While many other post-secondary institutions in BC are facing cuts to their programs this fall, Northern Lights College is looking at a year of expansions in its Skilled Trades programs.
Although the college faced a budget reallocation earlier this year that affected nineteen staff members, NLC President Jean Valgardson says that reducing duplication and and offering alternative course delivery methods for courses will allow additional funds to be directed towards the trades, which are currently enjoying high levels of enrollment at NLC.
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The reallocations have allowed NLC to add two new full-time Oil and Gas instructors to the Fort St. John faculty, as well as additional specialized equipment and instrumentation for the Fort St. John campus. The college also received over a million dollars from the government for equipment for its Oil and Gas programs.
However, Oil and Gas isn’t the only program receiving additional support this year. An additional staff member has also been added to the power engineering program, and the college has new offerings at its campuses starting this fall, including Mental Health and Addictions, Cosmetology, and Adventure Tourism.