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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.

































Location & Facilities

Northern Lights College has eight campuses. The largest international student program is located on the Fort St. John Campus. However, all of the other campuses welcome international students.

The College region is approximately 325,000 square kilometers in area and is occupied by about 70,000 people. Most of the population lives along the world famous Alaska Highway which begins in Dawson Creek and ends in Fairbanks, Alaska.

How Do I Get To NLC?
Driving time from Vancouver by car is about 15 hours, by bus about 21 hours and by air 1.5 hours.

Fort St. John is served by Air Canada Jazz and West jet which has several daily flights to Fort St. John direct from the Vancouver International Airport Main Terminal. Dawson Creek is served by Central Mountain Air, which has daily flights weekdays direct to Dawson Creek from the Vancouver International Airport Main Terminal.


  • Atlin
  • Chetwynd
  • Dawson Creek
  • Deason Lake
  • Fort Nelson
  • Fort St. John
  • Tumbler Ridge


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.























































List of Departments / Schools / Faculty / College

    • Business Management
    • Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
    • Industrial Instrumentation Mechanics
    • Academic and vocational programs
















































Courses Offered

Name of the Program

1 Adult Basic Education
2 Aircraft Maintenance Engineering – Basic Training
3 Aircraft Maintenance Engineering – Type Training
4 Alaska Highway Consortium on Teacher Education (AHCOTE)
5 Applied Business Technology
6 Associate of Arts Degree – AHCOTE
7 Automotive Service Technician – Foundation (Fort St. John)
8 Automotive Service Technician – Foundation (Dawson Creek)
9 Automotive Service Technician – Apprenticeship
10 Business Management Certificate
11 Business Management Diploma
12 Business Management Post Degree Diploma
13 Business Management Post Degree Diploma – Health Administration Specialization
14 Business Management Post Degree Diploma – Information Technology Specialization
15 Career and College Preparation
16 Carpentry – Apprenticeship
17 Carpentry – Foundation Level 1 (Enhanced)
18 Carpentry – Foundation Level 2 (Enhanced)
19 Commercial Transport Technician – Apprenticeship
20 Computer Support Technician Certificate
21 Criminology – Certificate
22 Criminology – Diploma
23 Early Childhood Education and Care
24 Education Assistant – Certificate
25 Education Assistant – Diploma
26 Electrician – Apprenticeship
27 Electrician – Foundation
28 English as a Second Language
29 Esthetics and Nail Care Technology
30 Hairstylist (Cosmetology)
31 Health Care Assistant
32 Heavy Duty Equipment Technician – Apprenticeship
33 Heavy Mechanical Trades – Apprenticeship
34 Heavy Mechanical Trades – Apprenticeship
35 Heavy Mechanical Trades – Foundation/Level 1 (Fort St. John)
36 Heavy Mechanical Trades – Foundation/Level 1 (Dawson Creek)
37 Industrial Instrumentation Mechanic – Apprenticeship
38 Industrial Instrumentation Mechanic – Foundation
39 Job Education and Training
40 Millwright (Industrial Mechanic) – Apprenticeship 
41 Millwright (Industrial Mechanic) – Foundation Level 1 (Enhanced)
42 Millwright (Industrial Mechanic) – Foundation Level 2 (Enhanced)
43 Oil and Gas Field Operations 
44 Plumber – Apprenticeship 
45 Plumber – Foundation Level 1 (Enhanced)
46 Plumber – Foundation Level 2 (Enhanced)
47 Power Engineering and Gas Processing
48 Practical Nursing
49 Pre-Employment Workplace Essential Skills
50 Professional Cook – Level 1
51 Professional Cook – Level 2
52 Certificate – Arts
53 Certificate – Engineering
54 Certificate – Humanities 
55 Certificate – Pre-Education
56 Certificate – Pre-Medicine
57 Certificate – Social Sciences
58 Degree – Associate of Arts
59 University Arts and Sciences - Online Courses
60 Welding – Foundation
61 Welding – Apprenticeship
62 Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician
63 Workforce Training













































































































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