About Yukon College
Yukon College (YC) is an integral part of the Yukon, with 13 campuses throughout. Grounded in northern expertise and strong partnerships, YC contributes significantly to the development of a healthy and prosperous north through relevant, innovative and inclusive education and research.
The Yukon is home to 37,000 inhabitants, and revered for its wild, mountainous grandeur and beauty. It has long enticed visitors with outstanding recreational opportunities such as dog sledding, hiking, watching northern lights and canoeing world-famous rivers, as well as an impressive First Nations and gold rush history. But the reputation is expanding. With Yukon College at the hub, the territory has entered the world stage as a leader in northern research and innovation.
As the only post-secondary education institution in the Yukon, the main campus, Ayamdigut, sits on a bluff overlooking Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon, with a population of 29,000. In 2013 Yukon College celebrated its 50th anniversary, starting as the Whitehorse Vocational and Technical Training Centre in 1963. For more historical information view YC’s history.
Yukon College pioneers new initiatives and programs with the help of our Yukon Research Centre, a new state-of-the-art Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining facility, the Northern Institute of Social Justice, and the Indigenous Self Determination Institute.
The 2016-2021 YC Strategic Plan identifies one of our five strategic directions as ‘Become a northern focused university’. This transition is anticipated to take place sometime between 2021 and 2023.
At Yukon College, students will find an education relevant to the North. Ninety-six percent of students in the 2015 Student Survey were found to be “satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of instruction and course content at Yukon College”. With over 50 certificate, diploma and degree programs through seven academic and career schools, many with a northern focus, there is something for everyone. Yukon College alumni would recommend YC at a rate of 93%.
For further information on Yukon College, view the Annual Report.