Each year, NIC celebrates the start of the new academic year with Orientation Day celebrations. Orientation is an important way to provide all the information and resources students will need to be successful in their studies, and also to encourage connection between students.
This year all those resources are being presented virtually and include a full suite of online videos, webinars, tours and other resources.
“We really wanted to retain that human connection and engagement that is such a big part of NIC’s philosophy,” said Felicity Blaiklock, director of student affairs. “We want to ensure students feel connected and know what services and supports are available to them while they’re at NIC.”
The orientation resources includes a welcome from President John Bowman, tips for learning in the digital environment, details about NIC supports and services and key information students need to know. There are also specific resources available for new and returning international students.
“Our student technical services team, Library & Learning Commons, Accessible Learning Services and our advising team are all here to make sure students are successful,” said Blaiklock. “We also have several new supports including more technical tips and, of course, health and safety information.”
The orientation resources also include information on counselling services, mental health and well-being, student rights & responsibilities and supports for students in distress.
Along with the pre-recorded sessions that are live as of today, webinars and other supports are planned throughout the month of August, with special ‘Welcome to NIC’ sessions on September 8, the day before classes start. New international students are also encouraged to participate in their online orientation week activities on August 31 to September 4. Details will be sent via email in mid-August.
The early launch of the Virtual Orientation also gives prospective students the chance to familiarize themselves with all the College has to offer in a way they’ve never been able to before.
“We know a lot of people who are thinking about post-secondary may still be undecided, but with all the available grants and supports this year, there’s never been a better time to go to school,” said Blaiklock. “The virtual orientation lets our prospective students get a glimpse of what it’s like to be a student on their first day.”
Students also have a chance to win a Google Chromebook by taking part in the orientation sessions.
There is still time to apply for the fall start for many programs, visit https://www.nic.bc.ca/programs/ to see the full list of offerings this fall.
Full details of NIC’s Virtual Orientation can be found at www.nic.bc.ca/orientation.