NIC Orientation - Winter 2022

Welcome to NIC! We are committed to providing you with a quality orientation experience to prepare you for the start of your studies at NIC. Whether you are a new student directly out of high school, a mature student returning to school after an extended absence, or a current NIC student wanting to better prepare yourself for another term, you will be provided opportunities to prepare you for a successful term.

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.

Orientation Overview

NIC’s Orientation program, Let's ConNICt, has been designed to prepare all students for the start or continuation of your studies. Whether your program/courses are being offered in person, digitally, or a combination of both, NIC’s Let's ConNICt Orientation will prepare you for the start of the term.

Let’s ConNICt consists of live virtual sessions, pre-recorded videos, and when safety protocols permit, in-person activities.

  • Welcome!

     

  • NIC’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion

     

  • Welcome to NIC Live Virtual Sessions
    • Join us for a fun and engaging session to welcome you to the NIC community. At this session you will have an opportunity to meet other students, receive a brief recap on important information previously shared in our Let’s ConNICt Orientation, chance to win fabulous prizes, and more! This session will be held from 10 – 11 am PT on Thursday, January 6 and another on Wednesday, February 16th from 6:30 - 8:00pm PT. Email studentlife@nic.bc.ca to register.
  • Welcome to campus
  • Health & Safety

    The safety of students, employees and visitors is a priority at NIC. While it is exciting that many classes will resume on campus this fall, the anticipation of being around groups of people again may provide a level of anxiety for some. NIC is committed to following the Public Health Orders issued by the province of British Columbia, and measures will be in place to ensure everyone’s safety. Please visit our COVID-19 Safety webpage for more information. All NIC community members are expected to follow the safety protocols in place; failure to do so may be in violation of the Community Code of Academic, Personal and Professional Conduct (Code of Conduct).

  • Personal Supports

    NIC offers many personal supports to assist you with any number of struggles you may encounter. Visit Student Life and Support Services for a list of personal and academic supports.

     

  • Consent and Sexualized Violence Support

    North Island College (NIC) is committed to providing all members of the college community with a safe and secure environment free from all forms of sexualized violence. NIC will ensure that survivors and those impacted by sexualized violence are supported when addressing any Disclosures or Reports under the Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response policy.

     

    Examples of Everyday Consent

    • respecting boundaries of your friends, colleagues, classmates, and partners
    • respecting someone’s privacy and asking before sharing personal information
    • asking to take or share a photo of someone other than yourself
    • asking for clarification if you are unsure something should be done

    Consent in an Online World

    • all instructors must notify students that their lecture is being recorded before the beginning of class
    • respecting someone’s preferred means of communication is a form of consent. Example, emailing instead of instant messaging
    • sending unsolicited photos or videos without consent is a form of harassment
    • sharing received personal photos or videos without consent is a form of harassment
    • continuing to message someone when they are not returning your messages is a form of harassment

    Learn more about:

  • Indigenous Supports

    NIC offers a variety of supports to assist Indigenous students on their college journey, including Elders in Residence, Indigenous Navigators, and the Aboriginal Scholars program. Visit https://www.nic.bc.ca/indigenous-students/ for more information.

  • Healthy Relationships

    Establishing and maintaining healthy relationships is an important part of college life, as well as life in general. The following videos will provide some tips and strategies on how to look after your own needs, as well as how to maintain good relations with instructors and substances.

    • Yourself

       

    • Your Instructor

       

    • Drugs and alcohol

       

  • Supports for Success Live Virtual Session

    Join us for a live virtual session on Wednesday, Jan 5th from 10:00 – 11:00 am PT where you will learn about all the personal and academic supports available to you as an NIC student, including Counselling, Library & Learning Commons, Department of Accessible Learning Services, Financial Aid, Advising, and more! Can’t make this session? No worries, this session will be recorded and placed here afterwards! Email studentlife@nic.bc.ca to register.

  • Academic Integrity

    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.

     

  • Advising

    Educational advisors can help you create an educational plan based on your specific education and career goals. Advisors have information about educational requirements for different college programs, courses, certificates, diplomas, and degrees. They are here to help you investigate programs and courses, explore financial aid options, make a university transfer plan, fill out applications and more. Visit our Advising website for more information and to book an appointment.

  • Rights & Responsibilities

    NIC is committed to fostering a culture of integrity, mutual respect, and responsible behaviours. When you become part of the NIC community, you can expect a welcoming, safe, and inclusive environment. With that right – also come responsibilities – from being ready for learning to conducting yourself in a respectful and considerate manner. Visit our Rights and Responsibilities webpage for information on your rights and responsibilities, as well as information on NIC policies and procedures. It is also your responsibility to know the Key Dates of the Academic and Schedules and Deadlines.

  • 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.

     

  • Learn Anywhere

    Are all or some of your courses being offered digitally? If so, we encourage you to visit our Learn Anywhere website for a variety of resources to help you be successful in a digital learning environment.

  • Navigating NIC’s Digital Learning Platforms Live Virtual Session

    Join us for a live virtual session on Wed, Jan 5th from 1:00 – 2:00 pm PT where you will learn how to access and navigate various learning platforms, including myNIC, NIC email, Blackboard, and more! Please email studentlife@nic.bc.ca to register. Can’t make this session? No worries, this session will be recorded and placed here afterwards!

  • Supports for Success Live Virtual Session

    Join us for a live virtual session on Wednesday, Jan 5th from 10:00 – 11:00 am PT where you will learn about all the personal and academic supports available to you as an NIC student, including Counselling, Library & Learning Commons, Department of Accessible Learning Services, Financial Aid, Advising, and more! Can’t make this session? No worries, this session will be recorded and placed here afterwards! Email studentlife@nic.bc.ca to register.

  • Student Engagement Opportunities

    There are numerous opportunities for students to become involved at NIC. We encourage you to read the weekly Student Life Newsletter that is sent to your NIC email every Monday as it contains a wealth of information, including details on latest events and activities. We also encourage you to join the NIC Student Life Facebook group and follow the NIC Student Life Instagram account.

    We are planning some wonderful events and activities for the upcoming term, including:

    • Thrive Month (a month-long series of events and activities to promote positive mental health)
    • Brave Spaces (a series of panel discussions on important societal issues)
    • On-campus activities (movie nights, trivia, scavenger hunts, etc.)

    Visit the Student Life website for more details on how to become involved.

  • Student Leadership Team

    Build your leadership skills through a series of workshops, volunteer opportunities and social activities. Email studentlife@nic.bc.ca for more details.

  • North Island Students’ Union

    As a student at NIC, you are a member of the North Island Students’ Union (NISU) and entitled to all the benefits of that membership! The Students’ Union offers services to support members while advocating for high quality, affordable, and accessible post-secondary education. Your Students’ Union also facilitate campus life events, continually working to make your time at NIC as rewarding as possible. For additional information, including health & dental plan details, visit http://nisu.ca/.

  • Student Employment Services

    NIC students can access a wide range of employment services and opportunities, both during college and after graduation. Our student employment services staff can help you with all things career-related including resume writing and interview skills. We can connect you with businesses and organizations that are seeking new employees and share tips on how to secure your dream job. Visit https://www.nic.bc.ca/student-life-support-services/student-employment-services/ for more information.

  • Community Resources

    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:

     

  • Join our Live Virtual Peer Drop-in Sessions!
    • Want to learn tips and tricks from a fellow NIC student? Then join our Peer Drop-in Sessions where you will get to meet our student Campus Life Assistants. This is a great opportunity to meet other NIC students and to hear directly from NIC students on what to expect.
    • These sessions will be offered from 6:30 - 7:30pm PT: Dec 1, Dec 15, Dec 22, Jan 5, Jan 12, Jan 19, Jan 26. Email studentlife@nic.bc.ca to register.

 

Visit our Parents & Supporters webpage for information for parents and family members.

  • Dual Credit Orientation Overview

    All the information provided during NIC orientation sessions applies to Dual Credit students! We encourage you to explore as many orientation topics as possible in preparation for your term start. Read below to learn about how NIC supports Dual Credit students specifically.

  • How does NIC support Dual Credit Students?
    • Student Preparedness

      Welcome Package- A Dual Credit Student Welcome Package is mailed to the student’s household. We encourage students to review it with a parent/guardian/supporting adult. This package includes a welcome letter from student life, a check list of important action items and deadlines to prepare you for the start of term, and a list of virtual orientation events. The welcome package can also be viewed digitally here: www.nic.bc.ca/dual-credit

      Welcome Email- Before the start of term Dual Credit students will receive a welcome email from NIC that includes a reminder to complete items on the check list prior to the first day of class.

      Tours- Prior to the start of term, all Dual Credit students studying face to face on campus will have the opportunity to participate in a campus tour. If your school is not already taking part, connect with your high school careers counsellor or email futurestudents@nic.bc.ca to book a tour.

    • Student Support and Services

      Services Available at NIC- As part of the NIC campus community, Dual Credit students can access all the student supports and services available, such as counselling, peer tutoring, library and learning commons, learn anywhere, financial aid/advising, and more.

      Resources for NIC students can be found here: www.nic.bc.ca/audience/current-students/

      How to Access Services- Dual Credit students may initiate access to these resources themselves, they can request assistance from an NIC instructor, connect with a student life representative by emailing studentlife@nic.bc.ca, or reach out to their high school.

    • Student Progress

      At NIC student success is supported by instructors, department chairs and program coordinators, deans, student services, and college administration. Dual Credit students have the added benefit of continued support from their high school.

      The following communications structures have been implemented to support Dual Credit student progress:

      • Communication with Instructors/Department Chairs- We encourage frequent communication between students and their instructors. Please feel free to reach out to your instructor and introduce yourself, and if comfortable, identify yourself as a Dual Credit student.
      • Communication with High Schools– NIC liaises with school district careers coordinators and school careers counsellors to deliver dual credit. For schools that do not have these resources, NIC will communicate with a designated school admin. NIC provides mid-term progress reports upon request from the high school and liaises with district partners to support student success and experience.
      • Communication with Parents/Guardians/Supporting Adults- The student’s high school is responsible for communication with the student’s parent/guardian/supporting adult regarding their student account and academic progress. We encourage all students to connect with their high school with student specific questions or concerns about Dual Credit.
    • Additional Dual Credit Resources:

      Incoming/Current Student Resources- There is a dedicated section available on the Dual Credit webpage for Current/Incoming students that covers “Need to Knows” and “Frequently Asked Questions” specifically for Dual Credit students.

      Counsellor/Coordinator Resources- There is a dedicated section available on the Dual Credit webpage for high school/school district members supporting Dual Credit students. This section covers “Need to Knows”, “Frequently Asked Questions” and important forms and links.

      Find these resources here: www.nic.bc.ca/dual-credit

Live Virtual Sessions

Here is a list of all the live virtual sessions that are part of our Let’s ConNICt Orientation. Email studentlife@nic.bc.ca to register. Please make sure you indicate which sessions you would like to attend, and if you are registering for the program introduction session, please let us know your program.

Wed, Dec 8

6:30 – 7:30 pm PT

Virtual Peer Drop-In

Learn tips and tricks from fellow NIC students. Our student Campus Life Assistants will lead this session, which will be a great opportunity to meet other NIC students!

How To Get Involved

Wed, Dec 15

6:30 – 7:30 pm PT

Virtual Peer Drop-In

Learn tips and tricks from fellow NIC students. Our student Campus Life Assistants will lead this session, which will be a great opportunity to meet other NIC students!

How to Get Involved

Wed, Dec 22

6:30 – 7:30 pm PT

Virtual Peer Drop-In

Learn tips and tricks from fellow NIC students. Our student Campus Life Assistants will lead this session, which will be a great opportunity to meet other NIC students!

How to Get Involved

Wed, Jan 5

9:00 – 4:00 pm PT

New International Student Orientation

Join us for a full day online to learn everything you need to know as you begin your studies at NIC as an international student. To register: please watch your NIC student email for an invitation and link to join.

Welcome

Wed, Jan 5

10:00 – 11:00 am PT

Supports for Success

Learn about all the personal and academic supports available to you as an NIC student, including Counselling, Library & Learning Commons, Department of Accessible Learning Services, Financial Aid, Advising and more!

Getting Ready for Class / Health & Wellbeing

Wed, Jan 5

1:00 – 2:00 pm PT

Navigating NIC’s Digital Learning Platforms

Learn how to access and navigate various learning platforms including myNIC, NIC email, Blackboard and more!

Getting Ready for Class

Wed, Jan 5

6:30 – 7:30 pm PT

Virtual Peer Drop-In

Learn tips and tricks from fellow NIC students. Our student Campus Life Assistants will lead this session, which will be a great opportunity to meet other NIC students!

How to Get Involved

Thurs, Jan 6

10:00 – 11:00 am PT

Welcome to NIC

Join us for a fun and engaging session to welcome you to the NIC community. At this session you will have an opportunity to meet other students, receive a brief recap on important information previously shared in our Let’s ConNICt Orientation, chance to win fabulous prizes, and more!

Welcome

Thurs, Jan 6

10:00 – 4:00 pm PT

Welcome to the CV Campus (New International Students)

Welcome to NIC Comox Valley campus! All new international students will be invited to small group visits to the NIC Comox Valley campus. To register: please watch your NIC student email for an invitation to join. Space is limited and students will be assigned to pre-assigned groups/times.

Cancelled

Thurs, Jan 6

1:00 – 2:00 pm PT

North Island Students’ Union Info Session

Join NISU staff as they outline the supports and services provided to you as NIC students, including information on health & dental plans as well as ways to become involved.

How to Get Involved

Thurs, Jan 6

6:00 – 7:30 pm PT

Dual Credit & Youth Train Orientation Session

This session is specific Dual Credit & Youth Train students. We will be reviewing responsibilities, services, and important information for the term.

Dual Credit & Youth Train

Fri, Jan 7

10:00 – 4:00 pm PT

Welcome to the CR Campus (New International Students)

Welcome to NIC Campbell River campus! All new international students will be invited to small group visits to the NIC Comox Valley campus. To register: please watch your NIC student email for an invitation to join. Space is limited and students will be assigned to pre-assigned groups/times.

Cancelled

Wed, Jan 12

6:30 – 7:30 pm PT

Virtual Peer Drop-In

Learn tips and tricks from fellow NIC students. Our student Campus Life Assistants will lead this session, which will be a great opportunity to meet other NIC students!

How to Get Involved

Wed, Jan 19

6:30 – 7:30 pm PT

Virtual Peer Drop-In

Learn tips and tricks from fellow NIC students. Our student Campus Life Assistants will lead this session, which will be a great opportunity to meet other NIC students!

How to Get Involved

Mon, Jan 24

10:00 – 4:00 pm PT

Welcome to the ECCE Diploma International Cohort Program

Port Alberni and Campbell River ECCE Cohort orientation and welcome. To register: please watch your NIC student email for an invitation to join.

Welcome

Wed, Jan 26

6:30 – 7:30 pm PT

Virtual Peer Drop-In

Learn tips and tricks from fellow NIC students. Our student Campus Life Assistants will lead this session, which will be a great opportunity to meet other NIC students!

How to Get Involved

Wed, Jan 26

6:30 – 7:30 pm PT

Trades Orientation Info Session

Join NIC staff and Apprenticeship Advisor from the Industry Training Authority to learn tips and important information specific to trades students.

Getting Ready For Class

Wed, Feb 16

6:30 – 8:00 pm PT

Welcome to NIC & the North Island Students’ Union

Join us for a fun and engaging session to welcome you to the NIC community and the North Island Students’ Union. At this session you will have an opportunity to meet other students, receive a brief recap on important information previously shared in our Let’s ConNICt Orientation, learn about NISU and health & dental plans, have a chance to win fabulous prizes, and more!

Welcome / How to Get Involved

Stay Connected

Each Monday, students will review the Student Life newsletter which outlines important upcoming dates, events and opportunities for students! Check your NIC email.

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:

Have questions? Email us at studentlife@nic.bc.ca