NLC, SPCRS celebrate opening of new Reconnect House

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By , April 28, 2012

DAWSON CREEK – Residential Construction students from Northern Lights College and the South Peace Community

The front of the original Reconnect House on the day it was demolished.

Resources Society (SPCRS) celebrated the completion of the latest NLC home construction project with an open house on April 20.

Each year, the Residential Construction class builds a house as the practical portion of the Foundation trades training program.

This year, in cooperation with SPCRS and several community partners, the students constructed the new Reconnect House, a facility operated by SPCRS that provides programs and resources for youth in the South Peace region. The house is located on the site of the previous structure, at 904-103 Avenue in Dawson Creek.

“This was a great project for Northern Lights College. We were able to put back into the community in a big way, and help an organization achieve something that they might not have been able to achieve otherwise,” said Mark Heartt, Trades and Apprenticeship chair at NLC. “This has been a great project for the students. They learned what it feels like to donate to the community.”

The front of the new Reconnect House

During the open house, Arden Smith, department manager Family Safety, Counselling and Support Services for SPCRS, thanked the students for their work on the project.

“It’s been an amazing journey, watching you start from that hole in the ground back in October, and then to see this great facility. You can go away from this with a whole lot of pride in the work that you have done,” Smith said. “We extend our thanks and gratitude to the NLC Residential Construction training program and to the community for making this project happen.”

The result is a 1,300 square foot home that includes a living room, kitchen and dining room in the front, laundry facilities, washrooms and office space in the back. As has become common with NLC house projects, the structure is concrete from foundation to roof, with a high-efficiency furnace, hot water on demand, and an air-exchange system.

The students had some challenges on the project. Heartt said it was one of the smallest lots his students have worked on, but that it was a good learning process for when the students enter the workforce.

“Even backfilling was tough. We had to bring in special equipment, including a very small Bobcat. The students got to see what to do in very tight conditions,” Heartt said.

A number of industry and community partners made the project possible through donations in support of the new Reconnect House. The partners will be recognized on a special Donor Wall in the house, and during a special Donor Recognition Day on May 11.

Partners included: R. Moch Electric, Rotary Clubs of Dawson Creek, R-Home Supply, Encana Corporation, Lakeview Credit Union, Larry Moody, Rick Pavlis Trucking, Aquastat Plumbing and Heating, Emco Corporation, School District 59, Aurora Concrete, City of Dawson Creek, Tryon Land Surveying, Big Valley Sand and Gravel, George Hauber, The Cat Rental Store, and Travel Professionals.

The open house also included a display of artwork by students in NLC’s Visual Arts program.

For more information on the new Reconnect House and the services available, contact SPCRS at 250-782-9174. For more information on programs available at NLC, check the website at nlc.bc.ca, or call 250-782-5251.

Peace Region Skills Canada team heads off to provincials

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By , April 19, 2012

DAWSON CREEK – The students representing the Peace Region at the 18th annual Skills Canada British Columbia championships in Abbotsford gathered at Northern Lights College for a sendoff on Tuesday morning.

Team members were presented with jackets, and also assembled for a group photo, before departing for their flight to the Lower Mainland.

The Peace Region team is comprised of 20 competitors, including middle school, high school, and post-secondary students. Qualifiers were selected based on their performances at the Peace Region competition in March, held at NLC and Dawson Creek Secondary School.

Members of the Peace Region team competing at the provincials include:

Junior Division
·  Spaghetti Bridge: McKayla Dawson, Leah Thomson, Aaron Glover, Rachel McPhail
·  Gravity Cars: Jarrod Krane, Keatton Tiernan

Secondary Division
·  TV/Video Production: Bryan VanGenne, William MacElheren
·  Architectural CAD Design: Kelsey Wozniak
·  Cabinetmaking: Lucas Stratuliak
·  Carpentry: Marcus Bullert
·  Cosmetology: Carmen Mitchell
·  Welding: Austin Biddulph

Post-Secondary Division
·  Culinary Arts: Casey Gairdner
·  Aircraft Maintenance: Kristin Thackeray, Kristen Piazzini, Jeff Quock
·  Carpentry: Kyle Turner
·  Cosmetology: Kaley Garant
·  Welding: Branden Bowerman

Contributions were received from several organizations towards the travel costs for the event: EnCana Natural Gas, School District 59 Parent Advisory Committee, School Districts 59 and 60, and the Northern Lights College Foundation.

The provincial championships will be held on Wednesday, April 18 at Tradex in Abbotsford. For more information or results, go to www.skillscanada.bc.ca.

Primary Care Paramedic program in Dawson Creek

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By , April 18, 2012

DAWSON CREEK – Northern Lights College has partnered with the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) to offer the Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) program at the College’s Dawson Creek Campus.

The PCP program is the second level of paramedic training in British Columbia, and meets national occupational competency standards set out by the Paramedic Association of Canada. The program is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association.

The program operates on a distributed learning, part-time model that is comprised of three components: independent study online, which started in late March; a series of weekend workshops at NLC from May 25 to December; and three months of ambulance and in-hospital practicum starting in January 2013.

“The PCP program has a format that allows students to work and attend the program concurrently,” said Steven Mills, PCP Program Manager for the JIBC’s School of Health Sciences. “The program is intensive and utilizes a hands-on, applied, experiential learning model. It’s about enhancing health care in the north, and bringing new services and opportunities to our communities.”

Program components include intravenous therapy and other drug therapies, and a focus on cardiac, respiratory and trauma patients. The course will provide local ambulance personnel with a higher level of training and ability to treat patients.

The PCP program will complement the health care programs already offered in NLC’s Health Sciences Building – Health Care Assistant certificate, and Practical Nursing diploma. Both of those NLC programs are currently accepting applications for the next intakes starting in September.

Instructors for the program, Lana Wild and Debra Roberts, have a combined 25 years experience as paramedics. JIBC Regional Training Coordinator Greg Wright, with 35 years experience as a paramedic, oversees delivery of the program. As well, local BC Ambulance staff members will participate.

Piping projects go where no Instrumentation students have gone before

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By , April 12, 2012

Butterfly: Cole Comeau, Travis Stevens and Calum Rounthwaite

Enterprise: James Dawe and Michael Bourgoin

Horse: Teresa McNabb and Andrea Kurjata

FORT ST. JOHN – Students in the Industrial Instrumentation Foundation Trades program at the Fort St. John Campus of Northern Lights College showed their creativity during a recent piping project.

Instructor Stacy Smith asked the students to construct three-dimensional (geometric) shapes that could be pressure tested up to and hold 30 psi.

The projects yielded some impressive results, including a reproduction of the original Starship Enterprise, a horse, and a butterfly.

“The students this year have produced some extremely difficult and creative projects. However, the key part of the project is that every connection has to hold when the pressure test is done,” said Smith.

For more information on Trades and Apprenticeship programs at NLC, check the website at nlc.bc.ca or call the College at 1-866-463-6652.

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