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Our Northern Lights: April Trasy

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April Trasy stands in the nursing lab wearing burgundy scrubs

Our Northern Lights is a platform that showcases our people, their stories, and celebrates their achievements. We hope that their journey will inspire others to pursue their dreams and make a difference in the world.

April Trasy is a mom, works 2 jobs, is a small business owner, and an artist. In her spare time, she’s also managed to graduate as a certified Health Care Assistant and is ready to start the Access To Practical Nursing program.  

April started her NLC journey in 2022 as the Regional Bookstore Manager, but when she learned about the Health Care Access Program (HCAP), she knew she couldn’t pass up the opportunity. HCAP is a partnership with Northern Health where students are paid to take the Health Care Assistant Program and guaranteed work when it’s complete.

“I chose the Health Care Aide Program as I’ve always had a passion for helping people and I have a personal connection to healthcare situations. Now that I have completed this program I feel so encouraged by my learning experience that I know continuing on with the bridging program to become a practical nurse is my next goal. I love learning!”

The Access to Practical Nursing Program will allow her to become a practical nurse in 16 months rather than the 22 months for direct entry students.

To learn more about April, read below:

What is your first NLC memory?

Meeting the most wonderful people. I made some friends for life and connections that I cherish.

What three words describe your NLC experience?

Empowering. Liberating. Extraordinary.

What would you tell another student if they were thinking of coming to NLC?

I’m always encouraging people to attend NLC. The class sizes are comfortable, the instructors have all been amazing and so knowledgeable. The entire college has a familiar “family” atmosphere to it because everyone working there is so friendly and helpful.

A smiling nursing student works on a practice dummy in the nursing lab

What is your superpower?

Kindness! I truly believe that practicing acts of kindness for the sake of kindness is one of the greatest gifts we can give to others and ourselves.

What’s next for you? Where do you see yourself in one year? How about five years?

One year: In school attending the APN program, and in five years? I will be a nurse, and who knows, maybe I can eventually continue to be part of the NLC family as a Health Sciences Instructor!

Go to to learn more about Northern Lights College Health Sciences programs.