Telegraph Creek students visit Northern Lights College campus

DAWSON CREEK ? A visiting group from Telegraph Creek was impressed with the Northern Lights College campuses in Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson and Fort St. John during a recent tour of the facilities.

The group included five students, ranging from Grades 8-12, a teacher and a chaperone. They are part of a one-room high school in the community of about 400 people. Telegraph Creek is located about two hours west of Dease Lake, in northwestern B.C.

This was the first trip to the College for the students and teacher Cathy Shukin. Dean of trades and apprenticeship Jeff Lekstrom had visited their school on two previous occasions.

?The kids were so excited about his Power Point presentation, I thought we have to get them here, get them interested in going to college,? Shukin said during a tour of the Dawson Creek campus on June 20. ?This is the kind of stuff that gets you thinking, ?hey I wouldn?t mind doing that.??

And while the students were excited, snapping photos and asking a variety of questions about College programs, Shukin also was impressed, especially with the facilities for the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering program.

?When Jeff said the College had a hangar here, I didn?t believe him,? Shukin said, while touring the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering facility.

The group originally was supposed to arrive in the Peace region on June 17. But their arrival was delayed due to a highway being washed out.

Along with touring the campuses in Fort Nelson, Fort St. John and Dawson Creek, the group spent two nights in the student residence at Fort St. John. They also had a tour of the Residential Carpentry Home under construction in Dawson Creek. And they toured the W.A.C. Bennett Dam at Hudson?s Hope.

After leaving Dawson Creek, the group continued on to Prince George. Plans included touring UNBC and participating in National Aboriginal Day activities.