YES-2-IT: Youth Exploring Skills to Industry Training

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By , February 15, 2010

WHEN:
Wednesday, Feb. 17
First program session: 9:45-11:15 am
Lunch: 11:30 am to 12 noon
Final program session: 12:15-1:30 pm

WHERE:
Fort St. John Campus, Northern Lights College, and North Peace Secondary School

DETAILS:
More than 400 grades 8-9 School District 60 students will experience a day on a Northern Lights College campus, learning about training options in Trades and Apprenticeships, and other Dual Credit programs and courses offered at NLC. Each student participates in hands-on activities pertaining to two programs for which s/he has pre-registered.

The event is co-sponsored by the Industry Training Authority; School District 60; EnCana; Northern Opportunities; and NLC.

NLC’s on-site contacts for the day will be Communications Director Brad Lyon or Recruitment Manager Kristina Van De Walle.

Brad Lyon, Communications Director
Northern Lights College • BC’s Energy College

Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician program underway

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By , February 15, 2010
Wtmt-class: The inaugural Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician class at NLC, with Dean Howard Mayer (left) and instructor Duane Mitchell (right).

Wtmt-class: The inaugural Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician class at NLC, with Dean Howard Mayer (left) and instructor Duane Mitchell (right).

DAWSON CREEK – The only Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician program offered in British Columbia is underway at Northern Lights College with a full inaugural intake of 16 learners.

The Wind Turbine Technician program is one of the cornerstones of the NLC’s Centre of Excellence for Clean Energy Technologies based at Dawson Creek Campus.

The program commenced on Feb. 1, and it was a busy first week for the learners and instructor Duane Mitchell.

In addition to settling into the program’s new classroom in the gymnasium building, the class hosted two special guests from BZEE.

BZEE is an international conglomerate of manufacturers, government, and environment groups that develops the training curriculum required so that wind turbine technicians acquire the same level of basic knowledge. NLC is a member of BZEE, and Mitchell travelled to Germany in 2009 to complete six weeks of wind turbine instructor certification training.

Nils Peters and Beate Buhl made their first-ever visit to Dawson Creek on Feb. 4 to see the program in operation, and to provide NLC with access to BZEE’s database. That database can be accessed only by BZEE-affiliated colleges, and contains the approved program curriculum.

“We are very happy the program has started in British Columbia. It covers a very important need here, and will bring people into employment in the region,” Peters said.

Peters pointed out that it would be important for the learners to have hands-on experience. At NLC, much of that hands-on experience will come via a training tower to be erected in conjunction with the ongoing Energy House construction.

“This cannot just be a blackboard and chalk program. The equipment, when installed, will be the complete College training facility,” Peters said.

Graduates from the certificate program, which concludes in January 2011, will be prepared to enter the steadily expanding wind energy sector. Students are provided with the theoretical knowledge base supporting wind turbines and the practical maintenance procedures required to maintain turbine output availability.

The curriculum includes safety and wind turbine-specific courses, as well as pertinent electrical and millwright training. As well, there is a month-long summer practicum placement for each learner.

For more information on the Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician program, or any program at NLC, check the website at nlc.bc.ca, or contact the Student Recruitment department at 1-866-463-6652.

Grade 9 students get hands-on experience at NLC

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By , February 2, 2010
YES 2 IT Carpentry

Carpentry program dual credit grad Clayton Van De Water oversees Grade 9 student at the YES 2 IT event.

More than 150 Grade 9 students from School District 59 converged on Northern Lights College on Jan. 13 for a YES-2-IT (Youth Exploring Skills to Industry Training) event.

YES-2-IT provides students with the opportunity to spend a half-day in their choice of two program areas available to secondary school students for Dual Credit study. The event was held at NLC’s Dawson Creek and South Peace campuses.

World Pro chuckwagon driver and EnCana employee, Mark Sutherland, kicked off the day with a keynote challenge for the students to chase their aspirations, wherever they may lead. From there, students moved to programs that they pre-selected to have an interactive opportunity to see a trade or vocation in action.

Students who attended the Cook training session were easy to identify in their white chef hats. They could be found in the College cafeteria kitchen helping to prepare lunch menu items such as cabbage rolls, biscuits and muffins.

The highlight of the Residential Construction session was a tour through the Health Sciences Building construction site along with NLC carpentry program students. At the site they saw painters, electricians, welders and carpenters renovating the building. One of the carpenters is a graduate of the NLC Dual Credit program. He demonstrated how to frame a wall and had the Grade 9 students assist with hanging and attaching wallboard to steel studs.

Other featured program areas were: Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, Applied Business Technology, Auto Service Technician, Cosmetology/Hairstylist, Early Childhood Education/Education Assistant, Esthetics, Health Care Assistant, Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Technician, Plumbing, Practical Nursing, University Arts and Sciences, Visual and Graphic Communication Arts, Welding, and Wind Turbine Technology.

YES-2-IT is designed to give students hands-on experience at what specific careers might be like. The event also shows students they can start the transition to a career in Grade 11 or 12, earning secondary and post-secondary school credits while still in secondary school.

Based on written teacher feedback, the event has met its goals.

“This is finally capturing the imaginations of an interactive generation. Rather than the students sitting through lectures, they are allowed to try things, question things, and see things for themselves. This is one of the most useful tools we have to assist students with career planning,” a teacher wrote.

Event sponsors included: School District 59, Industry Training Authority, EnCana, Northern Opportunities, Dominos Pizza, and Dominion Construction.

The College also will be hosting YES-2-IT events at the Fort St. John Campus in February, and Fort Nelson Campus in May.

For more information on Dual Credit programs, students should contact their secondary school counsellor. For more information on programs available at NLC, call 250-782-5251 or check the website atnlc.bc.ca.

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