TRAINING ENVIRONMENT NLC promotes safety, productivity, and camaraderie, helping prepare students for success. Students are engaged in classroom and field learning activities equally each day of the school week (Mon–Thu). Classes are not typically in session Fridays; this time is normally reserved for career preparation and academic study. In order to maintain a high quality training environment, faculty-to-student ratios are kept to a maximum of 16:1 in the field and 48:1 in the classroom across all campuses. Because of the procedural nature of gas work and the strict adherence to safety rules it requires, NLC has
established rules and procedures that train students to operate successfully in the profession. Success is achieved by creating a positive learning environment where students are challenged, encouraged, and held accountable. Students are placed in crews where camaraderie and teamwork are emphasized daily. Exemplifying the best practices and expectations of trade professionals, NLC training specialists leverage experience and adult-education training to facilitate practical and beneficial learning
Students get hands-on training in the NLC Gas Distribution Program training yard.
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experiences for each student. At NLC, the forming of lifelong friendships among classmates and instructors is commonplace. The positive culture that students experience creates a lasting impression they carry throughout their long and rewarding careers. NLC graduates will become gas workers, crew leaders, safety and training professionals, supervisors, directors, even company presidents. Because knowing which students will become presidents is impossible, we conduct training as if they all will.