50 Years of Educating Northerners

1988

1988

1988

Kitikmeot Campus in Cambridge Bay and Keewatin Campus in Rankin Inlet are established. Yellowknife program delivery centre becomes a Campus. Adult Educators in the Kitikmeot and Keewatin regions join Arctic College.

1987

1987

1987

Arctic College becomes a corporation with the mandate to deliver adult and post-secondary education in the NWT. It is an arms-length entity from the GNWT and the Board of Governors assumes legal responsibilities for operations. Aurora Campus in Inuvik is established. Phase 2 of the Trades Complex at Thebacha Campus opens. Adult Educators in the Baffin region join Arctic College. Arctic College total enrolment between campuses and community deliveries surpasses 1,300.

1986

1986

1986

The Arctic College Act is approved by the NWT Legislative Assembly. Yellowknife is named the Administrative Centre for Arctic College.

1985

1985

1985

Thebacha College is renamed Arctic College, with Thebacha Campus in Fort Smith and Nunatta Campus in Iqaluit.

1984

1984

1984

Thebacha College expands to the eastern Arctic, with a campus established in Iqaluit (now Nunavut). The Extensions Division delivers 88 courses throughout the NWT. Courses include academic upgrading, trades, clerical, business, marine, and guide training. The Science Advisory Board becomes the Science Institute of the NWT, with a head office in Yellowknife and major Research Centres in Inuvik and Igloolik.

1983

1983

1983

Thebacha College has a full-time enrolment of 386 students.

1982

1982

1982

A decentralized college system with program delivery at the community level in order to better serve all regions of the NWT is proposed in a report approved by the NWT Legislative Assembly.

1981

1981

AVTC transitions into Thebacha College, a formally  accredited institution, created by an Act of the NWT Legislative Assembly. Thebacha is a Dënesųłıné word that means “by the rapids”. The first Board of Governors is appointed.

1980

1980

1980

AVTC has a full-time enrolment of 308 students.

1979

1979

1979

The new Trades Complex (Phase 1) opens in Fort Smith. “Tuk Tech” in Tuktoyaktuk delivers marine and oil-related training, administered by AVTC Extensions Office. Off-campus extension courses begin to be offered.

1977

1977

AVTC’s leader becomes ‘Superintendent of Vocational Education” and takes responsibility for all vocational training in the NWT.

1976

1976

1976

First long-term partnership established: graduates of the two-year Teacher Education Diploma are now able to transfer their full credits towards a Bachelor of Education the University of Saskatchewan. AVTC’s full-time enrolment is just short of 200 students.The Science Advisory Board is developed to advise the GNWT on matters related to science and research.

1975

1975

1975

First Apprenticeship programs – Carpentry, Electrical, and Heavy Duty Mechanics – are offered at AVTC.

1972

1972

1972

NWT Apprenticeship system is developed in response to northern resource development.

1971

1971

AVTC qualifies to receive funding from Canada Manpower (now Economic and Social Development Canada) to sponsor programs.

1970

1970

1970

Teacher Education Program is moved to Fort Smith.

1969

1969

1969

Education responsibilities, including Community Adult Education Centres, are transferred to the new Department of Education of the Northwest Territories’ government from Ottawa. HEO program is moved to current site of Thebacha Campus from the Fox Holes. The Adult Vocational Training Centre (AVTC) is officially established in Fort Smith. AVTC adds several programs: Pre-Employment Carpentry, Pre-Employment Welding, Clerk-Typist, CN Telecommunications, and Certified Nursing Assistant.

1968

1968

1968

The first course, Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO), is offered at the Fox Holes, west of Fort Smith. Teacher Education Program (one year) is delivered in Yellowknife.

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