Lakes District Campus
The Lakes District Campus of the College of New Caledonia has served students and community in the Lakes District since 1976. The campus region covers approximately 20,000 sq km with a population exceeding 8,000. A wide range of courses, programs and services are offered to meet community needs. In particular, the campus and staff have received international recognition for their work in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. CNC Lakes uses a holistic, wrap-around approach to education and as such three generations of students may be found in the campus at one time.
The Lakes District Campus has a community Advisory Committee that meets at least twice yearly to provide feedback and course input. College faculty and staff also participate in a number of community organizations, agencies and boards. The College of New Caledonia, Lakes District Campus believes strongly in the concept of lifelong learning. Student success and support are the building blocks of this campus.
Our thanks go to the following community partners.
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Work and practicum placement hosts:
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1983 The Lakes District Campus moved to a new home in one half of the School District’s Resource Centre, behind the tennis courts.
1984 The Volunteer Adult Literacy Tutor Training (VALT) was initiated in the Lakes District in response to the fact the Bulkley Valley Regional District had the lowest level of literacy in BC. Also this year a part time programming assistant was hired on the Southside.
1985 The College offered 70 courses in ’85-'86 with an annual course enrolment of 673. General Interest Programming comprised 63 percent of the total enrolments.
1986 The college entered into an agreement with the School District to purchase computers for the Southside, making computer training available there for the first time.
1987 Renovations to the local campus made additional room for the CNC administration office and library facilities.
1988 The local campus was successful in obtaining funding for the Family Centred Program. This program continues today and assists hundreds of community residents every year with comprehensive programs in personal growth, parenting and family skills.
1990 Course enrolments climbed to 2,255 with a noticeable shift away from General Interest programming. Now 81% of the offerings were focused on academic, employment training or community capacity building skills.
1992 The campus began negotiating to obtain the William Konkin Elementary School. Noranda Bell Copper closed in Granisle and CNC started offering programs in Granisle for the displaced employees.
1995 In March CNC moved into the new 26,000 square foot facility and opened the first community children’s centre. Part of this centre included a Speech Language Pathologist, Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist.
1996 This was the beginning year for the Access Centre (now called the Adult Education Centre) in partnership with School District 91. The partnership more than doubled the student spaces in the College and Career Preparation Program. Other new ventures for this year included the Reservoir Logging Program for the Cheslatta Carrier Nation, Youth Options for unemployed youth and Bridges for Women.
1997 Healthier Babies - Brighter Futures (HBBF). HBBF is an FASD prevention program that provides support to pregnant women and their families and was funded by the Ministry of Children & Family Development. (Total course enrolments hit 6,739.)
1999 FOCUS, an employment and personal development skills program for adults who are affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol, and the Crime Prevention Program, an alternative justice program for the same clientele, were both funded. The FAS/pFAS programs running here launched the Lakes District campus into the national spotlight as a forerunner in FASD programs.
2000 Premier Ujjal Dosanjh visited the Lakes District campus. He had been informed of the unique FAS/pFAS programs offered at the College in Burns Lake. A part time programming assistant was hired in Topley.
2001 Renovations got underway to upgrade heating and cooling systems throughout the entire building.
2002 Base funding that rotates amongst the 4 regional campuses was obtained. Culinary Arts and Entry Level Carpentry were offered in Burns Lake. Total course enrolments were over 8,500. Fifty plus regular full and part time faculty & operational staff as well as 100 short term instructors work at the college.
2003 The campus was awarded $1.4 million to renovate the gymnasium into a 2½ story complex with classrooms, offices, and a culinary arts lab. Total course enrolments remained high (8,500). The campus was chosen to host a national FASD conference. Dr. Clyde Hertzman, a leading national and international expert in Early Childhood Development from UBC visited our community campus and was pleased with work being done as noted in a follow up letter. “Indeed, the model (at this campus) should be emulated across the smaller communities in BC.”