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Community Education Committees

Northern Lakes College is committed to meeting the needs of ​local residents. Northern Lakes College has a special relationship with the communities it serves. Many communities have a ​Community Education Committee​ (CEC). These committees ensure that local residents have access to education and training suitable ​to their needs and goals. Committee and council members​ also promote and share College ​programs and news. Together, we are able to meet the needs of northern learners. ​

CEC Mandate and Terms of Reference ​

Community Education Committees and Council

Northern Lakes College has a special relationship with the region and the communities it serves. Committee members are nominated by their community but their final appointment is made by the College President. The CEC ensures that local residents have access to education and training that is suited to their needs and goals. Since committee members are nominated and/or appointed by elected bodies, they report back to their nominating body about College programs and activities. Committee members also convey information and requests to the College on behalf of their nominating body. Each CEC may advise the President and guide the activities of their community campus by:​

  • Identifying, assessing and setting priorities for programs and services needed in their community
  • Informing community residents about the programs and services available in their community
  • Recruiting and selecting students who apply for community programs offered by the College
  • Assisting in recruiting and selecting of staff who provide adult education services to their community
  • Evaluating adult education services delivered by the College in the community
  • Making recommendations that will enhance the quality, credibility and integrity of the College and their specific community campus.

Each Community Education Committee has a representative on the Council of Community Education Committees that deals with inter-community and regional topics. The Council meets monthly with the College President and advises on the operation of the College. The Council is also a public advisory body to the Northern Lakes College Board of Governors.

The Community Education Committees and their Council believe that:

  • The residents of Northern Alberta have the right to access the breadth and quality of adult education services afforded to other Albertans,
  • The College is composed of students, communities and staff,
  • Each partner has the right and responsibility to participate in determining, providing and evaluating the endeavours of the College.

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CEC Members

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CEC Location

Chair

Athabasca

Lionel Cherniwchan

Atikameg

Anna Okemow

Cadotte Lake

Mary Rose Whitehead

Chateh

Eileen Tecomba

Driftpile

Caroline Badger

Fort Vermilion

Odell Flett

Gift Lake

Bonnie Lamouche

Grouard

Manny Chalifoux

High Level

Lucille Labrecque

High Prairie

Terri Rosser

McLennan

Mac Olsen

Peace River

Bradley Drouin

Peavine

Greg Gauchier

Peerless Lake

Charles Orr

Slave Lake

Ernie Shanahan

Valleyview

Tanya Boman

Wabasca

Marcel Auger

Projects

Community Driven. Student Focused.

Creating an environment of collaboration and connectivity between community and campus is the goal behind the engagement projects of the Community Education Committees (CECs). Active and thoughtful communities become more participatory and can enrich the lives of those involved in very meaningful ways.

Each CEC is asked to pick three projects every academic year, one from each of the three pillars below.  Each pillar supports Northern Lakes College’s engagement focus: student engagement, community engagement and personal development.

Student engagement builds on the success of our students and finds ways to highlight their expertise or to help build upon their skills. Through this pillar, we can build pathways for future achievements or showcase current student accomplishments.

Community engagement generates involvement of the local community so that it becomes invested and interested in local education. This provides a foundation to build greater awareness of the community's unique needs and attributes. 

Personal development works to offer those serving on our local CECs the opportunity to expand their individual skills.  Training and development programs tailored to meet the needs of CECs can be coordinated at a local level.

Outlined below are possible suggestions for CECs under each pillar of engagement. CECs are also encouraged to brainstorm their own projects and to share with Council of Community Education Committees (CCEC) and External Relations the successes and lessons learned from the events. 

The long-term goal of this is to become a forum where communities can share their stories freely and openly. In the interim, we ask that details be recorded from each event or project so that External Relations can coordinate and share the information with other communities. The following three pillars include suggestions for possible engagement projects in your community.​

Student Engagement Projects

Student for a Day
Offer an open day when people can come to campus and learn what it is like to be a Northern Lakes College student. Involve students by asking them to be ambassadors and demonstrators.

Mentorship
Identify positive role models/mentors who are relevant to an individual student’s educational path, and arrange for a student to shadow this mentor for a day in their workplace.

Student-driven Community Projects
Encourage the students to organize a community event, such as a blood donor drive.

We are “COMMUNITY”
“We are______(community name)” project.  For example: “We are High Level”.  Ask local newspaper to feature a different student each week for a month or two.  Have them tell the student's story and explain how they will help make the community a better place when they have completed their education.

Speakers
Bring in Elders or speakers to address the students​.

Community Engagement Projects

Dinner and Silent Auction
Auction off bricks in a building where community members can memorialize their family name (if appropriate – will need Facilities' approval)​. 

Open Houses
Invite members of the community onto your local campus, offer prizes or giveaways, schedule demonstrations and answer questions about college programs.

Group Online or On-Site Training
Consider offering NLC LIVE Online™ classes to a group of people.  For example, in your community promote the NLC LIVE Online™ course, "Building Customer Relationships", but instead of having people do it on their own, you can create a space on campus where people can learn online together. Create an environment that fosters dialogue by serving refreshments and offers comfortable seating. After the lesson, allow time for discussion/networking if desired.

Survey
Design and coordinate local surveys to inquire more deeply about needed Continuing Education & Corporate Training or other training opportunities not currently being offered.

Short-term, Life Skills Training
Design and coordinate a short-term,​ life skills training program. For example, how to balance a cheque book, how to prepare food safely, etc.​


Personal Development

Continuing Education & Corporate Training has a number of training and development sessions that can be tailored for Community Education Committees. Click on the link above for a number of options; however, countless other training sessions can be created and developed for each CEC’s unique needs.