Central Region

Academic Express Inc.


Unit B, 4946 – 50 Street

Red Deer, AB T4N 1X7

Contact: Shelley Sauter


(403) 340-1930


Academic Express Adult Education & Training has been certified with Student Finance Board since 1998 and is a member of the Alberta Association of Career Colleges. Our small group delivery, expertise instruction, and caring teachers provide our students with success in adult education and training. We are funded by Alberta Human Services and students may access grant funding to attend training.

Bredin Centre for Learning


400, 4406 – 50 Avenue

Red Deer, AB T4N 3Z6

Contact: Alison Ecklund


(587) 273-0228


Career Assistance Network


102, 5214 – 47 Avenue

Red Deer, AB T4N 3P7

Contact: Shaune Fandrey


(403) 341-7811


Cosmos Community Support Services Ltd.


1, 7428 – 49th Avenue

Red Deer, AB T4P 1M2

Contact: Carla Lawerence


(403) 343-0715


Career services at Cosmos are designed to help people gain the skills, knowledge, and training to successfully compete in todays’ ever-changing labour market. We offer over thirty years of experience in supporting job seekers, employers and industry leaders through our innovative and flexible training programs. Most importantly, our client’s on-going success speaks for itself. We currently deliver a number of government funded programs which offer unemployed, under-employed, and marginally employed Albertans the opportunity to gain on-the-job training and employment in a range of industries and roles. Our extensive partnerships with businesses and cross-industry leaders afford our clients the competitive edge in launching their new careers.

Employment Placement & Support Services (EPSS)


4915 – 54 Street

Red Deer, AB T4N 2G7

Contact: Chris Upsdell


(403) 343-6249


Lacombe & District Employment Service Centre


5230 – 45th Street

Lacombe, AB T4L 2A1

Contact: Monika Rondeel


(403) 786-0044


Located in Central Alberta, our Labour Market Resource Centres provide comprehensive employment services in Lacombe, Ponoka, Rimbey, and surrounding areas including Blackfalds, Eckville, Clive, Mirror, and Tees. We offer a wide range of assistance free of charge for employers seeking skilled workers and for people who may be re-entering the workforce, looking for employment, considering a career change, or reviewing their options for education. Our Employment Specialists contribute their knowledge and expertise of extensive labour market information and services that include job search strategies, interview skills, career and educational planning, resume and cover letter writing, workplace training programs, online application assistance, employment counselling, job placement programs, portfolio development, job postings and job fairs.

McBride Career Group Inc.


8, 4621 – 63 Street

Red Deer, AB T4N 7A6

Contact: Shirley McBride


(403) 348-0218


McBride Career Group Inc. began their work with unemployed Albertans in 1989, and has continually expanded services to present specialization in career consulting, employment support, occupational training, and professional development. There are three focal points to service provision:

Unemployed Albertans: To assist unemployed individuals to achieve and retain meaningful employment opportunities.

Career Changers: To assist working Albertans to identify steps required toward job and career goals.

Alberta Employers: To support the hiring, training, developing and retention of capable employees.


First Steps


1, 4737 – 49B Avenue

Lacombe, AB T4L 1K1

Contact: Audrey Herman


(403) 782-5040


The FIRST STEP Adult Education Center is an AB ED Accredited Private High School for adults returning to learning. We offer tutor-supported independent learning programs, focusing on the AB ED HIGHSCHOOL curriculum. Small classes and one-on-one tutoring enable the adult learners to meet the prerequisites of Colleges and Universities. We also have programs addressing the needs of ESL(EAL) learners and an ABE (Adult Basic Education) program, focusing on the basic (English, Science, Math) skills which would prepare them for entrance into HS courses. As well, we provide academic tutoring for those who want to challenge the AB Apprenticeship entrance exam or upgrade essential skills in the workplace. YES YOU CAN … is the prevailing motto of our dedicated tutors – who strive to create a friendly supportive learning environment, which invites Adults to challenge their abilities and take the first step in realizing their academic and career potential.