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April

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When: Friday, April 21 from 8:30 AM to Aug 18 4:30 PM
Where: Comox Valley Library & Learning Commons

Construction for Phase 2 of the Comox Valley Library & Learning Commons is beginning on April 21st and is expected to continue until mid-August. 
 
The Library & Learning Commons will remain open during construction.
  
Please note the following service changes during the construction period: 
  • The Library Computer Lab will be inaccessible. Computers will be located along the wall at the front of the book stacks. 
  • Small Group Rooms will be inaccessible. Hawthorn and Arbutus will be open to groups of all sizes and can still be booked online. Tutoring is available in D222. 
  • Silent Study Room will be inaccessible. The Library has both noise-cancelling headphones and disposable ear plugs available at the Lending Services desk. 
  • Group Study Area will be inaccessible. Please consider booking one of the group study rooms or ask at the Lending Services desk for locations of available classrooms. 
We thank you for your patience and look forward to welcoming you to the updated and improved Library & Learning Commons in Fall 2017. 
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Early Childhood Care & Education Opportunities

Work towards your BC Certification! Join classes from Ucluelet, Port Alberni, Port Hardy, Campbell River and the Comox Valley campuses via interactive TV and online to participate in a vibrant community of learners with a broad range of experiences.

Courses are scheduled in the evening allowing you to continue with other commitments while studying.

  • ECC-114 Partnerships Part 1 – Child Guidance. Wednesdays, 6-8 pm (campus-wide via interactive TV) April 26 – June 28
  • ECC-168 Health, Safety and Nutrition. Fall 2017. Tuesdays, 6-9 pm (in-person at Ucluelet Centre)

Learn more about Community Care opportunities at North Island College.

 

May

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Spring/Summer Writing Support is Available

Spring/Summer Hours: May 23 - Aug 9
Location: Online

Get writing help online with WriteAway. Writing support services include:

  • developing a thesis statement
  • organizing your essay
  • clarifying ideas
  • building arguments and providing supporting evidence
  • improving sentence structure

WriteAway is a free online service to help support students with their writing and is available to any student registered at NIC.

 

June

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Your McDonald's Training can lead to a
Business Degree at NIC

Your McDonalds Restaurant Management training transfers seamlessly to North Island College’s Bachelor of Business Administration, General Management Major.

  • Recognized credentials. Your NIC degree is recognized by employers and other post-secondary institutions throughout the province. Combined with your McDonald’s Management Training, you will be well-positioned for career growth.
  • International exchange opportunities. NIC students have taken part in student exchange programs in Germany, the US, Mexico, Poland and France.
  • Life-changing experiences. Combine your world-class McDonald’s training with paid international training experience at Disney Corporation. NIC is one of six Canadian post-secondary institutions to take part in Disney’s International Academic Exchange program.
  • Invaluable work experience. As a degree student, you’ll have the option of complementing your in-class studies with business-related paid employment through co-operative education. In addition, you’ll take several courses that apply concepts from your studies to real workplace problems.

How it works

North Island College will grant transfer credit for successful completion of McDonalds Management Development Program Levels 1 – 4 (MDP1, MDP2, MDP3 and MDP4) to all applicants who meet NIC’s admission requirements (Eng 12 C+, Math (Foundations 11 C+, Principles 11 C, Applications 12 C, or Pre-Calculus 11 C).

How to apply

Step 1: Apply online at www.nic.bc.ca/apply or talk to an NIC educational advisor if you have questions.

Step 2. Submit the following supporting documents to NIC:

  • McDonald’s Canada Training Verification form (signed by your McDonald’s Regional Training Manager to verify that training has been completed within three years of application).
  • Additional post-secondary transcripts to verify that you meet NIC’s admission requirements.

Step 3. Once you’ve met all the admission requirements, you will be offered a seat in NIC’s Bachelor of Business Administration program. Next you’ll pay a tuition deposit and will be invited to register for classes.

Come talk to us.

NIC’s Educational Advisors are here to answer all your questions about programs, provide information about funding options, and help you create an educational plan based on your specific needs and interests.

questions@nic.b.ca   |   1-800-715-0914

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Order your Summer Textbooks Online

Students registered in July/August classes at NIC may arrange to purchase required textbooks by emailing imc@nic.bc.ca or by calling 1-800-715-0914 ext. 4027.

Please provide the following details:

  • subject line: Student book order
  • first and last name
  • telephone number and best time to contact you
  • student ID number
  • course and section number for required texts (refer to your registration form for course and section and student ID needed for ordering)
  • payment method (attach a copy of your agency funding approval document, if applicable)
  • preferred shipping method (shipping charges will apply. For your convenience, pick up at NIC's Campbell River, Comox Valley or Port Alberni campuses may be arranged.

Use the Book Search function to find required texts and the latest available pricing.

NIC's Campbell River, Comox Valley and Port Alberni Bookstores will be closed Friday, June 23 to Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Stores will re-open Thursday, August 17, 2017.

 

July

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CVAG hosts Veins Exhibit
by Artist-in-Residence, Rita McKeough

NIC has been delighted to welcome artist-in-residence, Rita McKeough to campus in May and June 2017 and we now welcome you to join us Thursday, July 13 at 7 pm for the opening of Rita McKeough’s exhibition  “Veins." The evening will include an artist's talk. You can also visit the Comox Valley Art Gallery to view the exhibit from July 13 to September 30, 2017.

About the exhibit

Rita McKeough has created a complex installation titled, Veins, an extensively composed installation of lands the artist is deeply concerned about. Lands with pipelines running like veins throughout their whole expanse. These lands house both human and non-human life. Veins offers a sensory immersion in a landscape where the paradox between a healthy natural world and human systems of capitalism, production, consumption can be contemplated.

 

 

About the Artist-in-Residency program

The Artist-in-Residence is a collaborative program between NIC School of Fine Art and Design, the Comox Valley Art Gallery (CVAG) and the McLoughlin Gardens. It is the second year the program has run. The residency offers a creative space and platform for professional practicing artists to conduct active, hands-on research in the fine art studios at NIC.

 About the Artist

McKeough is a Calgary-based audio, media installation and performance artist. Her work blends her varied experience as a radio disc jockey and drummer with her studies in printmaking and sculpture to create unique installations, some with interactive environments. Her work has been exhibited throughout Canada and she was awarded the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2009.

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 NIC Student Artwork on Display at Lewis Centre

Explore ‘The Act of Painting’ with NIC fine art and design students at the Courtenay Lewis Centre.

The exhibit showcases the work of five emerging artists who have studied painting at NIC’s School of Fine Art and Design.

“These students and their works are remarkable,” says NIC instructor Elizabeth Russell. “The School of Fine Art and Design wants to thank Carol Millar and all the Lewis Centre staff for supporting emerging artists.”

The exhibit displays an eclectic range of thematic concerns, styles and techniques as each artist finds their unique voice through the act of painting. It includes:

  • Theo Papanikolaou, a Fine Arts diploma student from Alberta, whose expressive paintings “splatter brain” and “into the void” explore the genres of photo realism and abstraction.
  • Leslie Wynne, an artist and NIC Bachelor of Nursing degree student, whose representational paintings of “Mr. Bob” and “The Salon” express her ability to capture the humanity she experiences in everyday encounters with people in her life.
  • Mike Hilland, an NIC Fine Arts diploma alumni and a talented musician, whose magical and haunting surreal scenes in paintings fluctuate from real life to dream states.
  • Lesley-Anne Watts, an artist and NIC English Instructor, whose vibrant and lyrical works such as “The Troubles meet Jazz” reference her connections to Ireland and her interest in abstraction and craft practices.
  • Suzanne Slattery, a multi-talented Design and Fine Arts diploma student, whose sultry portrait, “Supery Sailor” is a bold abstract work rich in technique and spirit.

The exhibit is free and available to view daily during Lewis Centre’s operating hours.

NIC School of Fine Art and Design offers courses in digital media, design, printmaking, sculpture, drawing, photography, ceramics and art history. Students interested in learning to paint or advancing their skills and talents in art and design can take individual courses or register in the Fine Arts diploma.

For more information about the program, courses or prerequisites, email questions@nic.bc.ca.

August

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NIC Essential Skills Facilitator Training in Port Hardy

Gain the skills to help adult learners succeed in life, learning and employment. Develop skills required to design and deliver customized, culturally relevant essential skills workshops. Graduate with the skills to work in several community-based training settings with the ability to ladder into Douglas College’s, ES Practitioner Training certificate program.
 
Essential Skills Introduction & Career and Education Readiness Training
August 8 - 10, 2017 | NIC Mount Waddington Campus in Port Hardy
 
Essential Skills Methodology & Task Analysis
Bridging the Gap / Applications
August - November, 2017 | Two Supported Online Courses
 
Apply today. Call Wendy 1-800-715-0914 or email wendy.samaroden@nic.bc.ca
 
NIC Essential Skills Facilitator Training in Port Hardy
 
*Funding criteria must be met to participate
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Port Alberni Orientation Day: August 31, 2017

NIC's Port Alberni campus is celebrating the arrival of new and returning students with a fun and festive community Market Place and free BBQ lunch Thursday, August 31.  

Watch this space for a program of events.

Learn more about studying at NIC's Port Alberni campus. Questions? Contact Student Services at: 1-800-715-0914 or email questions@nic.bc.ca.

  • Remember to get your student ID picture taken at Student Services. 
  • Check your registration statement or log on to myNIC to confirm your program start date.

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Download the NISU App! 

Download the North Island Students’ Union’s app at: northisland.campusapp.com to stay connected with orientation event schedules, campus events, clubs and course unions, health and dental plan, local deals, and the campus feed.

September

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Comox Valley Orientation Day: Sept 5, 2017

Welcome back! Start the school year right with workshops, program introductions and more at the Comox Valley campus' 2017 Orientation Day for new and returning NIC students. 

Comox Valley Campus Orientation Day

The event runs from 9:30 am to 3 pm at the Comox Valley campus.
 
Meet NIC faculty, staff and fellow students, tour the campus, enjoy a free barbecue lunch and win prizes! This informative day includes music, fun activities and a marketplace to connect students to community and college services, as well as business who are hiring students.
 
You can also:
  • Purchase books and supplies at the campus bookstore   
  • Get your student ID picture taken at Student Services 
  • Pay any outstanding fees and meet prerequisites by 4 pm for the Fall Term
Regularly scheduled classes begin on Wednesday, Sept. 6; check your registration statement or log on to myNIC to confirm your program start date.
 
Learn more about studying at NIC's Comox Valley campus. Questions? Contact Student Services at 1-800-715-0914 or email questions@nic.bc.ca.
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Download the NISU App! 
 
Download the North Island Students’ Union’s app at: northisland.campusapp.com
to stay connected with orientation event schedules, campus events, clubs, the health and dental plan,
local deals and the campus feed.
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Campbell River Orientation Day: Sept 5, 2017

Welcome back! Start the school year right with workshops, program introductions and more at Campbell River's 2017 Orientation Day for new and returning NIC students. 

Campbell River Orientation Day

Orientation runs from 9 am to 3 pm at NIC's main Campbell River campus on Dogwood Street.
 
Meet NIC faculty, staff and fellow students, tour the campus, enjoy a free continental breakfast or barbecue lunch and win prizes!  This informative day includes music, fun activities and a marketplace to connect students to community and college services, as well as business who are hiring students.
 
You can also:
  • Purchase books and supplies at the campus bookstore   
  • Get your student ID picture taken at Student Services 
  • Pay any outstanding fees and meet prerequisites by 4 pm for the Fall Term
Regularly scheduled classes begin on Wednesday, Sept. 6; check your registration statement or log on to myNIC to confirm your program start date.
 
Learn more about studying at NIC's Campbell River campus. Questions? Contact Student Services at 1-800-715-0914 or email questions@nic.bc.ca.
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Download the NISU App! 
 
Download the North Island Students’ Union’s app at: northisland.campusapp.com
to stay connected with orientation event schedules, campus events, clubs, the health and dental plan,
local deals and the campus feed.
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Study Toward Your Activity Assistant Certificate This Fall

Are you a health care or community support grad? If so, you qualify for admission to NIC's specialized, part-time Activity Assistant Certificate program, starting this fall in the Comox Valley.

Date: September 6 - December 16, 2017
Time: Wed, 5 - 8 pm & Sat, 9 am - 4:30 pm
Cost: $2,540 approx plus texts

Learn to plan/lead recreational activities and rekindle meaning, purpose and emotional enjoyment in the lives of seniors with cognitive and physical impairments.

Increase your employment options in care facilities, assisted living settings, clients' homes, senior centres and residential group homes.

Study part-time while you work and finish in less than four months.

Learn more at www.nic.bc.ca/program/activity_assistant_certificate or call 250-334-5000 ext 4601


 

"NIC's program instructor Deb Provencher is well-known in the field of therapeutic recreation. She brings exceptional training, energy and insight. Graduates are ready to hit the ground running from day one on the job."
-Liz Frils, Director of Resident Lifestyle & Community Programs, Glacier View Lodge
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Awi'nakola*: Land-Based Learning at NIC's Mount Waddington Campus

Learn from the land, sea and sky as you study Kwak'wala, upgrade English and math in weekly sessions on the land followed by class time.

Dates: Sep 6 - Dec 15
Times: Mon - Wed, 10 am - 3:30 pm
Location: NIC's Mount Waddington campus

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Welcome Newcomers to the Comox Valley

Take part in a community-wide Comox Valley event on Sunday, September 10, 2 - 4 pm at the Native Sons Hall, 360 Cliffe Ave, in Courtenay, as we welcome all newcomers to the area.

From our new NIC International students to the families moving here with the help of the local Immigrant Welcome Centre and School District 71, we are inviting the whole valley (and beyond!) to this fun, family-focused meet and greet.

Among the festivities will be cultural dance demonstrations, traditional Canadian foods, fun games and prizes, photos with an RCMP officer and more as we celebrate the diverse spirit of the Comox Valley.

Sponsored by North Island College, SD 71 International Student Program and the Immigrant Welcome Centre of the Comox Valley.