NIC Virtual Orientation 2020/21

Welcome to our virtual orientation for new and returning North Island College (NIC) students. While the upcoming year is going to look different than usual, we are committed to providing you with a quality orientation experience to prepare you for the start of your NIC journey and to welcome you to the NIC community.

To begin our welcome, we are honoured to acknowledge the traditional territories of the combined 35 First Nations of the Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish traditions on whose traditional and unceded territories the North Island College campuses are situated.

For our virtual orientation, we are offering a combination of pre-recorded and live sessions. You’ll also have the chance to win a Chromebook – see below for details.

Pre-recorded sessions

The pre-recorded sessions are designed for you to participate and learn anywhere: at your own pace and in the comfort of your home. These sessions include a short video or presentation to help you discover all the people and resources to support your success here at NIC. Each session has been created by a member of the North Island College community and, although we may not win any Oscars, we are confident that you will find the content interesting and informative.

Orientation Introduction

A brief introduction to our Virtual Orientation by Manager of Student Life, Dean Martin

Welcome to NIC

A welcome message by NIC President John Bowman

Indigenous Welcome

A welcome from NIC’s Director of Aboriginal Education, including territorial acknowledgements for all First Nations territories upon which NIC campuses reside.

View tours of each of NIC’s campuses. All NIC services and supports continue to be available for the 2020/21 academic year, although some are under alternate delivery. See Student Services for more details.

Enrollment Services

This session, led by the Assistant Registrars, will cover important topics, including Student Portal, key dates, tuition and fee payment deadlines, waitlist process, last day for refund and last day to withdraw without academic penalty and exam period.

COVID-19: Health and Safety for Students on-campus

Update COVID-19: Health and Safety for Students on-Campus paragraph to: Health and safety are always a priority at NIC. This presentation highlights some of the protocols in place for ensuring the ongoing safety of our students and employees during this time of COVID-19. You can also view this presentation as a downloadable pdf.

Academic Integrity Module (AIM)

Academic integrity means behaving with honesty and truthfulness in all work presented towards an academic credential or other academic-related activities. In this session, we will outline common misunderstandings and useful strategies to avoid academic misconduct.

Community Resources for Students

In addition to NIC’s student services, our communities across the north island are home to some amazing organizations, businesses, and resource centers that provide additional services to support student success. Check out what services are available in the resource sheets below.

Welcome to NIC Student Services

Meet Kathleen Kuhnert NIC’s Associate Vice President Student Services and Registrar who will introduce an overview of the many student supports (both academic and personal) that we have on offer at NIC

Educational, Aboriginal and Financial Aid Advising

Advising can be invaluable part of your time at NIC, whether you are just at the front end of making a decision about your program or preparing to graduate. Learn what services are available digitally or over the phone.

Aboriginal Scholars

This Video highlights NIC’s Aboriginal Scholars program. Being a student at North Island College is not just about academics, but also about addressing physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Hear from Chris Scarlatti and David Dawson how the program enhanced their experience at NIC.

Academic Supports and using the Library & Learning Commons

Discover how to access the academic services and resources available at the Library & Learning Commons including research help, writing support, math support and peer tutoring.

NIC Student Technical Services

Technical Services are available for all NIC students. This session will show you how to contact us for support on all things technology-based. For more information and to book a one-on-one appointment or join a drop in session, please visit https://library.nic.bc.ca/studenttech

Learning Digitally: Student Orientation to NIC Learning Technologies

Led by NIC’s Student Technical Services team, this recorded session will provide students with an overview of the learning platforms and tools you’ll need for your digital classes, along with some tips for learning digitally at NIC. If you prefer to attend this session live, please go to the ‘List of Live Sessions’ and see August 11 and 17 for more details.

Watch the video.

Accessible Learning Services at NIC

Learn about the supports and services available for students with diverse needs.

Counselling Services at NIC

As a student, challenges may arise that relate to college life or are from outside the college environment. To support you in your life and educational goals, our counsellors offer short-term counselling and coaching for personal challenges and unexpected circumstances, learning strategies and study skills, stress management, and conflict resolution.

Supporting Students in Distress and/or Crisis

Student life is not without challenges. Join Felicity Blaiklock, Director Student Affairs, Dean Martin, Manager Student Life, Carissa Wilson, NISU Organiser and Disha Salhan, Student Life Outreach and Liaison to hear about the services available for when you are facing challenges and need some extra support.

Student Employment Services

Our services are available to prospective, current, and graduated NIC students for all things employment-related. Whether you want to explore careers, need help with your resume, get nervous for interviews, or anything else, SES is here to assist you on your professional journey. Get in touch today!

Everyone has the right to enjoy a welcoming and respectful learning environment -- online or offline. At NIC, we have a number of policies and procedures which support and outline the rights and responsibilities of our NIC campus community. These are important for you to understand in your relationship to the College.

Part 1: Community Code of Academic, Personal and Professional Conduct

Part 2: Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response

Part 3: Student Complaint Resolution and Appeals

Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response

We all agree that student life should never include any type of sexualized violence or misconduct. However, we know that this isn’t always the reality. In this session, we will be giving you a brief overview of NIC’s Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response policy which includes options for disclosure and supports for survivors and those impacted by sexualized violence. We also include some short videos which define sexualized violence and explain consent.

Taking Care of Yourself

Tips to ensure you are taking care of yourself during your time at NIC.

You and Your Instructor

Tips for maintaining a positive relationship with your instructors

Healthy Relationships with Drugs and Alcohol

Tips to remain safe and healthy for those who choose to consume, as well as how to obtain assistance if you are struggling with drug or alcohol abuse.

Watch the video on Bluejeans

Check out these important steps to make sure you’re ready for the start of term.

For information specific to your program, please visit your Program's webpage.

Watch the following presentation and send an email to competitions@nic.bc.ca with your answers to the questions for a chance to win a Chromebook. For an additional chance to win a Chromebook make sure you attend one of our Welcome to NIC live events on September 8.

Clue: you will find the answers in the pre-recorded orientation sessions listed on this page.

Click here for contest rules.

Live Sessions

Live sessions are being offered throughout August and early September. Each session is 1-2 hours long and covers a different topic, so you are welcome to attend them all, or select sessions that interest you. The live sessions will give you a chance to hear from student services’ representatives and to ask any questions that you might have. Don’t worry if you miss a session as many will be recorded and available to watch at a later date.

To attend a live session, please email studentlife@nic.bc.ca for the online meeting link; make sure you indicate which sessions you would like to attend and more details.

We are also offering drop-in advising for students who may have questions about programs, courses or financial aid. The drop-in sessions are Thursdays from 1-3pm throughout the month of August. Email questions@nic.bc.ca for the online meeting link and directions on how to join. You can also book a one-on-one appointment online.

For our new international students, please see the New International Student Orientation page for specific content for you.

 

Please note, all live session start times are in NIC’s local time zone: Pacific Daylight Time.

Virtual Aboriginal Student Lounge

Drop-in Tuesdays from 1-3pm

Virtual Aboriginal Student Lounge

Email indigenousadvising@nic.bc.ca for the online meeting link and directions on how to join.

11-Aug

1pm-2:30pm

Learning Digitally: Student Orientation to NIC's Learning Technologies

An overview of the learning platforms and tools needed for digital classes, along with some tips for learning digitally at NIC (This session is repeated on 17 August). Email studentlife@nic.bc.ca for a link to join this session.

14-Aug

12pm-1pm

Checklist to Success

A review of important steps to prepare you for the start of the semester. Email studentlife@nic.bc.ca for a link to join this session.

17-Aug

2pm-3:30pm

Learning Digitally: Student Orientation to NIC's Learning Technologies

An overview of the learning platforms and tools needed for digital classes, along with some tips for learning digitally at NIC. Email studentlife@nic.bc.ca for a link to join this session.

20-Aug

6pm-7pm

Parents and Supporters

This session will provide information for parents and supporters to assist students in making important academic and life choices. Parents of international students are welcome to join. Email studentlife@nic.bc.ca for a link to join this session.

A session specific to parents and supporters of international students will be hosted during the new international student orientation week beginning August 31st. Please contact globalengagement@nic.bc.ca for more details.

More information for parents and supporters can be found here. Email studentlife@nic.bc.ca for a link to join this session.

21-Aug

12pm-1pm

Student Life and Employment Opportunities

How to get the most out of you College experience during these unusual times, and steps in searching for employment. Email studentlife@nic.bc.ca for a link to join this session.

28-Aug

10am-11am

Survive and Thrive at NIC: Supports and Services

An overview of the many academic and non-academic/personal supports available to NIC students. This session will include information on financial aid. Email studentlife@nic.bc.ca for a link to join this session.

8-Sep

10:30am - 12pm

Welcome to NIC!

In this session, we offer a warm NIC welcome to all new students, in addition to a brief review of important orientation information, and a chance to win prizes!

Please note that you do not have to register for the Welcome to NIC live event. You will receive an email closer to the date with the link for both sessions; you just choose which one to attend and click the link that will be provided!

8-Sep

1pm - 2:30pm

Welcome to NIC!

In this session, we offer a warm NIC welcome to all new students, in addition to a brief review of important orientation information, and a chance to win prizes!

Please note that you do not have to register for the Welcome to NIC live event. You will receive an email closer to the date with the link for both sessions; you just choose which one to attend and click the link that will be provided!

Win a Chromebook

For the chance to win a Chromebook, first watch the Win a Chromebook Competition presentation. Then, send your answers to the questions in an email to competitions@nic.bc.ca before 3 PM (PDT) on September 8, 2020.

For an additional chance to win a Chromebook make sure you attend one of our Welcome to NIC live events on September 8.

Clue: you will find the answers by watching the pre-recorded sessions listed on this page.

Click here for contest rules and regulations.

If you have any questions about the orientation or about your NIC experience, please contact studentlife@nic.bc.ca.

Stay connected

Join our NIC social media to keep up to date with the latest news and events, connect with your fellow students and all members of the NIC community:

Also, check out the NIC Student Life Facebook group and North Island College Global.