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From Alumni to Faculty: Getting There Sooner than Anticipated

Posted on Apr 17, 2019
NLC Instructor Ryan Broadfoot with Carpentry student

Ryan Broadfoot always thought he would cap a long carpentry career and ease into retirement by teaching in the trades. “I’ve gotten there sooner than anticipated,” he laughs. “The idea was that I would teach when I was 55 and didn’t want to work in construction or out in the elements anymore.”…

Things Just Fall into Place

Posted on Mar 13, 2019
NLC Alumni Brooke Ghostkeeper

Returning to school as a mature student is never a simple task. Brooke Ghostkeeper can attest to that. In spite of the challenges, her advice to others is concise: “Just do it! It is a life-changing experience. Things just fall into place.” It is evidently worth the sweat and tears, as Brooke’s…

The Art of the Weld

Posted on Mar 6, 2019
NLC Alumni Ralph Courtorielle

When you think of art forms, welding is not a medium that comes to mind. The work of Ralph Courtorielle creates a compelling argument for its inclusion. A journeyman welder, Ralph completed his welding training at Northern Lakes College and is currently teaching Pre-Employment Welding at the College.…

A Career with Staying Power

Posted on Mar 1, 2019
NLC Alumni Ellen Davies

When Ellen Davies decided to reenter the workforce after having her four children, she knew she would need to retrain. Upgrading her skills to return to the career she had left behind in the corporate offices of the up-again-then-down-again oil industry did not appeal to her. She wanted a career that…

Not Lost in Translation: Providing French-speaking Albertans with Health Services

Posted on Feb 20, 2019
NLC Alumni Rachelle Bérubé

The large, French-speaking population of the Smoky River Region is able to obtain health services in French thanks in part to the work and dedication of Rachelle Bérubé. As the French Health Coordinator for Alberta Health Services’ North Zone, Rachelle’s role is to promote and improve access and…

Discovering the World of Water

Posted on Dec 14, 2018
NLC Alumni McKenna Patterson

The majority of us take for granted that clean, potable water flows from the taps in our homes. Glenmary high school student McKenna Patterson knows what goes into making this occur, thanks to her participation in the Northern Lakes College Water and Wastewater Operator Preparation Level 1 program through…

Adoption of MMP Program at J.D. Irving Accelerates Management Talent

Posted on Dec 3, 2018
Mike Crowell, Director of Maintenance at Irving Forest Services

The Maintenance Management Professional (MMP) program focuses on the effective management of physical assets. Mike Crowell, Director of Maintenance at Irving Forest Services in New Brunswick, a division of J.D. Irving Ltd., credits the program with creating a platform for attaining leading practice…

Alumni Star in Discovery Canada's: Hellfire Heroes

Posted on Nov 9, 2018
NLC Alumni Ryan Coutts and Patrick McConnell

Patrick McConnell and Ryan Coutts work for the Lesser Slave Lake (LSL) Regional Fire Service, which was the “ground zero” crew for the 2011 Wildfire that tore through the Town of Slave Lake. Both are graduates of the Emergency Medical Responder program.|“In the untamed wilderness of Central Alberta,…

Turning your Life Around

Posted on Oct 31, 2018
NLC Alumni Chris Yellowbird

Chris Yellowbird is from Alexander First Nation and his background story is a recollection of trauma, abuse, and misuse. Yellowbird shares, “I have an interesting story, because I used to be a client at the Footprints Healing Centre in Alexander First Nation. I am about 21 months sober now [at time…

Only I Can Define What I Can Do

Posted on Jun 22, 2018
NLC Alumni and Valedictorian Makayla Laboucan

Valedictorian Makayla Laboucan delivered the farewell statement to the class of 2018. “When I received the letter indicating that I was chosen to be NLC’s valedictorian, I was shocked. I called my family to let them know because this is a big deal for me,” Laboucan exclaims.A member of the Sucker…

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