Northern Lights College

Northern Lights College | Dawson Creek, B.C. | Founded 1975

Northern Lights College Student

Covering more than 324,000 sq. km in northern B.C., Northern Lights College (NLC) considers itself the “Energy College” of B.C. The school offers academic and professional programs, trades and apprenticeship training and continuing education programs at seven campuses and access centres in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Dease Lake, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, Tumbler Ridge and Atlin.

The Centre of Training Excellence for Oil and Gas is at the college’s Fort St. John campus. It boasts a unique simulated well-site training facility and other programs related to the energy industry. Energy House, the centrepiece of the school’s Centre of Excellence for Clean Energy Technology, produces all its energy needs through wind, solar, biomass and geothermal systems. The building also helps provide heat to the $33-million trades training facility that opened in the fall of 2018.

At the Dawson Creek campus, the school runs its internationally renowned aircraft maintenance program. NLC’s fleet of 15 aircraft is housed in a 26,000-sq.-foot aerospace hangar; the fleet includes a Westwind jet that was donated to the school and used to train service members of the Canadian Armed Forces, the United States Air Force and the United States Navy.

The Fort St. John and Dawson Creek campuses feature apartment-style student housing. Four of the campuses at Northern Lights College have Indigenous student advisers and gathering spaces.


Size of school Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Tuition (post-grad) Residence offerings
Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students) $1,800-$7,300 $1,800-$7,300 $1,800-$7,300 Yes

Cool Options

  • Wind Turbine Maintenance: Students learn both the theory behind turbines and the practical maintenance of turbines.
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineering: The college has a fleet of 15 aircraft. The program provides the full training and 1½ years of the four-year experience component required for licensing.
  • Early Childhood Education and Care: Students can complete this program online, learning the skills needed to work with young children through a combination of academic and practical exercises.

Popular Programs

  • Business Management
  • Early Childhood Education and Care
  • University Arts and Sciences
  • Career and College Preparation
  • Electrical

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