The Land and Resource Management (LRM) program at Northern Lights College has been revamped to better reflect the needs of industry in British Columbia.
The LRM program, which operated as an overarching two-year diploma program with intakes every two years, is being redesigned to feature three specialized programs.
The new programs will include a one-year Land Administration Certificate, a two-year Land Agent Diploma, and a two-year Land Reclamation Diploma. The new programs comprised the major elements of the previous LRM program.
Eric Sehn, dean of NLC?s Academic and Career Technical division, said that the changes reflect feedback that was provided during a program review last fall. The review included input from current students, graduates, faculty, and industry stakeholders.
The Land Administration Certificate will prepare graduates to work in office settings with companies in the energy, transportation and utility sectors. Graduates will be able to organize and administer land acquisitions and records, and to work with land agents, government agencies or corporate offices.
Graduates from the Land Agent Diploma will be able to negotiate with landowners to acquire land for well sites, pipelines, highways and utilities. And the Land Reclamation Diploma prepares students to repair disturbed land resulting from industrial development and activity. The focus is on reclamation of sites disturbed by the oil and gas industry. The new programming format should also benefit students by creating increased access to the necessary courses.
Under the previous model, intakes occurred every two years. The new model has annual intakes, improving access for part-time students. As well, courses will be offered through a mixed-model delivery with some courses available online and others in person. For registration or course information, contact the Fort St. John Campus at 250-785-6981.