The Board of Governors of Northern Lights College has ratified the college’s 2023-24 operational budget as recommended to them by NLC executive. The budget, approved during the March 5, 2023 meeting of the Board, prioritizes students and the refreshed 2023-2028 strategic plan adopted by NLC.
The total budget amounted to just over $4.8 million with a small projected surplus of $50,322. According to President Todd Bondaroff, the budget is indicative of Northern Lights College’s strong position.
"More importantly, of our commitment to students to provide the highest quality education and training right here in the North,” he said in a release.
Officials note the budget assumes status quo base funding from the province and a student enrolment equivalent to 2022-23. It is also based on a 2% increase in domestic student tuition and the 5.4% increase of international student tuition approved by the Board previously.
Funding for a number of new positions was included in the budget as part of a growth mandate to better support new and prospective NLC students. A few of these new positions include:
- A second student recruiter to service the northern part of the college catchment area
- Two education advisors to provide guidance and create cohesive academic plans for students
- An additional program support clerk for the Academic and Vocational division
- A janitor for the Dawson Creek campus
- A facilities worker for the Fort St. John campus
- An Educational Technician and an Operations Manager in the IT department