Regional Skills competitions upcoming in March

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By , February 28, 2011

DAWSON CREEK – Competitors ranging from Grade 6 students to post-secondary Apprentices will be testing their skills during the annual Peace Region Skills Canada competitions in March.

Two days of competitions have been scheduled. On Wednesday, March 9, Elementary, Middle and Secondary school students will test their skills in various disciplines at a number of locations throughout the Peace Region, including Northern Lights College.

For students in Grades 6-9 (Junior Skills), the Spaghetti Bridge Building Competition will be held in the NLC gymnasium.

For students in Grades 10-12 (Secondary), they will be eligible to compete in one of 10 disciplines:

· Baking, Carpentry, Culinary Arts, and Welding will be held at NLC’s Dawson Creek Campus;
· Cabinetmaking, Architectural Computer Aided Design (CAD), Cosmetology and Esthetics will be held at NLC’s South Peace Campus and South Peace Secondary School;
· Automotive Service Technician will be held at North Peace Secondary School in Fort St. John; and
· Fashion Technology will be held at Chetwynd Secondary School.

Then, on Saturday, March 12, Post-Secondary Apprentices and Trades students will have the chance to shine. NLC will host Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, Baking, Carpentry, Culinary Arts and Welding at the Dawson Creek Campus, and Cosmetology and Esthetics at the South Peace Campus. The post-secondary events are open to the public.

Each competition is open to students in the Peace, Liard and Stikine regions. The gold medal winner in each event will have the chance to travel to Abbotsford in April to compete at the Skills Canada Provincial championships.

The Peace Region did well at last year’s provincials, capturing a gold and two silver medals.

For more information on Skills Canada, or the Peace Regional events, contact the Peace Regional Skills Canada coordinator, Jamie Maxwell at South Peace Secondary School via email, jmaxwell@sd59.bc.ca.

Northern Opportunity grads featured in Dawson Creek Daily News

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By , February 27, 2011

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A true Dual Credit graduate in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering

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By , February 27, 2011

DAWSON CREEK – In recent years, a number of secondary school students have enrolled as Dual Credit students in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME) program at the Dawson Creek Campus of Northern Lights College.

But on Jan. 28, 18-year-old Anastasia Anderson became the first Dual Credit student to complete the program while still in secondary school.

Dual Credit allows secondary school students to enrol in College programming while still in secondary school, earning credits at both levels at the same time. Each year, dozens of Dual Credit students earn Certificates in five- or eight-month programs at NLC.

But earning a Diploma in a 15-month program as a Dual Credit student is a significant accomplishment. It requires planning on the part of the student to ensure secondary school course requirements are met, and then completing first- and second-year courses at the College level.

“I’ve always been used to working independently through distributed learning courses. Distributed learning was challenging for me, so when I started here, I was prepared for a difficult program,” Anderson said.

Anderson studied through the South Peace Distributed Learning School (formerly Electric Education) in Dawson Creek prior to starting the AME program in September 2009. She was an accomplished student, having met the AME program’s prerequisites (Grade 11 Math, English and Science) by the end of Grade 10. After completing English 12 in Grade 11, she had completed her required secondary school courses, and was ready to concentrate on AME.

“You have to really be dedicated. The instructors, and the other students push you, and it’s good that they push you, because that’s what it takes to be successful in the industry,” Anderson said. “It takes focus, and total dedication, and you need to be ready to work.”

Part of the reason for this is the responsibility undertaken by an aircraft maintenance engineer, with the lives of potentially thousands of people dependent daily on the knowledge and expertise of an engineer.

“It makes me more aware of being careful and safe, and making sure that everything is done right. You can’t be in a rush,” Anderson said.

She said that it helped to be surrounded by a group of students and instructors who share the same goals.

“That’s the great thing about this class, everyone is so dedicated,” Anderson said. “This is a really good class, my classmates and instructors are great. It’s almost like a family, with great dynamics.”

Even then, Anderson had some doubts through the first five months of the program.

“The first five months were the toughest. We did a lot of sheet metal work, and I had never done that before,” Anderson said. “But the last five months have been awesome, working on the floor, working on the aircraft.”

The AME Basic program is designed for students seeking a Canadian Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence, Category M1 or M2. Federal law requires aircraft to be certified before flight at regular intervals and after maintenance. There are three components required for licence application: training, experience, and successfully completing the Canadian Aviation Regulation exam. An NLC diploma provides the full training component and one and a half years of the four-year experience component.

Anderson plans to work in the field of helicopters, and already had an interview scheduled with a company in Fort St. John.

For more information on the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering program, check the NLC website at nlc.bc.ca or call 250-782-5251 or 1-866-463-6652. For more information on Dual Credit programming, students should contact their secondary school counselor.

Welding student earns tool bag and supplies from BC Hydro Construction

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By , February 14, 2011

DAWSON CREEK – Shaun Schmidt, a C Level Dual Credit welding student at Northern Lights College, is the

Shaun Schmidt (middle) received his tool bag from NLC welding instructor William Smith and Dean of Trades, Apprenticeship and Technology Jeff Lekstrom.

2011 recipient of a tool bag and supplies from BC Hydro Construction.

The award is presented to a welding student who shows a high level of proficiency and achievement.

Schmidt, who also attends Grade 12 at South Peace Secondary School, attained a final mark of 90 per cent in the NLC program. In addition to completing his studies, Schmidt is working part-time as a welder.

Schmidt’s award included a grinder, welding jacket, gloves, welding sleeves, and assorted tools.

For more information on the Welding program, or any programs at NLC, check the College website at nlc.bc.ca or call 1-866-463-6652 or 250-782-5251. For more information on Dual Credit programs, secondary school students should contact their school counselor.

Welding student earns tool bag and supplies from BC Hydro Construction

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By , February 13, 2011

DAWSON CREEK – Shaun Schmidt, a C Level Dual Credit welding student at Northern Lights College, is the 2011 recipient of a tool bag and supplies from BC Hydro Construction.

Shaun Schmidt (middle) received his tool bag from NLC welding instructor William Smith and Dean of Trades, Apprenticeship and Technology Jeff Lekstrom.

The award is presented to a welding student who shows a high level of proficiency and achievement.

Schmidt, who also attends Grade 12 at South Peace Secondary School, attained a final mark of 90 per cent in the NLC program. In addition to completing his studies, Schmidt is working part-time as a welder.

Schmidt’s award included a grinder, welding jacket, gloves, welding sleeves, and assorted tools.

For more information on the Welding program, or any programs at NLC, check the College website at nlc.bc.caor call 1-866-463-6652 or 250-782-5251. For more information on Dual Credit programs, secondary school students should contact their school counselor.

A true Dual Credit Graduate in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering

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By , February 10, 2011
Anastasia Anderson
Anastasia Anderson, inside the Aerospace hangar at the Dawson Creek Campus.

DAWSON CREEK – In recent years, a number of secondary school students have enrolled as Dual Credit students in the in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME) program at the Dawson Creek Campus of Northern Lights College.

But on Jan. 28, 18-year-old Anastasia Anderson became the first Dual Credit student to complete the program while still in secondary school.

Dual Credit allows secondary school students to enroll in College programming while still in secondary school, earning credits at both levels at the same time. Each year, dozens of Dual Credit students earn Certificates in five- or eight-month programs at NLC.

But earning a Diploma in a 15-month program as a Dual Credit student is a significant accomplishment. It requires planning on the part of the student to ensure secondary school course requirements are met, and then completing first- and second-year courses at the College level.

“I’ve always been used to working independently through distributed learning courses. Distributed learning was challenging for me, so when I started here, I was prepared for a difficult program,” Anderson said.

Anderson studied through the South Peace Distributed Learning School (formerly Electric Education) in Dawson Creek prior to starting the AME program in September 2009. She was an accomplished student, having met the AME program’s prerequisites (Grade 11 Math, English and Science) by the end of Grade 10. After completing English 12 in Grade 11, she had completed her required secondary school courses, and was ready to concentrate on AME.

“You have to really be dedicated. The instructors, and the other students push you, and it’s good that they push you, because that’s what it takes to be successful in the industry,” Anderson said. “It takes focus, and total dedication, and you need to be ready to work.”

Part of the reason for this is the responsibility undertaken by an aircraft maintenance engineer, with the lives of potentially thousands of people dependent daily on the knowledge and expertise of an engineer.

“It makes me more aware of being careful and safe, and making sure that everything is done right. You can’t be in a rush,” Anderson said.

She said that it helped to be surrounded by a group of students and instructors who share the same goals.

“That’s the great thing about this class, everyone is so dedicated,” Anderson said. “This is a really good class, my classmates and instructors are great. It’s almost like a family, with great dynamics.”

Even then, Anderson had some doubts through the first five months of the program.

“The first five months were the toughest. We did a lot of sheet metal work, and I had never done that before,” Anderson said. “But the last five months have been awesome, working on the floor, working on the aircraft.”

The AME Basic program is designed for students seeking a Canadian Aircraft Maintenance Engineer License, Category M1 or M2. Federal law requires aircraft to be certified before flight at regular intervals and after maintenance. There are three components required for license application: training, experience, and successfully completing the Canadian Aviation Regulation exam. An NLC diploma provides the full training component and one and a half years of the four-year experience component.

Anderson plans to work in the field of helicopters, and already had an interview scheduled with a company in Fort St. John.

For more information on the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering program, check the NLC website at nlc.bc.ca or call 250-782-5251 or 1-866-463-6652. For more information on Dual Credit programming, students should contact their secondary school counselor.

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