Student Life Newsletter - November 14

Hello NIC students,

We are well into winter and starting to dress the part with boots, gloves and toques making their seasonal comeback. Stay warm at the upcoming movie night (and send us your movie suggestions!). If you are a fan of facial hair, Movember is the perfect opportunity to showcase a new look in support of men’s health.  It’s also Apprenticeship Recognition Month so read on for more details.


Tuesday, Nov. 1 to Wednesday, Nov. 30 – Movember & Apprenticeship Recognition Month
Tuesday, Nov. 15 – Port Alberni Winter Celebration- a FREE lunch hosted by NIC and NISU lunch, 11 am - 1 pm.
Tuesday, Nov. 16 – National Button Day
Tuesday, Nov. 16 and Wednesday, Nov. 17 – Finding, Evaluating & Citing Sources LLC event
Thursday, Nov. 24 – Pizza and Popcorn Movie Night on Comox Valley Campus at 6 pm


Check your Student Portal for Open Financial Awards

On your myNic student portal, click on the $$ Awards tab and find open calls for external financial awards. There are also external scholarships available to apply for.  Here is a link to our website.



This month we would like to invite you to grow your facial hair in support of men’s health. The mustache has become a symbol of support to raise awareness for testicular cancer, prostate cancer, men’s mental health and suicide. We’d love to see photos of your mustaches and beards so send us a pic so we can share on social media – even if it’s just your nose and chin!


November is Apprenticeship Recognition Month

Each November, the Province & Industry Training Authority (ITA) celebrate the contributions trades apprentices make to their communities, which is made possible by the amazing support of our NIC faculty. Throughout the month, you'll see stories and information featured on NIC's Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn feeds. Please comment, like and share in support of NIC apprenticeship students! Did you know that NIC offers all these Apprenticeship programs?

  • Automotive Refinishing Technician Apprenticeship Harmonized
  • Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship Harmonized
  • Cabinetmaker (Joiner) Apprenticeship
  • Carpentry Apprenticeship Harmonized
  • Construction Craft Worker Apprenticeship
  • Electrician Apprenticeship Harmonized
  • Heavy Duty Apprenticeship Training
  • Landscape Horticulture Apprenticeship Training
  • Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Harmonized
  • Plumber Apprenticeship Harmonized
  • Welder Apprenticeship Harmonized

Did you miss the Breaking the Closet event?

Here is the link for accessing chapters from the Breaking the Closet audiobook if you missed the in-person events and are interested in finding out more about this book of stories from members of the LGBTQ+ community. The audiobook can be accessed by members of the NIC community.


LLC Event: Finding, Evaluating and Citing Sources

Nov. 16 and 17 (multiple times available)

This session will cover topics such as how to find, evaluate, and incorporate sources both effectively and ethically. Bring your research questions and work-in-progress for personalized help! Register now and join virtually or face-to-face.

Pizza and Popcorn Movie Night on the Comox Valley Campus

Nov.24 at 6 pm

Come watch a movie in the Stan Hagen Theatre with the Office of Global Engagement. Which movie? Send us your suggestions! Email:


Instant noodles with extras!

Many of us enjoy a hot bowl of noodles and broth during these cold winter months, so this week we are featuring instant noodles with a twist.  There are many different flavours of packaged noodles you can choose so here are a couple of our favourites:

Chicken, beef or spicy shrimp ramen, spicy garlic vegetable or lemon grass chili rice noodles.  For extra nutrition, try adding frozen vegetables, a tablespoon of peanut butter or an egg. Enjoy!



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.

Support services include: emergency financial aid, Indigenous supports, counselling,  disability services and much more.


The Library & Learning Commons (LLC) is your perfect spot to borrow a laptop, print a document, or just say hi! Academic Supports at LLC include: Research Support, Writing Support, Math Support, Peer Tutoring and Student Technical Services.


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).

Please keep in touch by email or Student Life Facebook or Student Life Instagram page. We welcome your feedback!


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