Northern Lights College

Founded 1975 | 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, there’s a tower used for high-angle rescue training and hands-on class training for the Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician program. The Centre for Clean Energy Technologies, which runs on wind, solar, biomass and geothermal energy systems, is at Dawson Creek as well. 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

• Business Management—Post-Degree Diploma

• Business Management—Diploma

• Early Childhood Education and Care

• Social Services Worker Diploma

• Associate of Arts Degree

School Size



• Diploma $3,658-$5,238

• Certificate $1,844.59-$5,704.94

• Post-Grad $3,658

Residence Offerings


Cool Options

• The Alaska Highway Consortium on Teacher Education: This 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. This program, recognized by both Transport Canada and the Canadian military, provides students 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.