Brian Campbell on August 26th, 2011

Bert Bowes students in Grade 9 completed a construction project in mid June.  Fourteen students participated in the two day project.  Richard Koop, residential construction instructor for school district 60, taught the students the various skills of the trade in the construction of storage sheds.

Brian Campbell on June 17th, 2011

Students from Wonowon Elementary School visited North Peace Secondary School to explore career pathways.  Students had the opportunity to try some hands on learning in the Metal Shop and work with our Dual Credit students in the Hair Salon.  The students learned about potential careers and how to safely use equipment.

The many of the boys were saving the projects they made for Father’s Day and the Girls are excited to practice what they have learned in the Hair Salon.


Brian Campbell on June 16th, 2011
Duncan Cran held a “girl’s day” on June 13 for the grade 5 & 6 girl’s of Mr. Read and Longley’s classes.  Girls covered topics such as; self-esteem, media messages, health and nutrition.  They held a Yoga session hosted by Meg Lusk.
Dual Credit students from the Hairdressing class at North Peace Secondary School also held a session on hair and make-up.

Brian Campbell on June 13th, 2011

Automotive Dual Credit, Ryan and his mother talk about how the Automotive Service Technician Program has positively effected his learning.  Ryan explains how it is to learn in a college environment and how he is going to transition into his career.

Brian Campbell on May 27th, 2011


MaKayla Todd, Meghan Pimm, and Taryn Johnston (above) were the three winners of the Northern Health Essay contest and received the opportunity to spend a day alongside laboratory professionals to find out what is involved in their careers.

All the students had a great day and learned about the training and education needed to become a laboratory professional.

Brian Campbell on May 17th, 2011

More than 300 Grade 9 students and chaperones from School Districts 60 and 81 converged on Northern Lights College on May 11 for the annual Dual Credit Day event.

Dual Credit Day provides students with the opportunity to experience their choice of three program areas available to secondary school students for Dual Credit study. The event was held at NLC’s Fort St. John Campus and North Peace Secondary School.

Participants selected from numerous program areas, including: Applied Business Technology, Automotive Service Technician, Business Management, Carpentry, Electrician, Cosmetology, Early Childhood Education and Care, Environmental Practice, Geomatics Engineering Technology, Health Care, Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Technician, Industrial Instrumentation, Oil and Gas Field Operations, Power Engineering, Social Services Worker Diploma, University Arts and Sciences (English, Psychology, Film, Chemistry), Welding, and Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician.

Dual Credit Day gives students hands-on experience to discover information about specific careers. Students learned they could start the transition to a career in Grade 11 or 12, earning secondary and post-secondary school credits while still in secondary school.

“It’s great to have so many of our students on the Northern Lights College campus to experience a day in the life of a college student. It gives the students exposure to different careers and helps to set goals. This day is an important part of getting our students career and college ready,” said Brian Campbell, district principal of Careers and International Education for SD 60.

Event sponsors included Encana, School Districts 60 and 81, and Northern Opportunities.

The event is a huge undertaking for the College, with participation by a large number of people, including program instructors and current students who helped lead the sessions, volunteers who signed out safety equipment and served lunch to the visiting students, and personnel from Facilities, Information Technology, Food Services, and Student Recruitment departments.

For more information on Dual Credit programs, students should contact their secondary school counsellor. For more information on programs available at NLC, call 1-866-463-6652 or check the website at


Dual Credit Day

Brian Campbell on May 5th, 2011


Amias Dirks of Fort St. John graduated from secondary school in June — certain he wanted to be a carpenter, and with a solid head start on reaching that goal.

It all came to Dirks well before graduation, in a program that gives students apprenticeship technical training at local colleges and work experience with on-the-job training; it also helps them find apprenticeships. The young people earn credits toward graduation and college trades training.

The program is called ACE-IT (Accelerated Credit Enrollment for Industry Training). It’s delivered by school districts and post-secondary institutions like Northern Lights College where Dirks studied carpentry as a high school senior. Local employers are involved in work experience placements and as apprenticeship sponsors.

The program is one of three youth initiatives on which the Industry Training Authority partners with the Ministry of Education. ITA oversees trades training in BC and provides funding to school districts to help them deliver the initiatives.

ACE-IT let Dirks complete the two levels of technical training for his apprenticeship. Meanwhile, according to Dirks, many of his classmates were still considering their career options.

“I’d thought about carpentry before, but didn’t know much about it,” he said. “I took a semester to see if I’d enjoy it, and I’m still happy. “I wouldn’t have gone for carpentry as soon if not for the program in high school.”

Now the 18-year-old is employed in his first job, as a carpentry apprentice at Haab Homes Construction Ltd. in Fort St. John.

Owner Steve Haab knows the value of well-trained trades workers. He has sponsored 15 apprentices in various trades in the dozen years since starting his company in the last year of his own carpentry apprenticeship.

Haab gives high marks to ACE-IT because its students are “not green as grass” and have a high apprenticeship success rate.

“They’re definitely a step above someone fresh out of high school. They come on site with important basic skills — knowing what a trimmer is, a stud, a blueprint, metric conversions. It saves a lot of time,” said Haab.

“I make money if I have good apprentices, and that’s what ACE-IT gives me. Employers without apprentices are just holding back their businesses.”

Glad to be where he is, Dirks said that a carpentry career is “definitely for someone who likes the outdoors and working with his hands, and with wood. It’s a good feeling at the end of the day, looking back and seeing what you’ve accomplished.

“A carpenter can be in charge of a job and know the full aspects of what’s going on. It’s hard work, but rewarding.”

Dirks likes what ACE-IT did for him, and thinks Grade 11 students who want to know about trades careers should check out the programs available in their school districts.

For more information, contact:

Karen Zukas

Lead, Communications

Industry Training Authority (ITA)

Direct Dial: 603 214-8710

Cell: 604 307-2122


Brian Campbell on May 2nd, 2011

The AVID 12 class organized a bake sale for April 28th and 29th in order to raise money in support of Bluey Day.  They took initiative in their school community by acting as leaders in raising money for this great cause that is affecting a large number of people.  Cancer is a large issue that is being made more and more aware of.  The AVid 12’s presented the money to Doug Boyd on April 29th by the office at 12pm. AVID 12 Bake Sale for Bluey Day




Brian Campbell on April 28th, 2011


Secondary school students in the Peace River and Northern Rockies districts are taking full advantage of an expanding range of Dual Credit learning opportunities at Northern Lights College.
Dual Credit allows high school students to get a head start on their future by earning post-secondary credits at NLC while they are still in secondary school.

Dual Credit programming started in 2002, with an initial focus on trades and technology program areas.

Since 2009, Dual Credit opportunities have expanded into University Arts and Sciences subjects including Biology, Business Management, Criminology, Early Childhood Education and Care, English, Information Technology, Math, and Psychology.

The growth has been especially noticeable in School Districts 60 (Peace River North) and 81 (Fort Nelson).

“Academic Dual Credit options began with face-to-face courses at North Peace Secondary School in Fort St. John, but now include courses delivered entirely at the College by College instructors, and even joint delivery of courses by NPSS and NLC faculty who work on a team-teaching model,” said Steve Roe, Chair of University Arts and Sciences at NLC.

This year, SD 60 has 94 Dual Credit students enrolled in academic courses offered at NLC. And, through the support of Randy Pauls, Principal of the Northern B.C. Distance Education School, NLC academic Dual Credit courses are also available online.

In SD 60, eligible students must select their academic Dual Credit courses by Sept. 30; academic Dual Credit courses usually run from February to May. The School District pays the tuition; the students pay for their textbooks and student fees.

“It’s an investment in our community. We’re helping students to make a seamless transition from secondary school to the world of university-level Arts and Sciences,“ said Brian Campbell, SD 60’s Principal of Careers and International Education.

And this year, students in School District 81 are taking full advantage of their first opportunity to enrol in academic Dual Credit courses. Fort Nelson and area students are studying in three different academic courses and utilizing three different delivery methods to complete their studies.

Seventeen students attend NLC’s Fort Nelson Campus for in-person delivery of Psychology 101; two students are taking Criminology 101 via videoconference, joining students in Fort St. John; and one student is studying English 100 online.

“The Dual Credit course opportunities in University Arts and Sciences provide our students with a smooth transition from high school to post-secondary education,“ said Denise Stephenson, SD 81’s Career Coordinator. “Our school district is very excited to have academic Dual Credit courses available and in the future hope to have an increase in student participation.”

The origins of Dual Credit programs in northeastern British Columbia are linked to Northern Opportunities, whose mission is to strengthen individuals and communities in the northeast by enhancing opportunities to succeed in high school, pursue post-secondary education, and build rewarding careers.

“We’re building something great here by being able to offer academic Dual Credit,” said Roe. “Now we want to nurture it and let it grow.”

For more information on Dual Credit programming, students should contact their secondary school counselor. For more information on programs at NLC, go, call toll-free 1-866-463-6652 or email

Photo captions:

fortstjohn: Psychology 101 Dual Credit students in class at the Fort St. John Campus.

Brian Campbell on April 14th, 2011

We welcome students and parents wanting to learn more about School District #60’s dual credit options to join us Tuesday, May  17th  at 7pm in Room 202 at  Northern Lights College’s Fort St John Campus.  You will be able to find out more about programs, costs, prerequisites, and the application process.

Dual Credit Programs available at local Northern Lights College campuses are making it possible for secondary students to begin post secondary pursuits while still in high school.

Why should students apply? Whats in it for me? How is this program different from ‘regular’ high school?

What’s in it for Parents? How can Northern Opportunities help my teen?


For more information please contact Erin Gouthro, Dual Credit Coordinator, School District #60  at or 250-785-4429 ext 337