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Education

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. 

For more information, visit www.sd59.bc.ca.

Public School Enrolment (September 2016)

Dawson Creek

Canalta Elementary 226
Crescent Park Elementary 232
Dawson Creek Secondary 914
Ecole Frank Ross Elementary 439
South Peace Alternate 25
South Peace Distributed Learning 15
Tremblay Elementary 170

Nearby 14

Other Schools Nearby 1423

Private School Enrolment (September 2016)

Dawson Creek

Mountain Christian School (K-12) 198
Notre Dame School (K-7) 184
Ron Pettigrew Christian School (K-12) 153

Chetwynd

Peace Christian School (K-11) 132

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. The South Peace Campus located in Dawson Creek also provides dual credit programs to local high school students.

In August 2016, construction of a state-of-the-art $33 million facility was announced 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 ($14.57 million) and provincial ($14.57 million) governments, with remaining $3.39 million coming from Northern Lights College and industry partners including Canbriam Energy Inc., Encana Corp., Shell Canada, and TransCanada Ltd. The new building will support the Foundation Trades program at NLC, which has enrolment intakes in September and February.

In October 2016, $1.9 million in funding was announced by the provincial government for the creation of 639 new seats in the trades and apprenticeship programs.

For information on NLC or any of its programs, check the website at www.nlc.bc.ca

University of Northern British Columbia

The University of Northern British Columbia provides educational opportunities in Dawson Creek and area via their Peace River-Liard Campus (located in Fort St. John) as well as in conjunction with Northern Lights College.

For more information about courses and programs available out of the Peace River-Liard Campus, visit www.unbc.ca/peace-river-liard.

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