NLC expanding into Fox Creek and Drayton Valley

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Northern Lakes College is growing.

Under one name or another, NLC has been in the Lesser Slave Lake area since 1970, says the NLC website. It has locations across Alberta, with the majority in northwestern Alberta.

On Nov. 17, 2020, NLC announced that starting in January 2021 it will be offering courses at the Drayton Valley Clean Energy Technology Centre.

This announcement follows one about a new campus in Fox Creek.

“Northern Lakes College is excited to partner with the Town of Fox Creek to offer access to post-secondary education in the community. Our model is to provide opportunities to students to engage in training and further education at home, so that they do not have to leave their communities,” says Glenn Mitchell, NLC president & CEO, in the media release.

The NLC website says, “Currently, the college serves a region of 164,000 square kilometers, and more than 50 communities including 10 First Nations and four Métis Settlements. ”

“A number of Northern Lakes College locations serve multiple communities,” says Rachel Ouellette, NLC director of external relations, marketing and communications. “Locations with an NLC presence range from campuses or Community Access Points to Campus Alberta Partnership locations. Fox Creek will be a campus. At this time, students in Drayton Valley will access courses from home, work, or at the Drayton Valley Clean Energy Technology Centre. So, at this juncture, while NLC will be offering programming in Drayton Valley, it is not considered a campus or CAP site.”
Looking at the map, NLC has locations across Alberta, but all of the campuses and CAPs are in northwestern Alberta, with Athabasca and Fox Creek on the southern edge. However, since NLC does Supported Distance Learning people are enrolled in NLC programs across Canada.

NLC is also making progress on its new building in High Prairie.

Northern Lakes College locations. Courtesy of Northern Lakes College.

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