The Northern Lights College Board of Governors has ratified the college’s 2023–24 operational budget as recommended to them by NLC executive. The budget, approved during the March 15, 2023 meeting of the Board, prioritizes students and the refreshed strategic plan adopted by NLC for the 2023–28 quinquennium.
The budget assumes status quo base funding from the province and a student enrolment equivalent to 2022–23. It is also based on a 2% increase in domestic student tuition and the 5.4% increase of international student tuition approved by the Board previously.
Funding for a number of new positions was included in the budget as part of a growth mandate to better support new and prospective NLC students. A few of these new positions include:
- A second student recruiter to service the northern part of the college catchment area
- Two education advisors to provide guidance and create cohesive academic plans for students
- An additional program support clerk for the Academic and Vocational division
- A janitor for the Dawson Creek campus
- A facilities worker for the Fort St. John campus
- An Educational Technician and an Operations Manager in the IT department
In addition, on the faculty side, there was a marked shift away from sessional to regular staffing to allow for flexibility and stability of course delivery.
The total budget amounted to just over $4.8 million with a small projected surplus of $50,322. According to President Todd Bondaroff, the budget “is indicative of Northern Lights College’s strong position and, more importantly, of our commitment to students to provide the highest quality education and training right here in the North.”