NLC receives Sci-Tech North award

FORT ST. JOHN ? Northern Lights College was the recipient recently of the Sci-Tech North 2007 Excellence in Innovation Award for Education.

The award was one of several presented during the Excellence in Innovation ceremonies, held as part of the Northeast Coal Forum in Tumbler Ridge, on Oct. 10.

The award was accepted by Brenda Crocker, Continuing Education/ Workforce Training coordinator at the Chetwynd campus, and Jan Legaspi, campus secretary at the Tumbler Ridge campus.

The College was honoured in the Education category, after receiving three nominations:

? The Education Technology department and faculty in the University Transfer program were nominated for a combination of technical support and in-class use of video-conferencing technology;

? The Residential Carpentry program was cited for its work with the District of Chetwynd, in building a new terminal at the Chetwynd airport; and

? The College also was nominated for providing mobile training programs that travel to remote locations throughout northern B.C.

?We are proud of our faculty who demonstrate the courage to be innovative, embrace change, initiate opportunity, believe in spirited teamwork and have a passion for growth,? said John Birnie, the College?s Vice President Instruction.

Eric Sehn, Dean of the College?s academic and career technical division, nominated the Education Technology and University Transfer departments.

?With video conferencing, coursework can be transmitted between our Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Fort Nelson, and Dease Lake campuses in real time. This provides learners with access to coursework that we could never deliver face to face due to the challenge of finding credentialed instructors who are available to instruct on a part time basis in these communities,? Sehn said, explaining that the minimum requirement for instructing is a Master?s degree.

During the award presentation, the College was lauded for its work in commercial, industrial and residential construction program development, which has resulted in a community partnership with the District of Chetwynd on a project that will culminate in the construction of a new airport terminal for Chetwynd.?

Sci-Tech North is a non-profit society located in Fort St. John. It serves the Peace, Liard and Stikine regions, offering support for individuals and organizations interested in researching or applying innovative science and technology.

The annual ?Excellence in Innovation Awards? recognize northeastern B.C. residents and organizations for their use of science and technology, entrepreneurial successes, and innovations.