Northern Lights College
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Tuition: $3,000.00  Students: 1,500
11401- 8th Street
Dawson Creek, BC      V1G 4G2

Northern Lights College

Northern Lights College was established in 1975. It is a post-secondary community college that provides education to the Northern British Columbia residents. It currently has eight offices in eight communities, with a working agreement with the University of Northern British Columbia. Its vision is to “provide accessible, responsive and diverse learning opportunities to enhance the quality of life for the community it serves,” and its mission is to achieve its aim and vision through integrity, respect, and teamwork. ... continued below

About Northern Lights College

Campus: Facilities, Residence and Location

The institution has seven campuses: Atlin, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Hudson's Hope Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, Tumbler Ridge, and Dease Lake. On-campus residences are available at Dawson Creek and Fort St. John. Residences in Dawson Creek can accommodate up to 196 students. It has indoor and outdoor activity areas, one bedroom units for partners, assisted living units, separate study areas, and Residence Management and Security. Amenities include a computer desk and internet access. Each suite includes a kitchen with table and chairs, microwave, fridge, and a stove. The suite also has a large picture window, smaller windows that open, and a comfortable chair and couch. St. John Residence can accommodate 102 students. It also has indoor and outdoor activities, separate study areas, and Residence Management and Security. Each bedroom has an extra long single bed, with dressers, chairs, and Internet access. The suite also has a kitchen with table and chairs, microwave, fridge, and stove.

Student Services and Student Life

The College offers the following student services: Aboriginal Services, Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT), Dual Credit Assessment, Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), Writing Assessment, Bookstore, Conflict Resolution, Daycare Disabilities / Special Needs Access, Discrimination / Sexual Harassment, Financial Assistance (Awards, NLC Foundation), Freedom of Information / Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP), Library Services, Ombudsman, Registration, Rights & Responsibilities and College Publications.

Academic Programs

(AHCOTE) Elementary Education Teaching Certificate

Adventure Tourism Certificate

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering - Basic Training Diploma

Applied Business Technology (Administrative Assistant) Certificate

Associate of Arts (Fine Arts in Visual Arts) Diploma

Associate of Arts Degree

Associate of Arts Degree (Criminology Specialization)

Automotive Service Technician (Foundation Trades Training) Certificate

Business Management Certificate

Business Management Diploma

Career and College Preparation Program

Culinary Arts Advanced ELTT II and III Program

Culinary Arts Basic (ELTT Level I) Certificate

Early Childhood Education Certificate

Early Childhood Education Citation or Diploma

Education Assistant Certificate

Electrician (Foundation Trades Training) Certificate

Esthetics and Nail Care Technology Certificate

Family Child Care Certificate

First Nations Human Service Worker Certificate

General Educational Development Tests

Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Entry Level Trades Training Certificate

Heavy Equipment Operation Certificate

Home Support/Resident Care Attendant Certificate

Industrial Instrumentation Mechanic Certificate

Job Education and Training Certificate

Land Administration Certificate

Land Agent Diploma

Millwright (Foundation Trades Training) Certificate

Office Management Diploma

Oil and Gas Field Operations Certificate

Plumber (Foundation Trades Training) Certificate

Power Engineering and Gas Processing Certificate

Practical Nursing Certificate

Renewable Resources Technical Assistant Certificate

Residential Construction Certificate

School Age Child Care Certificate

Social Services Worker Diploma

Steamfitter/Pipefitter Certificate

Transition to Trades Program

Transition to Work Program

University Arts and Science Certificate Programs

University Transfer Program

Visual and Graphic Communication Arts Certificate

Welding Level C, B and A Programs

Scholarships and Financial Aid

NIC provides deserving students scholarships, bursaries, and financial aid. Some of them include: Aboriginal Student Multi-Purpose Fund, Alaska Highway News Award, BC Hydro Scholarship, CA Education Foundation Award, CanWest Global Communications Bursary, CanWest Global Communications Scholarship, CGA Academic Excellence Scholarship, CGA Continuing Education Scholarship, Chetwynd Masonic Lodge #187 Entrance Award, David Bradley Science Award, Finning Canada Award, Fort Nelson First Nations Award, Fort St. John Community Arts Council Art Award, Fort St. John Community Arts Council Creative Writing Award, and Harley Lindley Memorial Scholarship.

Dawson Creek Information

The City of Dawson Creek is a small city in northeastern British Columbia, Canada. At the foot of Bear Mountain ridge, the city developed around Dawson Creek watercourse which flows eastward into the Pouce Coupe River. The city is located on the Pouce Coupe Prairie in the southwestern part of the Peace River Country.

The economy of Dawson Creek is based around four major industries: agriculture, retail, tourism, and oil and gas. Agriculture has historically been the most important industry to Dawson Creek, as the city is the regional transshipment point for agricultural commodities. The city is surrounded by the Agricultural Land Reserve, where the soil can support livestock and produces consistently good yields of quality grain and grass crops, such as canola, hay, oats, alfalfa, wheat, and sweet clover.

The culture of Dawson Creek is centered around its designation as Mile '0' of the Alaska Highway. The Mile '0' post, as depicted in the flag, is located in the historic downtown area, one block south of the Northern Alberta Railways Park. This four acre, mostly paved, park is the gathering point for travellers and the official beginning of the Alaska highway. The park also includes the Dawson Creek Art Gallery which exhibits works from local artists and craftsmen.


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