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.
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
Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4R8
Public School Enrolment 2014-15
Canalta Elementary 219
Devereaux Elementary 91
Private School Enrolment 2014-15
Mountain Christian School (K-12) 155
Peace Christian School (K-11) 141
Northern Lights College
Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4G2
Fax: 250-782-6069 Campus
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.
NLC will get new $33 million state-of-the-art facility that will expand the current Energy House and Campus Centre buildings to create new training spaces for the welding, carpentry and wind turbine maintenance programs. The project is funded by contributions from the federal government, the province and industry. The $14.57-million federal contribution comes from the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund. The province kicked in $15.06 million, and $3.39 million came from companies including Canbriam Energy Inc., Encana Corp., Shell Canada, and TransCanada Ltd. The tender process for the construction has already begun and the work on the project will immediately begin after the bids close on September 28. The new building will support the Foundation Trades program at NLC, which has enrolment intakes in September and February.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Peace River-Liard Programs and Courses
- Bachelor of Social Work
- Master of Social Work
- Master of Education
- Counselling Specialization
- Multidisciplinary Leadership Specialization
- Special Education Specialization