Scavenger hunt educates high school students about NLC’s academic programs

DAWSON CREEK ? About 30 South Peace Secondary School students are a little more familiar with Northern Lights College thanks to a somewhat unique teaching method.

The students, who are members of Jennifer Fox?s Grade 10 English class, took part in a scavenger hunt on June 8 on the Dawson Creek campus.

The goal, according to Jeremy Beaulne, an English and theatre instructor at NLC, is to provide high school students with information on the academic programs available at NLC.

?We get them here, and familiarize them with the academic components, such as University Transfer and the library,? Beaulne said.

The scavenger hunt is something new, inspired by the recent efforts of the recruiting department. In past years, Beaulne explained that he, fellow English instructor Dr. Heather Harper, and regional librarian Janet Beavers would have a discussion session with the students on what the College has to offer.

?Doing a scavenger hunt, we thought might be a little more fun for them,? Beaulne said. ?The recruiters are doing more exciting things, so we thought we?d try and capture that.?

Fox believes that the trip to the campus is good for her students.

?It demystifies the campus so they see it as familiar and useful, not as something elitist and specialized. And I thought Grade 10 was the best group to bring as they are starting to develop career paths and looking at post secondary institutions,? Fox said.

The hunt included searching for a book in the library, visiting the office of campus recruiter Lorelee Friesen and the campus bookstore, and learning from Harper about English courses that are offered.

As well, the students enjoyed a pizza lunch, and also had a tour of the student residences.