Northern Lights College

Founded 1973 | Dawson Creek, BC

Northern Lights College (NLC) serves northern British Columbia, a geographic area of approximately 325,000 square kilometres. The region is full of forests, lakes, foothills and mountains. NLC campuses are located on the territories of the Cree, Dene, Dunne-Za, Kaska, Saulteau, Tse’khene, Tahltan and Tlingit peoples. There are campuses and access centres in Atlin, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Dease Lake, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John and Tumbler Ridge.

NLC offers academic, trades and continuing education programming. The school also has partnership agreements with several universities, allowing for the direct transfer of credits earned at NLC toward degrees and other programming.

The Dawson Creek campus is home to the internationally renowned aircraft maintenance program. A 26,000-square-foot aerospace hangar contains 15 aircraft and a Westwind jet. On the same campus is a training tower used for high-angle rescue training and the Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician program. Also at Dawson Creek is the Centre for Clean Energy Technologies, which runs on wind, solar, biomass and geothermal energy systems.

And on the school’s Fort St. John campus, the Centre of Training Excellence for Oil and Gas boasts a unique simulated well-site training facility and other programs related to the energy industry.

Popular Programs

• Social Services Worker Diploma

• Early Childhood Education and Care

• Business Management—Post-Degree Diploma

• Business Management—Diploma

• Education Assistant Certificate

School Size



• Diploma: $3,658-$5,238

• Certificate: $3,658-$7,045

• Post-Grad: $3,658

Residence Offerings


Cool Options

• The Alaska Highway Consortium on Teacher Education: The 16-month program provides students with certified credentials from the province’s teaching branch of the ministry of education.

• Aircraft Maintenance Engineering: The college has a fleet of 15 aircraft. Students are provided with the full training and one-and-a-half years of the four-year experience component required for licensing.

• Early Childhood Education and Care: Students learn to work with young children through a combination of academic and practical exercises.