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March

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NIC's Roger Street Bistro in Port Alberni is Open to the Public

Enjoy a selection of freshly made comfort foods from NIC's Professional Cook Level 1 students at the Roger Street Bistro located on the Port Alberni campus.

We also would like to encourage you to visit the NIC Roger Street Bistro Facebook page and leave us a review or post a photo of your meal with #NICRogerStreetBistro so we can spread the word!

Come down for breakfast or lunch and enjoy a serene, modern and friendly setting. Bring friends and taste the culinary offerings of our hardworking cook students!

Bistro Hours: Monday to Thursday

  • Open for Lunch: 11:45 am - 1:15 pm, until July 27, 2017 

*please note the bistro is closed on all statutory holidays.

Bistro Location & Contact

Culinary Arts Building on the NIC Port Alberni campus, 3699 Roger St. No reservations necessary, just drop in! Do you want an order to go? Contact the bistro at: 250-724-8740.

 

April

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Study Applied Business Technology

Attention continuing & invited Applied Business Technology (ABT) students: 

Appointments for ABT course planning for the upcoming academic year 2017/2018 will begin on April 19. Please book your educational advising appointment through Student Services at 1-800-715-0914

Launch Your Office Career at NIC

Gain a wide range of business skills valued by employers with NIC's Office Assistant Certificate, then continue your education by specializing in administration, computing accounting and office management. 

Balance work, family and study with our online courses available 24 hours a day. Participate in interactive classes, while you gain technical leadership skills. NIC's dedicated faculty provide support and help when you need it. 

Seats fill quickly, so be sure to book your appointment with an educational advisor right away.

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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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Aboriginal Student Lounge Drop-In Hours, Comox Valley

Join us for coffee, tea and snacks, connect with our Elders in Residence and Aboriginal Education Advisor. Open to all Aboriginal students as well as students interested in Aboriginal culture. 

This is a safe and respectful environment where everyone is welcome. 

When: Thursdays, starting March 2, 2017
Time: 11:30am - 1pm
Location: Room 203 Discovery Hall, Comox Valley campus

For more information, contact Andrea Kerr at andrea.kerr@nic.bc.ca or phone 250-334-5029.

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Webinar: Need Money?

Connect remotely to learn important tips about being a successful NIC student from our educational advisors.

  • Did you know that the only way to access many government grants is through a student loan application?  Learn what grants you may qualify for.
  • How accurate do I need to be on my application?  What happens if I don’t know how much I’m earning at my summer job?  Learn the rules & responsibilities that go with a student loan.
  • What does repayment of a student loan look like?  What are my repayment options?  Review what happens when you finish school.
  • Is my application complete? How can I know my loan options quickly?  Learn how to efficiently and accurately complete loan application without errors

Applying for a Student Loan?

 Learn about the rules, how to apply and your responsibilities at an upcoming webinar:

  • June 14, 5 pm
  • July 5, 3 pm

For registration or information contact: webinars@nic.bc.ca.

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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.

 

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Metal Jewellery Design: Tuition Credit Contest

Register before June 12, 2017 for your chance to win $250 NIC tuition credits!*

With Metal Jewellery Design at NIC, you'll be able to explore professional metal techniques, gemmology and more as you prepare to work in the jewellery industry. Learn to conceptualize and create jewellery for artistic expression or as a source of income, and gain business skills to present and promote your designs.

* Participans must register in the Metal Jewellery program by June 12, 2017 at 4pm to be eligible to win. No purchase necessary. The odds of winning are one in 20. Winners will be required to answer a skill testing question.

Contact Julia Peters for more information and with any questions at julia.peters@nic.bc.ca 250-923-9724.

May

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Gain in-demand skills employers are looking for.

Starting this spring, university students can combine their theoretical knowledge with relevant business skills by enrolling in condensed six week courses transferable to universities across BC.

Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management (BUS-152) 

This course provides students with a broad range of basic business skills. Topics include business plan development, legal issues of business start-up and management, financing, marketing, and basic record keeping for a small business venture.

  • Date: May 2 to June 15, 2017
  • Time: Tue & Thu, 1-4 pm
  • Location: Comox Valley campus
  • Register online

Effective Organizational Writing (ENG-160) 

English 160 is an applied writing course which recognizes the increasing importance of effective writing, speaking, reading and listening in the workplace. This course focuses on the study and application of the theories and principles of effective business communication.

  • Date: May 1 to June 14, 2017
  • Time: Mon & Wed, 1-4 pm or Tue & Thu, 9 am - 12 pm
  • Location: Comox Valley campus
  • Register online

Introduction to Social Media (IMG-220)

The adoption of social media by both individuals and organizations has triggered a shift in marketing practices globally. This introductory course will present current channels, tools and technologies that are used in social media. It will look at marketing, monetization, strategies, monitoring, metrics and governance. This course aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to effectively explore the opportunities and challenges associated with the use of social media channels and platforms - including those associated with enriched business communication, marketing strategies, and enhanced brand experience.

  • Date: May 1 to June 14, 2017
  • Time: Mon & Wed, 1-5 pm
  • Location: Comox Valley campus
  • Register online

Questions? Visit NIC's University Transfer to learn more or call 1-800-715-0914 for further information.

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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.

 

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Free* Building Service Worker Training in Campbell River

Prepare to work with commercial cleaning companies, maintain camp bunkhouses or start your own business. Gain essential workplace skills and certifications, prepare your resume and connect with employers during workplace practicums.

New Start Date: May 23  to June 16, 2017
Time: 8:30 to 4:30 pm
Location: NIC's Campbell River campus

Apply today. Call Wendy 250-923-9728 or email wendy.samaroden@nic.bc.ca

*Funding criteria must be met to participate

 

 

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NIC is Celebrating Bike (Walk, Run, Carpool or Bus) to Work Week

Bike to Work Week (BTWW) is taking place May 29 to June 4. Join in on each day of the week, with the way that is most comfortable for you, or do what you can manage and/or what your schedule permits.

Register With Your Campus Team to Win Prizes.

Anyone who wishes to participate can register at www.biketowork.ca. Login with your existing password or create an account if this is your first time participating. After you register, click “I am a rider,” and “join an existing team,” then search for the NIC teams per campus (All bikers, walkers, carpoolers, bus riders, etc. are welcome to join):

Prizes will be awarded in raffle of team members within each campus team!

  • Campbell River Team Name: NICcycles
  • Comox Valley Team Name: North Island College (Comox Valley)
  • Port Alberni Team Name: NIC Port Alberni
  • Port Hardy Team Name: NIC Port Hardy 

Join us on social media.

Share your favourite Bike to Work Week photos with us on social media. Use the #BikeToWorkWeek, #BTWWBC and #IamNIC hashtags so that we can repost those who are taking up the cause. You can also tag @BiketoWorkBC in your post, local bike shops or other locations that might have helped you prepare (just type the @ sign first, followed by the company name to tag).

Contact NIC's BTWW Team Leader at Sharon.VanHeyningen@nic.bc.ca or visit Bike to Work Week to learn more.

June

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Learn the Skills to be a Traffic Control Person

Traffic control people are responsible for construction traffic safety and make the greatest number of public contacts of all construction maintenance personnel. Learn about the Industrial Health and Safety Regulations. 
A photo ID certification, valid for three years, is issued by the BC Safety Network after successful completion of the course.
 
Course Code: MVF-011
Cost: $465.00
Dates: June 3 & 4, 9 am - 5 pm
Location: Comox Valley Campus
 
Please note: Bring picture ID as well as a current passport-sized photo to the first class. The photo will be used on your certificate. You must have steel-toed work boots for the practical part of the course
 
Register in person or online. For more information, call 250-334-5005
 
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Join us at NIC's Living Library during the 6th annual Elevate Arts Festival

Help us break down barriers and promote diversity awareness by signing up for a 15-minute conversation with a living book. Books are community volunteers from diverse backgrounds, willing to share their perspective with you.

Book titles include:

  • Girl on the Outside- Growing up Adopted
  • Residential School Survivor
  • Non-Binary Houseless Rock Star
  • and more.

When: Saturday, June 3. 2017
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Location: Vancouver Island Regional Library, Downtown Courtenay Branch

Open to everyone. Admission is free. Drop-ins available.

For more information visit www.nic.bc.ca/livinglibrary or email cathy.mutis@nic.bc.ca

 

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Join us for NIC's Port Alberni Graduation Ceremony 

The Graduation Ceremony is the highlight of the college year and we look forward to honouring your success and achievements.

Date: June 16, 2017
Time: 1 pm
Ceremony Location: Alberni Athletic Hall
Reception: Gathering Place, NIC's Port Alberni campus

Congratulations on your graduation. We are excited to celebrate this achievement with you. Please share your photos and stories with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtags #IamNIC and #NICGrad2017.

All guests are welcome to celebrate your important day with you. Guest seating is not reserved, there is no limit to the number of guests you can bring, and no invitations are required at the door. Remember to join us after the ceremonies for a reception.

Graduates will be ushered into the ceremonies to reserved seats. Please arrive at least one hour before the ceremonies to coordinate gowns and photos at the meeting places below.

Regalia must be returned after the ceremonies. Students will be responsible for any charges incurred due to damage or their late return. 

For more information about graduation, contact Nancy Twynam at 250-724-8704 or nancy.twynham@nic.bc.ca

 

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Join us for NIC's Campbell River Graduation Ceremony 

The Graduation Ceremony is the highlight of the college year and we look forward to honouring your success and achievements.

Date: June 20, 2017
Time: 2 pm
Location: NIC's Campbell River campus

Congratulations on your graduation. We are excited to celebrate this achievement with you. Please share your photos and stories with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtags #IamNIC and #NICGrad2017.

All guests are welcome to celebrate your important day with you. Guest seating is not reserved, there is no limit to the number of guests you can bring, and no invitations are required at the door. Remember to join us after the ceremonies for a reception.

Graduates will be ushered into the ceremonies to reserved seats. Please arrive at least one hour before the ceremonies to coordinate gowns and photos at the meeting places below.

Regalia must be returned after the ceremonies. Students will be responsible for any charges incurred due to damage or their late return.

For more information about graduation, contact Sarah Deagle at 250-923-9709 or sarah.deagle@nic.bc.ca

 

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Join us for NIC's Comox Valley Graduation Ceremony 

The Graduation Ceremony is the highlight of the college year and we look forward to honouring your success and achievements.

Date: June 22, 2017
Time: 1 pm
Ceremony Location: Comox Valley Sports Centre
Reception: NIC's Comox Valley campus

Congratulations on your graduation. We are excited to celebrate this achievement with you. Please share your photos and stories with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtags #IamNIC and #NICGrad2017.

All guests are welcome to celebrate your important day with you. Guest seating is not reserved, there is no limit to the number of guests you can bring, and no invitations are required at the door. Remember to join us after the ceremonies for a reception.

Graduates will be ushered into the ceremonies to reserved seats. Please arrive at least one hour before the ceremonies to coordinate gowns and photos at the meeting places below.

Regalia must be returned after the ceremonies. Students will be responsible for any charges incurred due to damage or their late return.

For more information about graduation, contact Darin Belham at 250-334-5038 or darin.belham@nic.bc.ca

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Write Here Reader Series Reading & Open Mic

Join NIC's English department on the fourth Thursday of each month for a series of open mic events featuring readings talented local writers. Come early and sign up for an open mic reading.

When: Thursday, June 22, 7 pm
Where: Tyee Lounge, NIC's Comox Valley Campus

June 2017 Featured Readers: Natalie Nickerson (Comox Valley Poet Laureate) and Janet Bartier.

 

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Join us for NIC's Mt Waddington Celebration of Completion 

Date: June 26, 2017
Time: 15 pm
Location: NIC's Mt Waddington campus

Congratulations on your program completion. We are excited to celebrate this achievement with you. Please share your photos and stories with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtags #IamNIC and #NICGrad2017.

All guests are welcome to celebrate your important day with you. Guest seating is not reserved, there is no limit to the number of guests you can bring, and no invitations are required at the door. Remember to join us after the ceremonies for a reception.

For more information about this event, contact Sarah Deagle at 250-923-9709 or sarah.deagle@nic.bc.ca

September

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Welcome Newcomers to the Comox Valley

Take part in a community-wide Comox Valley event on Sunday, September 10, 2 - 4pm 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 Kumagwe dancers, traditional Canadian foods, fun games and prizes, photo ops 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.