Northern Lights College is B.C.’s Energy College, serving northern British Columbia in an area covering more than 324,000 square kilometres. NLC opened in 1975 and has campus locations in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, and Tumbler Ridge, along with access centres in Atlin, Dease Lake and Hudson’s Hope.
Dawson Creek, British Columbia
Tumbler Ridge, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, Atlin, Dease Lake and Hudson’s Hope, British Columbia
Faculties: Business Management and Administration, Engineering Technology, Oil & Gas, Mechanical/Industrial/Electrical Trades certifications, Pre-Medicine Certificate, Practical Nursing Diploma, Social Services Diploma, University Arts & Science Associate Degrees: Criminology, Humanities, Archaeology, Pre-Education
NLC is a member of British Columbia Colleges (BC Colleges), a provincial group comprised of 11 colleges from throughout the Province of British Columbia.BC Colleges has a unique regional advantage and a long history of collaboration with industry, employers, communities and policy makers. This collaborative approach allows BC Colleges to graduate highly skilled workers who are equipped to support their families, build healthier communities and power the economy in all regions of British Columbia.
Programs at NLC are designed to provide students with the opportunity to obtain the necessary classroom education, and supplement that with appropriate practicum or hands-on opportunities to make the successful transition from student to employee.
Students at NLC have a number of options, depending on the chosen career path, from a certificates, diplomas, or associate degrees. Certificate programs are usually one year in duration, while diploma programs take two years. Associate degrees are also two years of study (60 credits), and can then be used to transfer to the third year of degree programs at provincial universities.
NLC is a member of the British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT), affording credit transferability between 20+ member universities and colleges. The college also has partnership agreements with several B.C. universities, which allows for the direct transfer of credits earned at NLC towards specific degrees and other programs.
Average tuition per semester (Academic Programs): $8,851
Average tuition (Trades programs): from ~$,4000 to ~$20,000, dependent on length of apprenticeship
- Dawson Creek: The City of Dawson Creek, or the Mile Zero City, is the starting point on the world famous Alaska Highway, and is the largest centre in the Peace River South region. Dawson Creek has a population of about 12,000, and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008.
- Fort St. John: Originally established in 1794 as a trading post, Fort St. John is the oldest European-established settlement in present-day British Columbia. It is known as the Energetic City, because of its location in the heart of the oil and gas industry in Northeastern B.C.
- Fort Nelson: Fort Nelson was established as a trading post in 1805 by the Northwest Fur Trading Company, and was named for British Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson.
- Tumbler Ridge: Tumbler Ridgewas recently designated a Unesco Global Geopark, which celebrates the natural geological history of the area that is rich with dinosaur fossils and trackways, waterfalls, caves and mountain lakes. A world renowned paleontological research center operates from Tumbler Ridge.
- Dease Lake: Dease Lake was established around 1839, and was once a Hudson Bay Company Trading Post, and was a hub of activity when the Cassiar gold rush erupted in 1872.
- Chetwynd: The District of Chetwynd is located in the beautiful foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and came into existence during construction through the Rocky Mountains in the 1950s, when it was used as a shipping point during the construction of hydroelectric dams in the 1960s and 1970s.
- Atlin: Atlin is a small isolated community in the Northwest corner of British Columbia.Glacial-fed Atlin Lake is 4 miles wide and 85 miles long, in a wide wilderness valley surrounded by snowcapped mountains. Atlin is an approximately 3 hour drive distance away from Whitehorse Yukon or Skagway Alaska.