Northern Lakes College (NLC) has campuses in Slave Lake, High Prairie, and many other northern Alberta communities. However, its Supported Distance Learning (SDL) model allows it to teach students further afield. For example, the first NLC class in a Canada-wide professional development course for municipal employees just completed their program.
On June 25, Northern Lakes College and PEMAC Asset Management Association of Canada congratulated the around 100 employees from 40 municipalities in the first class of Certified Asset Management Professionals (CAMP).
CAMP is a Canada-wide program offered by NLC for PEMAC, says a NLC media release. The goal is “to help municipalities make informed decisions about infrastructure investment.”
It includes six courses for mid-career professionals for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) which are funded by a grant from the Government of Canada.
The first round of graduates started in December 2018. The second class starts this August.
Ann Everatt, President & CEO of Northern Lakes College says, “in partnership with PEMAC, Northern Lakes College is proud to provide this special offering of the Asset Management Professional program to municipal practitioners across Canada. This training has a profound impact, assisting municipalities in building capacity and excellence in relation to asset management practices.”
The courses include five days of in-person training in various regions of Canada, online learning, and a final project which applies the concepts learned in the course. These include leadership, culture, life-cycle activities, risk management, and knowledge management.
Graduate Patrick Iwelu works for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, which covers a large portion of the northeastern corner of Alberta and includes Fort McMurray.
He says, “I am really thankful to have successfully completed the AMP program. I am now performing in my current role with greater confidence, with invaluable knowledge and skills acquired from active participation in the course.”
More information about the upcoming course is available at www.pemac.org/amp_municipal.