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NLC Alumni Team Up in K-4 Classroom

Posted on Mar 6, 2020

It all started with an invitation from the alumni of the Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) program to their Northern Lakes College instructors to come and see them putting their learning into action. In her email, alumni Gloria Fierro’s excitement was palpable, “I just wanted to drop you a note…

“It was home. It was local. It was accessible.”

Posted on Nov 18, 2019

I catch Oski Pasikoniwew Kamik (OPK) Vice-Principal, Joline Pelletier, at the end of the school day in the middle of the week. It is the middle of November, a time when a teacher might be tired. Joline sounds vibrant and energetic; it’s evident that a day spent with junior high students is a day she…

Northern Lakes College: A Family Affair

Posted on Oct 8, 2019

Northern Lakes College has always been a part of Andy Alook’s life. As a youngster, he would often accompany his dad, Russell Alook, to the campus. Russell was an instructor in the College’s Academic Upgrading program at the Wabasca Campus for over 30 years. His mother, after raising her family,…

Paying it Forward – NLC Alumni becomes Dean

Posted on Sep 4, 2019
Kathy Reid-Soucy

The Dean of Nursing and Allied Health at Northern Lakes College has made it her mission to provide quality educational opportunities in the field of health care to northern Alberta students. For Kathy Reid-Soucy, this is not only a professional goal but a personal one, as well. She is paying it forward.…

From Student to Department Head

Posted on Aug 14, 2019
Chris Montgomery-Hewett, Chair of Trades and Resource Technology

The Chair of Trades and Resource Technology at Northern Lakes College was once a student in a program she manages today. In 2006, Chris Montgomery-Hewett enrolled in the welder apprenticeship program. In 2019, she became the head of the department. This is the story of how she got from “a” to “z”.…

Heart Work: Traditional Indigenous Crafting Leads to Healing

Posted on Aug 14, 2019
Ramona Young & Angela Cardinal berry picking

She did her beadwork as the sun came up. She resumed her work in the evenings when the house was quiet, once the children settled for the night. It was a labour of love, what she calls “heart work”. With an estimated 40 to 50 hours of work, Northern Lakes College (NLC) alumni Ramona Young turned…

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…

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