It wasn't only elementary and high school students back in the classroom this week, Carlton Trail College staff and students are back to work this week as well.

CTC President and CEO Ivan Yackel says their staff was planning their year on Monday.

"We started off on August 31st by having all our instructors in together for an in-service day and then on September 1st we had all our staff from across the region come in to Humboldt and spend the day with us just getting ready for the year and doing some strategic planning."

Students began their year Thursday taking part in a program called "Pacific Institute Training" which focuses on strategies to succeed in learning and life.

Yackel says they have another strong year of enrolment.

"We certainly have a good take up on our Adult Basic Education classes as well as a number of Continuing Care Classes, Business Administration, those sorts of things. Lots of students around."

Before staff at Humboldt based facility get real busy with the school year they took some time to honour a trio of their team for their years of service.

"Murray Cook is a welding instructor who has been with us for 10 years, he's just an amazing man and a fantastic instructor," Yackel added. "Andy Burgess, our VP of Finance has been with us for 15 years, Andy makes sure that all the money ends up where it's supposed to and keeps the doors open and the lights on. Denise Germaine, one of our program delivery associates has been with us for 25 years."

CTC has offices in Humboldt, Southey, Watrous and Wynyard plus classrooms throughout the region.

You can hear more from Yackel below in his interview with Bolt FM's Clark Stork below.