Northern Lights College holds public forums

Northern Lights College is a regional institution with a network of eight campuses and learning centres throughout the northern third of British Columbia. It employs approximately 650 full and part-time employees and enrolls between 10,000 and 12,000 people in one or more courses each year. A full range of programs is offered including academic, workforce, continuing education, technical, international, developmental, apprenticeship and other vocational certificates, diplomas and associate degrees. The Dawson Creek Campus also operates an Aerospace Centre of Excellence and the Fort St. John Campus is home to an Oil and Gas Centre of Excellence. This dynamic institution also enjoys numerous partnership programs with business and industry plus other colleges, institutes, universities, and school districts. Northern British Columbia is enjoying a booming economy particularly in the resource sector. The college is alive to the challenge of preparing the workforce necessary to the many arising opportunities. It is poised for growth in partnership with northern development.

The community is invited to participate in our Strategic Planning Process – Community Linkages at Public Forums scheduled in all eight communities that are served by Northern Lights College. The staff and student input will parallel the community input sessions and be used for reinforcing the directions encouraged by the community as well as to set the institutional action plans.

The following questions will be asked:

? What do you think should be the priorities of Northern Lights College in your community in the next three to five years? ? What do you think should be the priorities of Northern Lights College in the north region of British Columbia in the next three to five years? ? How do you expect Northern Lights College to meet these priorities in your community and in the region?

All input from sessions will be recorded and synthesized into themes. The Board will develop Mission and Vision Statements and Strategic Goals for 2006-2009.

The public forum for Tumbler Ridge will be held Thursday, December 1st, in the Continuing Education Classroom of the Northern Lights College Tumbler Ridge campus, 180 Southgate. Community session will be from 7 – 9 pm, students will be from 11:30 ? 12:30 pm, and staff will be from 12:30 ? 1:30 pm.

We need your opinions, and hope everyone is able to attend. Complimentary refreshments will be served. For more information, call toll free 1-866-463-6652 (Local 7520) or visit