Gander is a regional post-secondary training centre with several community colleges and private training institutions offering a variety of trades and technology career choices. For information on primary, elementary and high school educational facilities, see the 'Quality of Life' section of this website.

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College of the North Atlantic

The College of the North Atlantic is a large multi-campus provincial college with 17 campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador and one in the Middle Eastern state of Qatar. The College offers over 100 full-time and 300 part-time programs. Gander Campus is designated as the Center of Excellence for Aviation for the College. This profile was strengthened in the fall of 2010 as an international partnership was developed between the College and Lufthansa Technical Training. This partnership is intended to enable the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Technician students at Gander Campus to receive European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification, in addition to meeting Canadian and American standards. Not simply an Aircraft Maintenance training facility, however, the Gander Campus of the College of the North Atlantic also offers diploma and certificate programs for the Schools of Industrial Trades and Academics as well as the common first year for most CNA Engineering Technology programs.

Our slate of programs includes:
Adult Basic Education (Levels I, II and III)
Aircraft Structural Repair Technician (1 year) 
Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Technician (2 years) 
Automotive Service Technician - Entry Level (1 year) 
Automotive Service Technician
Apprenticeship (8-week blocks)
College Transition (2 semesters)
First-year Engineering Technology (1 year)
Hairstylist (1 year)
Instrumentation and Control Technician (1 year)
Marine Cooking (42-week contract) 

Specialty and custom-designed programs can also be offered for organizations and industry in conjunction with the College's Contract Training and Continuing Education Division.

College of the North Atlantic - Gander Campus
Tel: 709-651-4800
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GFT Aerospace College

The GFT Aerospace College is located at Gander International Airport and specializes in aircraft composite and bonding design, manufacturing and repair. The College provides industry specific training for employees of aviation manufacturing and repair companies, as well as recurrent training to Aircraft Maintenance and Structural Repair Technicians and Engineers. Flight training includes private and commercial pilot license training for fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft with a range of endorsements available. Additional courses range from advanced avionics to wilderness survival training.

GFT Aerospace College
Tel: 709-256-7484
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Keyin College - Gander Campus

Keyin College is a private post-secondary college with campuses throughout Eastern Canada. Gander Campus offers a selection of programs focusing primarily on business management and office solutions, including computer networking, hardware and software.

Keyin College - Gander Campus
Tel: 709-651-8560
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The Gander Campus of the College of the North Atlantic offers a full Adult Basic Education (ABE) program. Adult Basic Education is a high school equivalency program designed for adults who did not complete high school or who wish to upgrade their credentials in one or more subject areas. Students are provided with an opportunity to complete a Career Development Portfolio and to prepare a Personal Career Plan. This will assist in selecting the appropriate level of ABE - from basic literacy through to post-secondary preparation - as well as what specific courses should be included in the ABE program of study. An advising process is used to support students throughout their participation in this program. In order to enroll in the ABE Program, a student must be at least 17 years of age and out of the school system for at least one year.

The Gander Military Family Resource Centre offers Second Language Training, primarily to military spouses and adult dependants, beginning each September, January and April. Other interested individuals may inquire at the MFRC for applicable registration fees, but the cost differs and priority is given to military spouses. Each session offers 60 hours of instruction. The curriculum focuses on conversational skills, although there is a reading and writing component at each level. Participants are offered a choice of daytime or evening classes and every attempt will be made to accommodate the student's preference.

Students are normally responsible for arranging their own accommodations, but Gander's colleges all maintain lists of boarding/rooming houses, apartment buildings and home owners who traditionally rent private apartments to students.Many part-time job openings in the food service, retail and hospitality industries are posted in visible locations at the respective businesses.

Job opportunities may also be advertised on public bulletin boards or in the classified section of the local newspaper. Some part-time positions can also be found through Service Canada's Job Bank, online at external_link_icon or by telephone toll free at 1-800-523-4732.

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