The City of Dawson Creek, or the Mile Zero City, is the starting point on the world famous Alaska Highway, and is the largest centre in the Peace River South region. Dawson Creek has a population of about 12,000, and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008.
The City is home to the new South Peace Community Multiplex, which features the Encana Events Centre, and has become well known provincially and nationally for its environmental awareness, receiving several awards for innovation and best practices in the areas of sustainability and innovation.
The Dawson Creek Campus was the original location for NLC, having originally housed the B.C. Vocational School from 1966-1975. NLC was created in 1975 by a provincial government Order-in-Council.
The Dawson Creek Campus is home to the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering program, which is part of the Trades and Apprenticeship Division.
A number of trades and apprenticeship programs are available at the Dawson Creek Campus, with some programs also offered at the College’s South Peace Campus. Trades and Apprenticeship programs offered in Dawson Creek include: Automotive Service Technician, Carpentry, Heavy Duty Technician, Esthetics and Nail Care Technology, Hairstyling, Millwright, Plumbing, and Welding.
University Arts and Sciences courses are available leading to a University Arts and Sciences Certificate, an Associate of Arts Degree, or further post-secondary studies. Delivery models include in-class sessions, as well as videoconference.
Vocational programs include: Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician, Visual Arts, Practical Nursing, Health Care Assistant, and Applied Business Technology.
The NLC training tower located on the Dawson Creek Campus is used for high angle rescue training and for hands on class training for the Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician program.
The Career and College Preparation department helps students upgrade toward gaining admission into another academic or vocational program at NLC or complete grade 12 diploma requirements.
A wide array of Workforce Training/ Continuing Education courses are offered for short term study, upgrading and certification.
The Dawson Creek Campus includes Aboriginal Education services, Student Recruitment, on-site student residence, library, gymnasium, daycare facility, bookstore, financial aid, and access to city transit.
As well, NLC’s Regional Administration is located at the Dawson Creek Campus.