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The South Peace has a number of opportunities for additional education after high school.  The post-secondary institutions found in the area direct their programs at people becoming skilled and more qualified in the industries and work sectors found in the South Peace.  There is also opportunity for some university courses in the arts and sciences departments.  Northern Lights College, “BC’s Energy College”, has three campuses in the area, from its original and administrative campus in Dawson Creek to two campuses in Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd.  Northern Lights College is best known for their Aircraft Maintenance Program, which is internationally recognized.

NLC Campus CentreNorthern Lights College

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Campus Phone Numbers:
Chetwynd: 250 788-2248
Dawson Creek: 250 782-5251
Tumbler Ridge: 250 242-5591
Or toll free at: 1 866 463-6652

The Dawson Creek Campus (the Northern Lights College campus in Fort St. John also offers these course plus a few others) offers a wide range of trade and apprenticeship programs, some examples are:

  • Aircraft Maintenance Program
  • Automotive service technician
  • Carpentry/Residential Construction
  • Heavy Duty Technician
  • Early Childhood Eduction
  • Esthetic and Nail Care technology
  • Hairstylist/Cosmetology
  • Millwright
  • Oil and Gas Field Operations
  • Plumbing
  • Power Engineering and Gas Processing
  • Practical Nursing
  • Welding - Levels A-C
  • Windturbine Maintenance Technician

University Arts and Science course are available which can lead to a Pre-Professional certificate, an Associates Arts Degree or further post secondary studies elsewhere.  Vocational Programs are available, some examples are:

  • Teacher Education
  • Visual and Graphical Communication Arts
  • Licensed Practical Nursing
  • Home Support Residential Care Attendant
  • Heavy Equipment operator
  • Applied business technology

There is also a Career and College Preparation department.  The Dawson Creek Campus includes aboriginal education services, recruiting, on-site student residences, library, gym, day care facility, bookstore, financial aid office and access to city transit.

The Chetwynd Campus supports the following programs:

  • Applied business technology
  • Career and College preparation
  • Entry Level University Arts and Science courses
  • Trades and Apprenticeship programs
  • Workforce training/continuing education

Chetwynd campus services include aboriginal education services, library, bookstore, day care centre, computer/internet access, financial aid and recruiting.

The Tumbler Ridge campus provides opportunities to upgrade training or education through Career and College Preparation courses or Workforce training/Continuing education programs.  Workforce training courses offered include first aid, Bear Aware and Hunting Safety.  Other programs include Applied Business technology and heavy equipment operator.  The campus includes a library and computer/internet access.

Lake View Learning Centre - Dawson Creek Literacy Society

Phone:  250 782-4211


Located in Dawson Creek, Lake View Learning Centre is a training centre for adults designed to help people who have difficulty in reading, writing, math, and computer skills.

They are also Dawson Creek’s only Settlement Services and English as a Second Language provider.  The Lakeview Learning Centre provides small group and one-on-one instruction in literacy for members of our community throughout the year. 

The community’s Good Food Box program is organized and operated by the Dawson Creek Literacy Society. Our programs keep growing as the community’s needs grow and change.

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