YELLOWKNIFE, NT – Calling all Aurora College Alumni: during the 2018-19 academic year, Aurora College is celebrating 50 years of educating Northerners!

From mid-January through mid-March, Northern Life Museum in Fort Smith will be hosting a curated exhibit showcasing memorabilia, items, photos, and people from the College’s past 50 years.

As part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations, Aurora College will be sharing stories of success of alumni, current and former students, current and former staff and faculty, and others who have been a part of the Aurora College journey to date. Alumni, student, employer, and partner testimonial forms will be available on our 50th Anniversary web page, to make it easy to contact Aurora College and share success stories. ( )

Aurora College’s 50th Anniversary Facebook page features historical photos, new videos of alumni and student success, contests, information about upcoming events, and more. It went live in October, and can be found at .

From humble beginnings as the Adult Vocational Training Centre (ACTC) offering Heavy Equipment Operator and Teacher Education programs in Fort Smith in 1968, Aurora College has grown through several name changes, the division of the NWT, the addition of campuses in Yellowknife and Inuvik and more than 20 Community Learning Centres, and numerous other changes. Throughout the anniversary year, the College will be holding a number of events and activities at the Campuses and Community Learning Centres to celebrate, and to recognize the successes of our many thousands of graduates and former students who have been so instrumental in building this territory and the communities that we call home.

In mid-September, events were held at each of the College’s three campuses to both welcome students and to kick off the year of celebration and nostalgia. The new, aurora borealis-inspired logo was officially unveiled in September on one of Northwestern Air Lease Ltd.’s (NWAL) Jetstream 32 aircraft. The Jetstream, and several others in the NWAL fleet, will display Aurora College’s 50th Anniversary logo for the 2018-19 academic year. Aurora College is pleased to announce that Northwestern Air Lease Ltd. is the Gold Sponsor of Aurora College’s 50th Anniversary. Also in September, the community of Fort Smith was invited to a free Community BBQ at Thebacha Campus. Similar celebrations – a community chili dinner at Aurora Campus in Inuvik and a student lunch at Yellowknife North Slave Campus – launched the 50th anniversary year in style with greetings from Education, Culture and Employment Minister Caroline Cochrane and other invited guests.