Student Newsletter - January 16

Hello NIC students,

How is it possible that we are half-way through January already? We enjoyed meeting many of you at Orientation and look forward to connecting with you again throughout the term. Some of you are adapting to a lot of new things such as housing, the wet Winter climate and finding that balance between study and leisure. Student Life are here to help you get connected, get supported and get involved at NIC.


Wednesday, Jan. 18 - Last day to register, apply for refund, change from credit to audit
Wednesday, Jan. 18 - BC Centre for Women in the Trades North Island Social Night
Friday, Jan. 20 – Snowshoe Fridays from Dec 16 – Mar 3 with the Foundry
Wednesday, Jan. 25 – Bell Let’s Talk events: 7:30-8:30 am, CV Trades Building; 11:30 am -12:30 pm, CV Tyee Hall, Student Lounge; 11:30 am - 1 pm, CR Cafeteria


Every year, we see several phishing attempts at North Island College. The Information Technology Team would like to remind all students that security is everyone’s responsibility. The following tips and best practices represent a few simple steps you can take to protect your own and others’ data.  

•    Protect your password- Always use a strong password or passphrase and use unique passwords for everything
•    Use Multifactor authentication (MFA)
•    Never interact with suspicious emails or texts

If in doubt, ask our Tech geniuses here. 



Did you miss out on the in-person or virtual Orientation events? Not to worry, we have you covered! Watch videos about the supports and resources available to you at NIC, how to navigate NIC’s digital learning platforms, and what the North Island Students’ Union does for you.  You can also check out our “Meet Your Supporters” videos and find links to important information for NIC Students. Check out Orientation-on-Demand.

BC Centre for Women in the Trades North Island Social Night 

Open to all who identify as female or women and are interested in the Trades. January 18th 5:30 - 7: 00 pm, New Traditions Brewing, Comox Center Mall, 215 Port Augusta St Unit 11 Comox. RSVP to Connect: Facebook. 

Winter Clothing Drive 

Free winter clothing is still available to students in need until the end of January. Bins of winter clothing have been generously donated by NIC employees and is available at the Campbell River Commons and Comox Valley Student Lounge.  Please help yourself if you need warm winter clothing.

Career Services & Work Integrated Learning

Need a career boost? Want some help connecting with opportunities? Tell us more about when and how we can help you find meaningful work related to your studies this winter semester! Please take one minute to complete this survey indicating when the best days and times are to host career-related opportunities such as student-industry networking events or 11:11 employer information sessions. Let us help you find meaningful work this year! 

Meeting with Advisors

During the Winter term add/drop period (Jan. 3-18), advisors will be available on a drop-in basis only. To access phone and/or email drop-in please:
•    Call 1-800-715-0914 
•    Email; please include your full name, student number and phone number in your email
•    Stop by the student services desk at your local campus to request a drop-in meeting

Students with non-urgent questions, please book an appointment here after January 18.


Snowshoe Fridays

Every Friday until March 3, this Foundry program offers young people (aged 12 – 24) one FREE, guided snowshoe tour up Mt. Washington through the snow-covered trails of Strathcona Park. 

Registration includes:

•    Transportation to/from Mount Washington
•    Snowshoe rental and trail pass

What to expect:

•    Free of charge
•    Friday from 10 am - 1 pm
•    Small groups of 1-4 participants
•    A safe and supportive environment

Please e-mail Rachel Ducommun to register.


Bean & Cheese Nachos


1 Tbsp of olive oil
1 chopped onion
2 diced tomatoes or 1 small can of diced tomatoes
1 x 15 oz. can of black beans
1 Tbsp of taco seasoning
1 x 8 oz. bag of corn tortilla chips
1 cup of cheddar cheese
1/3 cup of picked red onions (optional)
Sour cream, salsa and mashed avocado for dipping (optional)


In a large pan, fry the oil and onion until tender. Add the tomatoes, black beans and seasoning and stir until combined. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper (it makes clean-up easier 😉) and make a layer of chips. Cover with a layer of the bean mixture and cheese. Then make a second layer of chips and cover with the bean mix and cheese again. Place in the oven at 350 F and bake for 6 minutes until the cheese is melted.  Serve with pickled onions and sour cream. Use mashed avocado, and salsa for dipping if you like.


Contact NIC’s Early Assist for personal or academic campus and community supports. For emergencies call 911 or the Vancouver Island Crisis Line at 1-888-494-3888. You can also visit Here2Talk.

NIC Support services include: emergency financial aid, Indigenous supports, counselling, accessible learning services and much more.

Library & Learning Commons (

Come down to the LLC to find your perfect spot, borrow a laptop, print, or just say hi!
Academic Supports at LLC:

•    Research Support: Learn to build effective search strategies, choose and evaluate resources, cite and avoid plagiarism.
•    Writing Support: Work one-on-one with NIC faculty to develop your writing skills and receive feedback on your writing assignments.
•    Math Support: Spend time working on all levels of math problems with support from NIC math faculty.
•    Peer Tutoring: Discover new approaches to studying and learning from highly trained NIC peer tutors.
•    Student Technical Services: Helping students understand and utilize technologies to support their studies.


Has an NIC instructor or staff member made a difference in your life as a student? If you’d like to recognize someone’s expertise, support, or kindness that contributed to your success, please fill out our recognition form.  We will send the nominee an anonymous thank you on your behalf including your comment(s).


Book an appointment here to chat to a member of the Student Life team here. Please keep in touch by email or through our Student Life Facebook or Instagram pages. We welcome your feedback!


Lela Kulesh, Rachel Birch, Mez Jiwaji - your Student Life team