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June

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This fall, for the first time ever, NIC will begin offering Mandarin language courses giving students in the Comox Valley the opportunity to become more culturally and internationally literate in a language spoken by more people as a native language than any other in the world.

The following courses are designed for beginning learners:

Both courses transfer to UVic and several other universities across B.C. They compliment the Spanish and French language programming opportunities already available at NIC. 

Registration is now open for courses starting this September.

Register online or in person at any NIC campus.

 

September

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Develop your art practice through traditional and experimental engagement with sculptural processes and ideas, while working alongside fellow students in a stimulating studio environment, supported by skilled technicians and instructors. Sculpture courses include hands-on construction, research, presentations and discussions.

Read more about the sculpture courses available at NIC, and sign up today for FIN 230 or other Fine Arts & Design Courses available for Fall Term at the Comox Valley campus!

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Faculty take on the ice bucket challenge in 2014

It's going to be an exciting day of events across our NIC campuses on Sept 8, 2015. From video booths, to continental breakfasts, studio tours and faculty introductions this is going to be a fun introduction to the Fall Term.

(The picture is taken from last year's Orientation Day in Courtenay, when brave faculty members took on the ice bucket challenge!)

Join our Facebook event today, and stay updated on what will be happening around campus, with pictures, videos and more!

Questions about what's taking place at your campus? Find your schedule of events here.

Along with learning the ins and outs of campus life, there will be student workshops that include information about our Study Abroad opportunities. You'll have a chance to win prizes, join a scavenger hunt, enjoy a BBQ lunch (weather permitting) and much more.

Each year, our Orientation Day events are a highlight that students will remember for years to come, and have become a staple for community groups in the Comox Valley.

We welcome all incoming and returning students, and look forward to seeing you there!

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Have you registered for the Fall Term yet? Limited seats still available! Here is a small sample of what NIC programs and courses offer:

 

Fine Arts & Design – Comox Valley

Hone your skills and develop your craft through NIC's Fine Art and Design program. Be inspired to experiment with your style in the areas of printmaking, photography, sculpture and ceramics with NIC’s expert instructors. Prior experience is helpful however prerequisite waivers may be available depending on your skills and current practice.

 

Metal Jewellery – Campbell River

Learn to conceptualize and create jewellery for artistic expression or as a source of income as you explore professional metal techniques gemology, design and more. "Each day was fully engaging and the learning was continuous. The instructors were equally unique and each gave all to meet our learning needs and inspire us to meet the challenges in our own way." - Toby Krell, certificate grad.

 

Adventure Guiding – Campbell River

Start your adventure of a lifetime! Develop certified field skills in sea kayaking, canoeing, sailing, interpretation, leadership, risk management, wilderness first aid, navigation and more. Qualify for an exciting and diverse career as a guide in BC’s growing adventure tourism industry, or earn credit toward NIC's Tourism & Hospitality Management diploma, Business Administration degree or other tourism degree programs in the province.

 

English 098 – All Campuses

Develop your essay writing and critical thinking skills and meet the English requirement for Adventure Guiding, Social Services, Nursing and more with ENG 098 available this fall! Financial support now available - speak with a student advisor today!

 

Electrical Foundation – New To Port Alberni

Advance your trades career with cutting-edge facilities, hands-on experience, and industry-certified experts. Gain strong technical knowledge and develop the fundamental skills electricians require, through our Electrical Foundation program.

 

Early Childhood Care & Education Certificate – Port Alberni

Be in demand! Discover more than 9,100 job openings available by the year 2022 for early childhood educators and assistants in BC. Change the lives of young children by providing quality care and education for healthy early development. Education theory and extensive practicums provide the first steps toward your Certificate to Practice in BC.

 

Educational Assistant / Community Support, Indigenous Focus Certificate – New To Port Hardy

Develop unique skills and workplace training as a specialized education assistant or community support worker. Receive high-quality instruction and programming, with transferability throughout BC. Our faculty work closely with community agencies to ensure course content is current, relevant, and valued by employers in the field.

 

If you have questions about attending NIC, we want to hear from you! Contact Student Services at: 1-800-715-0914 or email questions@nic.bc.ca

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When: Tuesday, September 08
Where: NIC Port Alberni Campus
Cost: Free admission, everyone welcome

Start the new year right with NIC's annual Orientation Day for new and returning students in Port Alberni.

  • Registration and free continental breakfast,
  • Meet your instructors, leadership team, and fellow students,
  • Take part in a scavenger hut,
  • Student Marketplace
  • Free BBQ lunch!

Check out the orientation schedule for your campus to plan your day.

For more information visit www.mynic.nic.bc.ca/student/Pages/default.aspx or call 250-724-8711.

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When: Tuesday, September 08 from 8:45 AM to Sep 08 1:30 PM
Where: Campbell River Campus
Cost: Free admission, everyone welcome

Start the new year right with NIC's annual Orientation Day for new and returning students in Campbell River (with Vigar Road Vocational Centre students attending at the Campbell River campus).

  • Free continental breakfast,
  • Meet your instructors, leadership team, and fellow students,
  • Take part in a scavenger hut,
  • Free BBQ lunch!

Check out the orientation schedule for your campus to plan your day.

For more information visit www.mynic.nic.bc.ca/student/Pages/default.aspx or call 250-923-9700.

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When: Tuesday, September 08 from 9:30 AM to Sep 08 3:00 PM
Where: Comox Valley Campus
Cost: Free admission, everyone welcome

Learn key survival skills to make this school year a success with NIC's Orientation Day, September 8 at NIC's Comox Valley campus.

  • Discover NIC's study abroad opportunities
  • Tour the library
  • Survivor's Guide to Essay Writing, with English instructor Anne Cumming
  • Budgeting 101, with financial aid advisor Doris Funk

Plus, you'll meet your instructors and fellow students, find your books and classrooms, pay tuition, learn to operate a fire extinguisher and, of course, enjoy a free barbecue lunch.

Check out the orientation schedule for your campus to plan your day.

For more information visit www.mynic.nic.bc.ca/student/Pages/default.aspx or call 250-334-5000.

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There's still time to register for our unique online Office Management Certificate, starting in September! Gain the business education needed to advance into supervisory positions with the ease and convenience of working remotely.

The Office Management certificate is a part-time program that prepares students for positions as supervisors, office managers, and administrative or executive assistants. Students complete three courses during the Fall term (September) and three courses in the Winter term (January), totalling 30 weeks.

Career possibilities: Depending on your prior work experience, opportunities may include positions such as human resources manager, office manager, executive assistant, or business owner!

Read more about the course highlights and register today! Questions? Contact: Student Services at 1-800-715-0914 or email questions@nic.bc.ca.

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Interested in learning more about our province's rich cultural history? Register today for BC First Peoples Studies (FNS-096), running Sep - Dec, 2015 in Port Alberni.

This class is designed to help students appreciate the unique situation of First Nations and Metis communities; providing a timely view of the history and present day context of BC's First People.

There will be specific focus on the Indigenous communities of Vancouver Island and outlying coastal communities.

This course is scheduled for Monday/Wednesday from 10:00am - 11:30am with Wilma Keitlah as the instructor.

Read more course details or sign up now!

If you have any questions, contact Student Services at 250-724-8711 or email: questions@nic.bc.ca.

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Join us for a public information session at 1:30pm on Friday, September 11, at the Campbell River Campus of North Island College.

Come and meet the instructors and bring questions you have about the courses and about ElderCollege.

If you would like to share your skills with us as an instructor or a committee member, please come to this meeting or contact us by email at: eldercollegecr@nic.bc.ca

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Date: Sept 16 at 7 pm
Location: Port Alberni Campus, 3699 Roger Street

NIC Foundation award recipients are invited to attend a special reception with their family where they will have the opportunity to meet the generous members of our community who have made North Island College bursaries and scholarships possible.

All are welcome to attend the NIC Foundation Awards Reception in the cafeteria at the Port Alberni campus on September 16, beginning at 7 pm.

To RSVP for this event, contact Erin Petersen at 250-334-5000 ex. 4039.

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Come out on Saturday, September 19, 2015 for the Comox Valley ElderCollege Information Forum, from 10am-12 pm at the Stan Hagen Theatre (Courtenay campus).


Course instructors will provide two-minute presentations describing their courses, to help you get a better sense of what opportunities there are available. Join our unique community of adult learners today!

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Mark your calendars for these important ElderCollege Dates!

 

September 21: Course Registration begins at 9.00 a.m.
 
October 5: First courses begin.
 
October 12: No classes.
 
November 11: No classes.

 

Questions about ElderCollege? Find the right contacts now:

 

 

Campbell River Campus:
250-923-9700
eldercollegecr@nic.bc.ca

 

Comox Valley Campus:
250-334-5000 ex.4602
eldercollegeCV@nic.bc.ca

Port Alberni Campus:
250-724-8705
leanne.moore@nic.bc.ca

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Date/time: Sept 23 at 7 pm
Location: Campbell River Campus, 1685 South Dogwood Street

NIC Foundation award recipients are invited to attend this special reception with their family where they will have the opportunity to meet the generous members of our community who have made North Island College bursaries and scholarships possible.

All are welcome to attend the NIC Foundation Awards Reception in the cafeteria at the Campbell River campus on September 23, beginning at 7 pm.

To RSVP for this event, contact Erin Petersen at 250-334-5000 ex. 4039.

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The First Saturday ElderCollege lecture will be taking place September 26 in the Stan Hagen Theatre at NIC's Courtenay Campus, from 10.00am – 12.00pm.

LECTURE SERIES, FALL 2015
 
INHERITANCE TO INTUITION:  SEVEN CONTEMPORARY NORTHWEST COAST FIRST NATIONS ARTISTS
 
The series will be introduced with a brief history of ideas in the rapidly evolving contemporary Northwest Coast art scene. The seven following lectures will be presented by distinguished First Nations artists whose careers while firmly rooted in the traditions of their ancestors, have evolved into their own unique individual expression of their culture. With homage to the legacy of inherited cultural identities, the works of these master artists intuitively express continuity with the past and connection to present cultural realities. 

Questions? Contact ElderCollege Student Services at: 250-334-5000 ex.4602 or email:
eldercollegeCV@nic.bc.ca

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Date/time: Sept 30 OR Oct 1 at 7 pm
Location: Crowne Isle Resort Ballroom, 399 Clubhouse Dr, Courtenay

NIC Foundation award recipients are invited to attend a special reception with their family where they will have the opportunity to meet the generous members of our community who have made North Island College bursaries and scholarships possible.

This year, the NIC Foundation Awards Reception in the Comox Valley will be held on two separate evenings, September 30th and October 1st , beginning each night at 7 pm. These events will take place in the ballroom at Crowne Isle Resort. Guests are requested to attend their designated reception as noted in the reception letter.

To RSVP for this event, contact Erin Petersen at 250-334-5000 ex. 4039.

October

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When: Friday, October 23 to Oct 25
Where: North Island College, Comox Valley Campus

NIC Proudly Presents: Inspire, Advocate, Unleash!
The 2015 Canadian Student Nursing Association Western / Prairie Regional Conference

Join NIC's Bachelor of Science in Nursing students in hosting the nursing students from across Western Canada October 23 to 25, 2015 in the Comox Valley.

The Canadian Nursing Student Association Western Regional conference is the first time NIC nursing students have hosted this regional conference, and several local students have been instrumental to its success.

Conference speakers include inspirational registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and nursing consultants from across Western Canada, including remote First Nations communities.

Students will also have access to a new grad panel and an experiential workshop designed to help nursing students explore the effects of residential schools and Canada's assimilation policies while understanding Aboriginal ways and values.

Register online by July 20, 2015 for early bird pricing. North Island College students can contact Heidi Boettcher for a registration form.

For more information on submitting abstracts, speakers, and where to stay in the Comox Valley, visit www.cnsaregional2015.com.