Northern Lakes College has a record 915 grads

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

In 2024, Northern Lakes College (NLC) had a record 915 grads. Not all of them attended the grad in Slave Lake on June 6 in the Slave Lake Multi Rec Centre.

If they had, the college wouldn’t have had space, said NLC President Dr. Glenn Mitchell.

The college serves students across northern Alberta, including Slave Lake, Wabasca, Chipewyan Lake, High Prairie, McLennan, Driftpile First Nation, Peace River, Peavine Métis Settlement, and many more communities.

Courses include: academic upgrading, business, carpentry, education, yearly childhood development, paramedics, firefighting, etc.

Jessica Parker, licensed practical nurse graduate, was the 2024 Northern Lakes College valedictorian. Her speech made herself and the dignitaries on stage cry.
Lesser Slave Regional Fire Services Chief Alex Pavcek (right) accepts the Friends of Northern Lakes College Award from NLC president Dr. Glenn Mitchell. Chief Pavcek wasn’t aware that the LSRFS would receive the award. He’d been invited to give the keynote speech. Pavcek approached the college about doing a joint paramedic and firefighter course, which had its first graduates this year.
Kolton Lazaruk, from the NLC Slave Lake Campus, graduated from academic upgrading. On his left is Barry Sharkawi (NLC board chair). On his right, is Dr. Glenn Mitchell (NLC president).
Viola Noskiye, from Chipewyan Lake, graduated with a business administration certificate. On her left is Barry Sharkawi (NLC board chair). On her right, is Dr. Glenn Mitchell (NLC president).

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