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                                     NORTHERN LIGHTS COLLEGE

About Northern Lights College

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. NLC 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.

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 you 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.

You have a number of options, depending on your chosen career path. You can earn a certificate, diploma, or associate degree. Certificate programs are usually one year in duration. Diploma programs take two years. Associate degrees take two years of study (60 credits), and can be used to transfer to the third year of degree programs at provincial universities and university-colleges. Ensure the transferability of courses when making your educational plans.

Some NLC programs are offered at specific campuses, while others are offered at more than one campus or delivered through one or more alternative delivery methods.

NLC has videoconference facilities available at all campuses. Videoconferencing is utilized for a number of courses in different program areas. Some program areas are offered via online instruction, others through distributed delivery, and some through the use of mobile training facilities.

As well, NLC has partnership agreements with several B.C. universities. These agreements allow for the direct transfer of credits earned at NLC towards degree and other programming.

At NLC, you will be provided with the training and education to:

§  proceed to further education at the college or university level,

§  enter a specialized area of the workforce,

§  step directly into one of 15 different trades and apprenticeships,

§  upgrade your skills or courses, or

§  begin a career in the helping or teaching professions.

Northern Lights College – Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles
Northern Lights College provides the educational means for the continued growth and prosperity of our students, and the communities and businesses across northern British Columbia.

Northern Lights College is seen as the post-secondary education provider-of-choice by our students, staff, communities and businesses.


Guiding Principles
Northern Lights College performs within the highest ethical standards.  We respect the following Guiding Principles and take responsibility for our actions:
Learner-Centred: We provide programming and services that meet the development, employment, and health and safety needs of our students.
Learning-Centred:  Through our collaborative teamwork, we strive to achieve ongoing team growth and personal growth, and thus purposefully increase our capacity as an organization. 
Centring on Excellence: We constantly strive to achieve and foster excellence through our actions.
Environmental Sustainability: We practice and promote principles that protect and sustain our natural environment. 
Innovation: We encourage and support the development of creative initiatives that address opportunities for constructive change.
Partnerships and Community Connections: We believe cooperation with other institutions and organizations is a core approach to achieving desired results for students and stakeholders.
Respect: We treat each person fairly and equitably, acknowledging and valuing individual perspectives and diversity. 
Teamwork and Personal Leadership: We encourage collaboration, initiative and respectful communication throughout the College.
Accountability: We establish and achieve objectives that are cost effective and open to public review.


Critical Success Factors

Students: We attract sufficient numbers of students to justify the educational programs we provide. Students attain the knowledge, skills, abilities and qualifications necessary for employability, transferability, career advancement, personal wellness and social development.  Our programming and services promote the inclusion of Aboriginal cultures and knowledge, and provide a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for students of all cultural backgrounds.
Communities: Members of the communities we serve believe we are contributing significantly toward enriching their level of education and improving their quality of life. 
Employees: We have sufficient numbers of qualified, motivated employees.  Our staff members believe the College is a fair, equitable and progressive place to work.
Innovation: We seek creative ways and means to meet the education and training expectations of our strategic partners. We broaden our education leadership role to include ever expanding virtual boundaries.
Labour Market: We are seen as the education and training provider-of-choice to meet the needs of businesses, industry and organizations.
Stewardship and Sustainability: We are responsible stewards of the assets under our administration. We are trusted and respected by our funding partners. We manage the College within its fiscal limits.  Our employees believe they have the appropriate tools readily available for them to do the work.


Northern Lights College Policies

Northern Lights College is currently in the process of reviewing and updating its policies.  This website will be updated as changes occur. Thank you for your patience while we make these improvements.
Standards of Ethical Conduct Policy
Conflict of Interest and Workplace Relationships Policy
Whistleblower Policy
Human Rights Policy
Respectful Workplace Policy

NLC Foundation

Foundation Objectives

Formed in 1981, the Northern Lights College Foundation has these objectives:

1.       to foster community interest in promoting higher education and training

2.       to act as a recipient of trust funds in the form of monies or other properties

3.       to assist in community projects and promotion of higher education and to grant monies to Northern Lights College for the designated use of scholarships and bursaries to be awarded to students.

Donation Opportunities

There are several ways by which individuals, organizations and businesses can donate to students and to the College through the Foundation. All donations receive a receipt for income tax purposes.

Financial Donations

One Time Award

You may wish to make a contribution to be awarded on a one-time only basis.

Annual Award

You may wish to make a contribution on an annual basis in support of a particular interest at the college.

Endowment Development

You may wish to make a gift of a capital amount to either establish or support an endowment, the interest from which is used to provide an annual award.


You may wish to contribute equipment, materials and services to any program of the college. As well, students appreciate assistance in acquiring items which complement their vocational pursuits.

How to Donate to the Foundation

For information on how to donate, please contact the Executive Director or President.

Donor Recognition

The Northern Lights College Foundation values donations that promote the success of Students and the College. All donations are gratefully acknowledged.


The Northern Lights College Foundation distributes over $300,000 in awards and program support annually. As of July 31, 2013, the Foundation's assets and endowment funds totaled over $3 million.