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About Northern Lights College

The land on which we live, work and learn

Northern Lights College acknowledges that our campuses are situated on the ancestral and traditional land of many nations, including the Dunne-Za, Cree, Tsáá? Ché Ne Dane, Saulteau, Tse’Khene, Kaska Dena, Tahltan, and Tlingit. We also recognize Metis Nation members who share a deep history with this land.

We, at Northern Lights College, commit to restoring and honouring the Truth and Reconciliation calls to action; we strongly believe that truth must be acknowledged to move forward to reconciliation. We are grateful for the Traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders who are still with us today and those who have gone before us. We acknowledge our hosts and honor their gracious welcome to those seeking knowledge.

Northern Lights College (NLC) serves an area covering more than 324,000 square kilometres in northern British Columbia.  The College opened in 1975, and has campus locations in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, and Tumbler Ridge, along with access centres in Atlin and Dease Lake.

As a public college, Northern Lights College is governed by the College and Institute Act of British Columbia.  NLC is a member of British Columbia Colleges (BC Colleges), a provincial group comprised of 11 colleges from throughout the Province of British Columbia.


Under the provisions of the College and Institute Act of British Columbia, NLC has a bicameral structure.  The Board of Governors is empowered to manage, administer, and direct the affairs of the institution. Under the Act, the Board makes bylaws for the orderly conduct of its affairs. The Board is composed of eight or more persons appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, one person on the faculty of the College and elected by the faculty members, two students elected by the students, one person who is part of the support staff and elected by the support staff, the president, and the chair of the Education Council.

The Education Council at Northern Lights College is the decision-making authority for policies, criteria, and procedures concerning educational issues and curricular content of College courses.  The Education Council has 20 voting members:  10 faculty members elected by the faculty members, four students elected by the students, four educational administrators appointed by the president, and two support staff elected by the support staff.

Students are also represented by the Northern Lights College Students’ Association with Local Campus Student Council’s in Atlin, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Dease Lake, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, Tumbler Ridge and Online.

Notices to Students (privacy & records)

Northern Lights College is subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act of British Columbia.  Information collected and maintained as part of our student records is collected under the authority of the Colleges and Institutes Act.  Northern Lights College gathers and maintains information used for the purposes of admission, registration and other fundamental activities related to being a member of the Northern Lights College community and attending a public post-secondary institution in the Province of British Columbia as well as broader safety purposes including ensuring security on all Northern Lights College campuses.  Information you provide will also be used for non-administrative research purposes.  This research includes longitudinal research using anonymous linked records in the B.C. Educational Records Linkage File (Link File).  The personal records in the Link File are not identifiable and are not used for administration purposes.  For further information please contact the Registrar’s Office.


Campus Locations


Box 29

158 3rd St

Atlin, BC V0W 1A0

Phone: (250) 651-7762 

Toll free: 1-866-463-6652


Box 1180

5132 - 50 Street

Chetwynd, BC  V0C 1J0

Phone: 250-788-2248

Toll Free: 1-866-463-6652

Dawson Creek

11401 - 8th Street

Dawson Creek, BC  V1G 4G2

Phone: 250-782-5251

Toll Free: 1-866-463-6652

Dease Lake

Box 220

48793 Commercial Drive

Dease Lake, BC  V0C 1L0

Phone: 250-771-5500

Toll-free: 1-866-463-6652

Fort Nelson

Box 860

5201 Simpson Trail

Fort Nelson, BC  V0C 1R0

Phone: 250-774-2741

Toll Free: 1-866-463-6652

Fort St. John

9820 120 Avenue

Fort St John, BC  V1J 8C3

Phone: 250-785-6981

Toll Free: 1-866-463-6652

Tumbler Ridge

Box 180

180 Southgate

Tumbler Ridge, BC  V0C 2W0

Phone: 250-242-5591

Toll Free: 1-866-463-6652


Our Mission

Enriching lives, communities, and industry in northern British Columbia and the world through accessible, applied, and academic learning.

Our Vision

NLC is the college of choice for energy and technology training, and academic and lifelong learning-in or beyond the classroom.

Our Values

Heart - We value the emotional connections we have to each other and to those we serve.

Respect - We have mutual appreciation and trust for one another, no matter our differences.

Integrity - We take responsibility for everything we do, no matter the outcome.

Innovation - We encourage initiatives that create opportunities for constructive change.

Excellence - We strive to produce quality work that is both accurate and insightful.