Northern Lakes College growing; no longer the smallest

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Size may not matter when it comes to post-secondary educational institutions; then again, maybe it does.

In any case, when it comes to enrollment, Northern Lakes College is growing. Its president, Ann Everatt, reported this to M.D. of Lesser Slave River council last week.

“We used to be the smallest college (in northern Alberta),” she said. “Not anymore. We’re not even the second-smallest college.”

So what is? Everatt didn’t say, but she predicted if the trend continues, NLC won’t be the third-smallest either.

Some of the reasons for the enrollment increase are reported on Page 3 of this newspaper, in the M.D. council notebook. One thing that isn’t reported there is news of funding for a new, consolidated campus in High Prairie. It will bring operations currently spread over three locations into one building. Everatt said something similar is in the college’s capital plan for Slave Lake – has been for some time, in fact – but funds don’t exist for it yet.

What council might not know, Everatt continued, is that programs have expanded in Slave Lake to the point there are also three sites –two owned and one rented, – and more is needed.

“We don’t have a square inch of space in Slave Lake,” she said, adding, “We won’t stop advocating.”

Another thing that isn’t in the council notebook story, because Everatt didn’t mention it at the time, is that NLC is offering its paramedic course in Newfoundland!

“As of this year,” she told The Leader in a subsequent interview. “Students take the online with us and the lab work in Newfoundland.”

Those students, she added, are not part of the enrollment numbers mentioned earlier.

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