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With 15 different schools, approximately 13,000 students, 1,200 course takers and over 1,400 employees, Noorderpoort is one of the largest Regional Education Centres (Dutch: ROC) in the North of the Netherlands. We are based in the Province of Groningen and in Assen. Noorderpoort is large, but prefers focusing on ‘small.’ We have manageable-sized schools with individual characteristic features where everyone knows each other.

Secondary technical and vocational education (Dutch: mbo)
There is a choice of 170 mbo programmers from level 1 to 4. A level 1 programme (entry level) can be started without any qualification.

Company training and education
Noorderpoort also offers adults retraining or further education. We offer a comprehensive range in various fields such as technology, health care and the professional service sector. Moreover, all our mbo training courses of the BBL variety are accessible to adults. BBL, the basic profession-oriented learning path (Dutch: basisberoepsgerichte leerweg), is the combination of working and learning.

Courses and citizenship education
Are you planning to take a short refresher course? Noorderpoort offers this possibility, including, for example, Dutch, computer use and maths. Are you new to the Netherlands? Noorderpoort offers citizenship training at various levels.

Our people
Our people are specialists who educate our students to become successful professionals. You can meet them at school, during our open days and here on the Noorderpoort website.

Noorderpoort is governed by the Executive Board. The 15 schools are managed by school principals. In addition, there are staff directors who manage the various staff services, including HRM, Student Services and Education, Quality and Innovation, and Marketing and Communication.

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