Comprehensive Institutional Plan
Northern Lakes College has developed our Comprehensive Institutional Plan (CIP 2016 – 19) to guide our College’s strategic planning process. This plan is intended to be the catalyst to guide the ongoing strategic planning process that will result in the development of credit and non-credit programming to support the economic and community development needs of the communities we serve. As well, we have focused this plan on the ongoing development of student success initiatives, technology enhancements and community engagement opportunities. The region served by Northern Lakes College has a diversified economy and has experienced significant growth in Oil and Gas, Forestry and Agriculture sectors.
The Board of Governors of Northern Lakes College has identified 5 Key Focus Areas for this plan:
- Excellence in Education
- NLC as a Learning Partner for Life
- Connected to our Communities
- Build Capacity for the Future
- Applied Research
Northern Lakes College is a growing and unique institution that serves a vast region of 164,000 square kilometers, serving 50 communities including 15 First Nations and 4 Metis settlements. With the key value of Access at our core we have developed distance learning strategies that enables students from throughout our region to access our programs. We have a blended delivery model using a variety of integrated technologies to connect our students and faculty and strategies to provide the necessary supports for students in remote campuses or communities. In the past year, Northern Lakes College has been requested to share the success of our delivery model at the Conference Board of Canada Conference in Edmonton and now have been asked by the Conference Board of Canada to present a webinar to an audience throughout Canada.
Northern Lakes College has always been connected to our communities through our Community Education Councils and have responded to the needs of our region. In the past year we have added three new programs to our program mix including the Paramedic program, the Community Health Promotions Certificate and Diploma programs and the Water and Wastewater Certification program. As well, our Northern Lakes College Shell Canada Power Engineering and Technology Centre in Peace River came on stream this year and has provided enhanced opportunity for our learners. We have also added our Mobile Trades Training units to support outreach to smaller communities to access pre-Apprenticeship, pre-Technology and Dual Credit programming. Our future plans include the addition of environmental programming as well as programs to support our growing Forestry industry.