50 Years of Educating Northerners
Aurora College celebrates 50 years of educating Northerners! Practical Nurse Diploma is introduced at Aurora Campus. Early Learning and Child Care Diploma is introduced at Yellowknife North Slave Campus.
Construction begins on $10 million Centre for Mine and Industry Training at Thebacha Campus. Full-time, on-site delivery of the Early Childhood Development Diploma is offered at Aurora Campus, the first delivery in NWT.
Mine training programs are moved to Thebacha Campus from Yellowknife. Post Graduate Certificate in Remote Nursing is introduced at Yellowknife North Slave Campus to replace Masters in Nursing – Nurse Practitioner, which graduated its final class in May 2015. New Access programs (Occupations & College Access and University and College Access) are introduced at all three campuses. Full-time, on-site delivery of the Early Childhood Development Diploma is offered at Aurora Campus, the first delivery in NWT.
Aurora College celebrates 20 years of delivering Nursing Education. Video-conferencing is piloted as the delivery method for Business Administration and Office Administration programs. Aurora College became a signatory to Colleges and Institutes Canada’s Indigenous Education Protocol for College and Universities. Full-time, on-site delivery of the Early Childhood Development Certificate is offered at Aurora Campus, the first full-time delivery in NWT.
Aurora Research Institute celebrates 50 years of research in the NWT. Aurora College becomes eligible to apply for Tri-Council research grants through NSERC (Natural Science and Engineering Research Council) and SSHRC (Social Science and Humanities Research Council). The first Adult Literacy and Basic Education (ALBE) learners receive their NWT Senior Secondary School Diploma through the Adult Recognition Model (ARM). ARM allows adult learners to receive high school credits for learning the occurred inside or outside of a classroom after they left the K-12 education system.
Personal Support Worker Certificate is offered for the first time at Aurora Campus in Inuvik.
Behchokǫ̀ First Nation is the site of the first Personal Support Worker Certificate program offered outside of Yellowknife. 19 students complete the program in spring 2013.
First NWT Youth Symposium is hosted at Thebacha Campus to introduce high school students to Aurora College and to post-secondary education. The new headquarters for Aurora Research Centre and the Western Arctic Research Centre open in Inuvik. Three new Community Learning Centres are opened: in Kátł’odeeche First Nation, Łutselk’e Dene First Nation, and Tsiigehtchic. Northern Adult Basic Education (NABE) funding is received by the three northern colleges (Aurora College, Nunavut Arctic College, Yukon College) from the federal government to deliver the multi-year, multi-million dollar program to improve northerners’ opportunities to enter the labour market or prepare for further post-secondary education.
Northern Leadership Development Program (NLDP) is delivered for the first time. Diploma in Supply Management is offered through agreement with NWT Institute of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada. Transfer agreements are finalized with University of Lethbridge to allow Business Administration Diploma and Environment and Natural Resources Technology Diploma graduates to transfer credits to specific Bachelor’s degrees.
Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner Stream) is introduced and delivered at Yellowknife North Slave Campus, in partnership with Dalhousie University.
The Mobile Trades Training Lab (MTTL) is acquired to deliver programs in the Inuvik and Beaufort Delta regions. Aurora College partnered with the Gwich’in Tribal Council (GTC) and Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) to purchase the MTTL. The Underground Mine Simulator is acquired for use at Yellowknife North Slave Campus. Aurora College celebrates 40 years of adult and post-secondary education in NWT.
Aurora Campus’s new residence building opens in Inuvik.
The Thebacha Kue residence building opens at Thebacha Campus in Fort Smith.
The Trades Awareness Program, a partnership with the South Slave Divisional Education Council and Education, Culture & Employment – South Slave Region, is developed to introduce high school students in the South Slave region to trades and to college life, and is delivered at Thebacha Campus.
Four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a partnership with the University of Victoria, is introduced to replace the Northern Nursing Diploma. Teacher Education Diploma expands to a three-year program from two.
On January 1, Arctic College is split into two, becoming Aurora College and Nunavut Arctic College. The Science Institute of the NWT is divided into the Aurora Research Institute and Nunavut Research Institute, which are integrated into Aurora College and Nunavut Arctic College. The new Academic Wing at Thebacha Campus opens. A five-year corporate plan – Blueprint for the Future maps out the first five years of Aurora College’s development.
The two-year Northern Nursing Diploma is established in Yellowknife.
In preparation for the division of the NWT and the creation of Nunavut, the plan to create two colleges is announced, with Fort Smith and Iqaluit housing the head offices of the respective colleges.
Adult Educators in the Fort Smith region join Arctic College, completing the transfer of Adult Education to Arctic College.
Adult Educators in the Inuvik region join Arctic College.