Student Life Newsletter - August 23

Hello NIC Students,

With just a few short weeks before class starts, you can now pick up your textbooks and any other learning materials or swag from the campus bookstores which are now open!


  • Mon, Aug 23 – Sat, Aug 28: 7-week Summer term final exams.
  • Mon, Sept 6th: Labour Day – College Closed.
  • Tues, Sept 7th: Orientation Day – No Scheduled Classes
  • Tues, Sept 7th: First day of the fall term. All fees must be paid in full and all pre-requisites met by 4 pm for Fall Term.
  • Wed, Sept 8th: Fall classes begin.
  • Mon, Sept 13th: Last day for waitlisted students to claim seats; remaining waitlists will be cleared at 4 pm.
  • Thurs, Sept 16th: Last day to register, apply for a refund, change from credit to audit.
  • Thurs, Sept 30th: Last day to opt-out of NISU Health & Dental Benefits.


  • Fall 2021 Virtual Orientation has launched! You can find all information and details on orientation sessions here. This week we have two virtual events, Supports for Success on Tues, Aug. 24 from 10-11 am PDT and another Peer Drop-In Session on Wed, Aug. 25 from 9:00 – 10:00 am PDT. Email to register.
  •  Student Leadership Team. Looking for a way to get involved in the NIC community and develop leadership skills? Learn more about the NIC Student Leadership Team and an upcoming information session by emailing

  • Campus Life Assistants. NIC’s Student Life team is looking to hire several students as Campus Life Assistants for the Comox Valley, Port Alberni, and Port Hardy campuses. To learn more please visit the job posting on Career Central or email


  • Fire Bans and Restrictions. The campfires, Category 2, and Category 3 open fires are banned throughout the province of British Columbia. This ban will remain in effect until noon on Oct. 15, 2021, or until the order is revoked. Learn more about current fire bans and restrictions here.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination. The BC Government is encouraging all who are eligible to register for their COVID vaccine as soon as possible, this includes both domestic and international students. Visit the government website for information on eligibility and the registration process.


  • Library & Learning Commons Summer Update.
    • The Comox Valley Library will remain open and staffed throughout the summer. NIC students will be able to access research, writing, math support and peer tutoring via BlueJeans, live chat, email, and phone.
    • The Campbell River Library will be closed July & August. During that time, the Library group study rooms will remain open and accessible from the main commons area.
    • Port Alberni Library will be closed July & August.
    • Mixalakwila  Library will be closed July & August. Students can call the campus to book computers.
    • If you have any questions, please visit the LLC website.


  • NIC’s Career Central. The communities within and around our North Island College campuses offer an abundance of part-time, full-time, temporary, and permanent work opportunities through a diversity of employers and sectors.  NIC’s CareerCentral is the place to find jobs specifically targeting NIC students and alumni, with new jobs being posted weekly, so be sure to keep CareerCentral on your radar as you explore employment.
  • NIC Counselling. Counselling is available to all NIC students and appointments are offered via video or phone call. You can book your counselling appointment online here.
  • NIC Bookstore Update – Purchase your digital materials online! The NIC Bookstore is now offering electronic purchases for digital course materials. Visit the Bookstore page for details.
  • Emergency Assistance Funds - Sometimes emergencies happen that are outside of a student’s control or the best advance planning.  NIC may be able to assist with financial support in the form of a bursary to help with emergencies.  This funding does not need to be paid back and may be available to assist with books, transportation, childcare, supplies, groceries, and other essentials.  Contact a financial aid advisor to find out more.  Book online here.
  • NIC Student Technical Services are available on Monday-Friday from 8 am to 5 pm to help you with any of your technology-related questions. To book an appointment or to learn about the drop-in times visit the Student Technical Services website.
  • North Island Students' Union is back with Virtual Office Hours. This is an opportunity to ask questions, receive swag, and build connections. To access the link, download the NISU app. Would you like a Student Planner? Available by mail, connect with your Students’ Union at to learn more.
  • Have a quick question? Email advising@nic.bc.caand an advisor will get back to you asap. Be sure to leave your student number, email and phone number with your request.
  • NIC Library & Learning Commons is open for students to pick up holds and laptops, book study rooms, use the computers, and print. Visit to find out what hours your library is open. Research and Writing supports are available online every day. Find out more at
  • Book a Peer Tutor through the Library & Learning Commons! Tutors are available for Nursing, Business, English, Math, Science, Digital Design, Psychology, Spanish & study skills. Book your Peer Tutor online now!
  • Learn Anywhere. NIC’s Learn Anywhere website is geared to provide a collection of information that will help you to be a successful digital learner by covering topics such as: What is digital learning? and How can I use NIC-supported technologies during my studies? Students can also access a list of key skills and knowledge all students should have for successful learning in today’s world, knowing your rights and responsibilities and Technology Readiness Checklists.


  • Student Cook Book. Find college-friendly recipes with tips and tricks to help you feel confident cooking and grocery shopping in this free digital Student Cook Book.
  • NIC Student Life Facebook, Instagram & Discord –Connect with us on social to share what you are up to and stay in the loop with upcoming events and information. Go to the NIC Facebook page and click on 'Groups.'  Share on social how you’re taking care of yourself and tag NIC on Facebook and Instagram (@nicstudentlife) or send us an email at and we will share on your behalf. Student Life also has a Discord channel under the NISU server. #WeAreNICe #Thrive #NICatHome #NICStudentLife

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

 – Aristotle

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Enjoy your week and stay well!

Student Life Team


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