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Education

Overview

Dawson Creek is proud of our education system and facilities. Within the Dawson Creek public school system there are several elementary schools, a middle school and a secondary school inside municipal limits. Outside city limits, several elementary schools serve the rural areas surrounding Dawson Creek. Private schools in the Dawson Creek area consist of one elementary school and two K-12 schools. The Northern Lights College Dawson Creek campus provides academic and technical training to students from throughout the area.

Northern Lights College

11401-8th Street
Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4G2
Phone: 250-782-5251
Fax: 250-782-6069 Campus
www.nlc.bc.ca

Northern Lights College (NLC) is ‘B.C.’s Energy College’, in northeast British Columbia, covering an area of more than 324,000 square kilometres. NLC has three provincially-designated Centres of Training Excellence: the B.C. Centre of Training Excellence in Oil and Gas that includes a full-sized oil rig and simulated wellsite on the Fort St. John Campus; the Centre of Clean Energy Technology or “Energy House” with LEED Platinum certification; and the Centre of Excellence in Aerospace, a 26,000 square foot hangar on the Dawson Creek Campus that houses a diverse range of aircraft and helicopters. At NLC, students have a number of options, depending on their chosen career paths. Students can earn a one-year certificate, a two-year diploma or associate degree, or complete upgrading courses to get their high school diploma. Associate degrees can be used to transfer to the third year of degree programs at provincial universities.

Programming at NLC is categorized into three divisions:

  • Academic and Professional, including AHCOTE (Teacher training), Applied Business Technology, Business Management, Career and College Preparation, Health Care Assistant, Computer Support Technician, Practical Nursing, and University Arts and Sciences programs.
  • Continuing Education, including Personal Development, General Interest, Online (Ed2Go), Contract, Industry and Workforce Training courses and programs.
  • Trades and Apprenticeship: Foundation Trades training and Apprenticeship training courses and programs, in conjunction with the Industry Training Authority; and specialty training such as Esthetics and Nail Care Technology, Hairstyling and Cosmetology, Oil and Gas Field Operator, Power Engineering, and Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician.

Located in Dawson Creek is also the South Peace Campus, which provides dual credit students with easy access to programs and instructors near the high school. Student Recruiters are available to meet with anyone interested in learning more about NLC and its programming, and can be contacted at studentrecruiter@nlc.bc.ca.

For information on NLC or any of its programs, check the website at www.nlc.bc.ca or call toll-free 1-866-463-6652 (1-866-INFO-NLC), or contact any campus. Follow NLC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

University of Northern British Columbia

The University of Northern British Columbia provides educational opportunities in Dawson Creek and area via their Fort St. John campus as well as in conjunction with Northern Lights College.

Fort St. John Campus
9820-120th Ave, PO Box 100
Fort St. John, BC V1J 6K1
Phone: 250-787-6220
Toll-Free: 1-800-935-2270
Email: prl-info@unbc.ca

Peace River-Liard Programs and Courses

Undergraduate Programs

  • Bachelor of Social Work

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Education
    • Counselling Specialization
    • Multidisciplinary Leadership Specialization
    • Special Education Specialization

Dawson Creek Public Schools

Peace River South (SD #59) is a progressive school district that serves Dawson Creek and its surrounding rural areas as well as the communities of Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge.  The administration offices are located in Dawson Creek.  K-12 programming is offered at 19 schools with an approximate enrolment of 3 400 students.

The core business of SD #59 is ensuring a quality education for each learner with the core value of continuous learning for all.  The District is committed to meeting each student’s learning needs aligned with their developmental level, professional development for staff and providing a rich learning experience for all learners.

Educational initiatives include a strong early learning program, a primary project focused on literacy and numeracy and inquiry based learning opportunities.  Early French Immersion programs are offered in Dawson Creek (Ecole Frank Ross) and Chetwynd (Ecole Windrem).  Chetwynd also offers a Montessori option at Don Titus Elementary.

Partnerships with industry and Northern Lights College (NLC) enable the District to offer careers and trades education to students K-12.  Dual credit options in trades and technical programs are offered in partnership with NLC.

Students at all levels have the opportunity to participate in outdoor and experiential learning activities in a wilderness setting at the Pat O’Reilly Outdoor/Environmental Studies Centre located at Gwillim Lake.

 

School District 59 Peace River South

11600-7th Street
Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4R8

Phone: 250-782-8571
Fax: 250-782-3204
www.sd59.bc.ca

Public School Enrolment 2014-15

Dawson Creek

Canalta Elementary 219
Crescent Park Elementary 205
Dawson Creek Secondary 961
Ecole Frank Ross Elementary 436
South Peace Alternate 22
South Peace Distributed Learning 5
Tremblay Elementary 166

Nearby

Devereaux Elementary 91
McLeod Elementary  57
Parkland Elementary 54
Peace View School 14
Pouce Coupe Elementary 88
Rolla Traditional School 31
South Peace Elementary 22

Private School Enrolment 2014-15

Dawson Creek

Mountain Christian School (K-12) 155
Notre Dame School (K-7) 226
Ron Pettigrew Christian School (K-12) 160

Chetwynd

Peace Christian School (K-11) 141