Students’ Association Overview

Every student of Northern Lakes College is a member of the Students’ Association. The Council of the Association is made up of one elected representative from each campus. The rep is elected by the students. The Council meets monthly from November to June to handle the business of the Association.


Students’ Council

The governing body of the Students’ Association is the Students’ Council. The Council is made up of representatives from each of the College’s campuses. Every fall, the students at each campus vote in their representative for the year. Representatives act as a liaison between the Students’ Council, the Community Education Committee (CEC) and the students at their campus, sharing information and bringing issues forward.
The Students’ Council has an executive made up of a President, a Vice President and a Treasurer elected from Council members at their first fall meeting.

The College assists the Students’ Council by providing a Business Manager from its staff, providing meeting space, and other services as required.

The Students’ Council is the official student voice to the Board of Governors through the College President.


Local Students’ Unions

Each campus has a Students’ Union that takes care of student affairs on that campus. Groups will often fundraise for trips or special projects on that campus. Sometimes they plan their own graduation ceremony or special events around Christmas and other holidays. Their success depends on students getting involved. At our college, staff and faculty are key to helping the students have a healthy, functional union at their campus.


Student Representatives

Student Representatives are elected from their local Students’ Unions to represent them. They usually represent them both at the Students’ Council meetings and at the Community Education Committee (CEC) meetings. To do that, they must not only attend local Students’ Union meetings but also listen carefully to students about their concerns. They have to know the best place to bring an issue to and then provide a voice for the students from their campus.

The second half of their job is bringing information back to the students from the CEC and the Students’ Council. They do this by posting minutes, speaking about the meetings and other ways. If the College/Campus is facing an issue, they need to inform students about it and then get their input into how they would like to see things happen.

When they participate at CEC meetings, they let the members know what the students are thinking and feeling about their studies. They also suggest local changes.

At the Students’ Council meetings, they make decisions about the affairs of the Students’ Association: what they will do, what they want to change about the College, how they will spend their money, etc.


CEC (Community Education Committee)

Each campus has a Community Education Committee (CEC) that meets monthly to make decisions about that campus. The Student Member picked by the students from that campus attends this meeting to represent the student view. They also report back to the Local Students’ Union about things that were decided at the CEC meeting.


CCEC (Council of Community Education Committees)

Did you know that the Council of the Students’ Association is mirrored by the Council of Community Education Committees (CCEC)? Both are made up of representatives from each campus. The local Students’ Union picks their Student Councilor and the local Community Education Committee picks their Council rep.


Student Representation

Students are decision-makers throughout the College.

The Board of Governors is the governing body of the College. All major decisions about the College are made at the Board level. Not only does the Students’ Council bring issues to the Board through the President, students also have a voice on the Board through their student representative.

The Academic Council makes recommendations to the Board of Governors and College Management. Their focus is on standards and procedures for the selection and admission of students, on courses and programs of instruction and on academic awards. There are seven student members, seven management members and seven instructors on the Academic Council. The student members can bring forward issues and make decisions on things that affect them directly. Students are appointed to the Academic Council by the Students’ Council early in the fall at the Annual Retreat.



The purpose of the Students’ Association is:

  • to provide recreational and developmental opportunities for students
  • to develop and enforce rules relating to student affairs
  • to promote the general welfare of students and enhance student life
  • to communicate with the Board of Governors



The Students’ Association uses collected fees to provide services to the students of Northern Lakes College.



The Students’ Association has joined with the Northern Alberta Development Council (NADC) and the Board of Governors to provide two Role Model Scholarships of $2000 each. A Role Model is someone who is involved in the community, shows leadership in and outside of school, has improved academically, is willing to assist other students and/or has overcome difficulties to do well at school. Deadline for nominations is December 1st.

The Students’ Association sponsors 60 Financial Need Scholarships for $200 each to help students who are experiencing financial difficulty. This money is given out 4 times a year. Contact your counselor for details.


Student Development

The Students’ Council wants to assist students in learning the skills they need to gain employment. They subsidize students to take regularly scheduled employment related Courses or to gain courses offered in their community/area.


Representation in the College

The Students’ Council also selects representatives that work for students. There is a representative on the Board of Governors. There are also representatives on the Academic Council. Whenever the College strikes a committee looking at issues related to students, they ask the students to pick representatives.

Fees and Finances

The College collects Students’ Association fees from all students who attend the College. The current fee is $2.90 per credit . Fees are the primary source of revenue for the Students’ Association.
The Students’ Council establishes a budget each year covering the governance of the association, services to students and administration.