Northern Opportunities Expanding

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By , October 28, 2009

Signing 09It’s all smiles as the Northern Opportunities Northeast Learning Council and Working Group Members witness the signing of the Accountability Agreement with Northern Development Initiative Trust for their grant of $542,000.  This will officially ‘kick off’ the next three year phase of Expanding Northern Opportunities to include both trades and non-trades related courses for students’ post secondary pursuits.

Signing on behalf of the City of Fort St. John is Dianne Hunter, City Manager and Lori Ackerman, Fort St. John Council Member, witness (right front row).  Also in the photo, Jeff Beale, co-chair and signing authority for Northern Opportunities with Cheryl Anthony, Program Director, witness (left front row).

Automotive Service Technician runs in her family

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By , October 16, 2009
Kirstie Mitchell works on a vehicle at NLC’s Fort St. John Campus.

Kirstie Mitchell works on a vehicle at NLC’s Fort St. John Campus.

FORT ST. JOHN – A resident of Taylor has proved that Automotive Service Technician skills run in the family.

Kirstie Mitchell recently completed her entire training as an Automotive Service Technician at Northern Lights College, and did so in just two and a half years.

“This type of career is in my family. My grandfather was a mechanic in World War II, and my dad has been in the automotive industry for a long time,” Mitchell said. “And I really enjoy working with vehicles.”

Mitchell originally enrolled in the Foundation program at NLC’s Fort St. John Campus in the fall semester of 2006, and then proceeded to complete all four levels of Apprenticeship, as well as her Interprovincial exam to earn Red Seal status.

She said that writing the Interprovincial exam was the toughest part of her training.

“They try to test your knowledge,” said Mitchell. “You have to be very well prepared to write the exam.”

For more information on Trades and Apprenticeships, or any programs available at NLC, check the website at nlc.bc.ca or call 250-782-5251 or 1-866-463-6652.

Welding student produces tables for AME program

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By , October 8, 2009
Tyler Fisher with the tables built for the AME program.

Tyler Fisher with the tables built for the AME program.


DAWSON CREEK – Two programs in the Trades and Apprenticeship Division at Northern Lights College have worked together to help with some renovations at the Dawson Creek Campus.

Two metal tables were constructed by a Level C welding student for use in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME) program.

Tyler Fisher, a Level C welding student at NLC, completed the tables in a month, essentially on his own. He worked from drawings provided by an AME instructor.

“There were lots of intricate little adjustments that had to be made in this project,” said Kevin Walters, a welding instructor at NLC, who supervised Fisher’s work. “Tyler made sure it was square and level, and performed all the welds. All the practical experience he gained as a C level welder was used in the construction of these tables.”

The tables will be used for Type training courses specific to helicopters, as well as for different projects undertaken in AME Basic programming.

For more information on Trades and Apprenticeship programming available at NLC, call 250-782-5251, 1-866-463-6652 (1-866-INFO-NLC), or check the website at nlc.bc.ca.

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