Message from the President
Northern Lakes College (NLC) is a growing and innovative institution that serves a region of 164,000 square kilometers and more than 50 communities, including 15 First Nations and four Métis Settlements. Ensuring accessibility over such a large geographic service region means maximizing the technological tools available to distribute educational programming. Our unique, distributed learning models, including NLC LIVE Online™, NLC Anytime, Anywhere, and blended delivery, harness the power of a variety of integrated technologies to connect our students and faculty, and to provide necessary supports for students in remote campuses or communities. It is a testament to the effectiveness of NLC delivery models that they have been featured by the Conference Board of Canada.
Northern Lakes College maintains a strong and direct link to each of our communities through our community engagement model of Community Education Committees. Our dedication to the values of lifelong learning and community result in annual projects such as the Business Bootcamp, a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs, managers, and aspiring entrepreneurs to acquire essential business skills. In response to demand, we have added new programs, including Advanced Care Paramedic Upgrading and Primary Care Paramedic Upgrading. Expanding partnerships with Community Adult Learning Programs and school jurisdictions for Dual Credit programming provide increased access to programming for all community members. Future plans include the expansion of programming in Health Careers, information technology, and environmental programming.
Collaboration has served us well throughout our history and we are committed to pursuing further partnerships. These collaborations expand the opportunities available to learners in the NLC service region, along with providing access to NLC programming in other jurisdictions. Academic Upgrading and Practical Nurse programming are now available to residents of the Lakeland College service region thanks to our Campus Alberta initiatives, as is the NLC Early Learning and Child Care Diploma program in the Keyano College service region. Block transfer agreements with Athabasca University, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and University of Lethbridge provide residents of the NLC service region with increased degree opportunities.
Our inception in 1970 stemmed from the work and conviction of communities who saw the need for foundational learning in rural, northwestern Alberta. As the College approaches its 50th year in 2020, community continues to be at the heart of all that we do at Northern Lakes College.
Ann Everatt, President and CEO