The first NIC FEST 2023 open house and career fair happens in Campbell River on Wednesday, March 15, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
“We have a range of programs. We have a range of delivery modes. We offer many opportunities to learn close to home,” said Diane Naugler, executive director, Community Engagement.
NIC FEST aims to support anyone thinking about trying a new career pathway in an ever-changing job market or exploring what they want to do for their career when they first enter the workforce. It will appeal to people looking to upgrade skills, anyone new to the region who wants to find out about NIC and former NIC students who attended years ago and wish to see what’s new.
NIC has held open house events for the community before. These were put on hold in recent years as a COVID-19 precaution. Similar events in the past have focused on secondary students wondering what they want to do once they finish school.
This time, NIC FEST will be more localized, with events set for the Campbell River, Comox Valley and Port Alberni campuses on different days. These highlight education and career paths available in each region.
The events will give an opportunity to explore the campus, take self-guided and guided tours, or visit classrooms, labs and studios. There will also be time to meet faculty members, have career conversations with employers, learn about student services and supports and, of course, enter to win a $1,000 tuition award and a #YourNorth prize pack.
NIC also has events planned for later in the month: March 22 at the Comox Valley campus, from 3:30 to 7 p.m.; and March 29 in Port Alberni (Roger Street), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Events may vary by campus. For more information, including more detailed event listings, follow NIC on Instagram or Facebook, or see www.nic.bc.ca/nicfest.