North West College
North West College delivers education and training programs that meet the needs of the learners and partners in business, industry and community. The institution’s responsive and diverse programming includes university Master’s and Bachelor’s programs, skills training, industry training, Adult Basic Education Level 3 and Level 4, literacy, and English as an Additional Language, and safety tickets. In 2014-15, the College delivered programing to 2674 students in 23 communities across northwest Saskatchewan, including partnerships with 14 First Nations communities. North West College strives to ensure all students participate in a practical worksite experience to best understand the world of work and how they can put theory to practice. Nearly 500 work placements and workplace experience opportunities were provided in 2014-15 in partnerships with 300 different employers across our expansive region. NWC operates from two campuses located in the Battlefords and Meadow Lake.
- North West offers programming in 23 communities spread over an area of 44,000 km2. That is approximately the same area as Switzerland!
- In 2014-15 North West became the first regional College in Saskatchewan to host a practicum placement with the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan.
- In 2014-15 North West has 87 Adult 12 graduates.
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Contribute to our Community
North West College is a highly active public service organization with several student and employee groups fundraising and supporting charities throughout our region. North West also provides career councilling and business services free of charge for all community members and tailors responsive programming to meet the changing economic needs of our communities. With over 100 FTE employees, North West is a major employer in our region and is committed to investing in staf rentention and satisfaction. In 2014-15 North West College launched the ‘Born to Read’ program through which every child born within our region received a board book and bag on behalf of the College. North West fosters learning both now and in the future!
Foster Student Success
Jessica Heystek, Practical Nursing, Class of 2014. “I was born and raised in North Battleford and I always wanted to stay in Battleford and I didn’t want to have to leave to go for university. So this program gave me an excellent opportunity to stay within the Battlefords and also attend the post-secondary program.” “One of the big things that I really loved about the College is that they actually had a whole lab set-up for us so whenever it came time to practice our nursing skills, we actually went into a real life hospital setting and we had access to all the materials and equipment that we can dream of.” “If anyone asked me if they should attend the Practical Nursing program at North West College, I would say go for it and be prepared to change your life.”
Roger Roy, GED and University, Alumni of 1989. Works at Correctional Service of Canada. “[I took] GED and I applied for university and I was accepted in university. I was terrified. But those fears are something that a person can overcome. And the best way to overcome them is to walk through them… and lots of help and counselling from North West College.” “I started in 1989 and 1995, I convocated from the U of R with a degree in Social Work. And than I thought I was too old to get a job because I was 45, a single parent with three kids and I started working for the province. That really encouraged me that I still had marketable skills and I had applied with the federal government in the correctional field. And now I’m just coming to the end of a 20 year career.”
Lisa Lavigne, Hairstylist, Class of 2008. Owner and Operator of Platinum Salon and Spa. “I wanted to do something different. I wanted to have a salon and spa in North Battleford that was completely different from what the city has ever seen. It’s a fantastic program. You learn everything that you need to know. Plus more because you learn aesthetics as well as hair to prepare you to work in a salon. A lot of the skills that I was taught in school obviously has come in very useful. Being professional, how to talk to clients, things like that. You learn so many more skills than you would at some of the other hair schools.” “The College has given me the experience and confidence needed to build a corporation from the ground up.”
Support Indigenous Students
In 2014-15 North West College offered Adult Basic Education and institute credit programming in 14 First Nations community. We are committed to creating inclusive learning environments and boast a 52% Aboriginal Participation Rate in a region with an Aboriginal population of 35%. We also offer targeted skills programming in partnership with the Battleford Agency Tribal Council to ensure our community service graduates receive training in cultural practices and perspectives. Our Aboriginal Student Success Rate is on par with our overall College Success Rates with 92% of Aboriginal Students successfully completing their university training at North West College.
Date modified: 2016-10-28