Northern Lights College welcomes two new teachers


Photo: Shauna Goertzen (right) and Lee Morden will be teaching the Geomatics Engineering Technology certificate program starting this fall – Submitted.

Fort St. John’s Northern Lights College is welcoming two new teachers this fall.

Shauna Goertzen and Lee Morden will be teaching the newest program to be offered at the local campus. They will be teaching the Geomatics Engineering Technology certificate program, which begins its first intake of students on September 1st.

Goertzen graduated from the BCIT program in 1995 and is a 15-year veteran of the surveying industry. She had worked in the oil patch in the Fort St. John area since 1999, before joining NLC in May.

Meanwhile, Morden’s career started in agriculture in Ontario, followed by graduate work in Saskatchewan. He then graduated from the University of Calgary in 1998 with a degree in Geomatics Engineering, receiving his commission in 2005.

The newest teachers say they will complement each other. Goertzen has some experience in residential and commercial development and construction, but the bulk of her career has been surveying in the oil patch. Meanwhile, Morden has focused on municipal surveying and development for much of his career.

The program is year one of the Geomatics Engineering Technology Diploma program offered in partnership with the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Students who complete the certificate at NLC can move directly into year two at BCIT, or move into an industry. The inaugural intake of the program will have students with diverse backgrounds, ranging from secondary school graduates with no experience to workers with as much as six or seven years experience in the industry.

At last update, the Northern Lights in Dawson Creek is also welcoming a new teacher to its family.

Jennifer Bowes will be the new Visual and Graphic Communications Arts instructor at the campus. Bowes will be replacing Laine Dahlen, who was the instructor for 31 years.
 
Bowes says she has some plans for putting her own personal touches on the program. She is hoping to apply for grants that would be used to purchase reference materials, and maybe develop an artists’ lecture and workshop component to the program. As well, she hopes to introduce sculpture as part of the program.
 
She is also hoping to work at developing additional credit transfer options for program graduates at other post-secondary institutions.

Bowes earned her Master of Fine Arts for Drawing in 2003 and Bachelor of Fine Arts for both Painting and Drawing in 1999, both at the University of Alberta. Since 2001, Bowes has instructed at both the University of Alberta and Grande Prairie Regional College.

Professionally, Bowes has participated in more than a dozen exhibitions, and has been featured in more than a dozen reviews and publications since 1999.