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September

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Global Leaders of Tomorrow Connects Students with Mentors

NIC's Global Leaders of Tomorrow program is a great opportunity for students to receive mentorship, increase knowledge and learn networking skills.

Student mentees connect with mentors in the business community, build networking skills and gain valuable business contacts. Please read through the program guidelines and then click here to apply to be a mentee.

Mentors share their knowledge and experience with a new generation of business leaders while tapping in to the students’ theoretical knowledge of current business trends. Please read through the program guidelines and click here to apply to be a mentor.


 

November

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NIC Tourism and Hospitality Certificate Now Available in Port Hardy

Two-year, part-time program starts January 29 at NIC’s new Thunderbird Mall campus.

Gain the skills to compete in BC’s growing tourism and hospitality industry without leaving Port Hardy.

Explore West Coast tourism on class field trips to some of BC’s top resorts, while learning from experts in the field. In just one application, you can be on your way to an exciting career that will allow you to work locally and across BC.

There are 16 seats available. Visit the program page for more program information, including costs, prerequisites and more..

Aboriginal students may be eligible to have tuition and student fees covered for Winter 2018.

How to apply:

Students can apply in person at the current Mount Waddington campus location at 9300 Trustee Road until Dec. 14. The new Thunderbird Mall campus will be open and accepting applications from Jan. 2 onwards.

For more information, contact Christy Whitmore at christy.whitmore@nic.bc.ca or at 250-949-7912 ext. 2863.

December

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Pre-Paid Parking Refund Deadline Extended

Submit your request by January 31, 2018.

If you purchased a parking pass that expired after October 1, 2017, visit www.nic.bc.ca/parking for more information or getting your parking refund.



2018

January

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Co-operative Education Pre-Employment Seminar

Brush up your business acumen and be more employable with NIC’s Co-operative Education Pre-Employment Seminar (EMP-100).

This interactive seminar will guide students as they transfer their skills and knowledge from an academic setting to a busy work environment.

Whether you’re entering co-op or just wanting to prepare for your first job, you’ll leave with a better handle on resume/cover letter writing, job searching, interviewing, networking, core workplace skills and more.

This course is delivered in four in-classroom sessions, along with online assignments and activities.

In-person sessions are scheduled Fridays from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on January 12, 19, 26 and February 2.

Register online now with myNIC or call 1-800-715-0914.

 

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NIC Offers Fully-Funded Building Service Worker Training in Port Alberni*

Prepare to work with commercial cleaning companies, maintain camp bunkhouses or start your own business. Gain essential workplace skills and certifications, prepare your résumé and connect with employers during workplace practicums.

*Funding criterial must be met to participate

Date: January 15 to February 9
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: NIC Port Alberni Campus

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Enhanced Security Guard

This program provides the knowledge and practical skills required for entry into the field, including mandatory training required for provincial licensing. 

Funding for this program is provided by the Government of Canada-British Columbia Job Fund. Tuition & textbooks are provided at no cost to eligible participants.

Program Dates: Winter 2018:  February 19 – March 16, 2018  Monday through Friday, 9 - 5 pm
Location:  North Island College, Comox Valley (classes may be held at various locations, bus or alternate transportation is required).  
 
Funding Eligibility: Funding for this program is provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund. Tuition and textbooks are provided at no cost to eligible participants. Sponsorship does not include living expenses. 
 
All participants must meet the following basic eligibility criteria: 
• be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident 
• be legally entitled to work in Canada
• currently be living in British Columbia
• not be a student (i.e., not enrolled in high school or post-secondary training) and
• at the time the training is to take place, not be participating in another provincially or federally funded labour market program. 
 
Employment categories:
a) Unemployed and not EI eligible; or,
b) Employed and low-skilled, such as those who do not have a high school diploma; or,
c) Underemployment, such as those who do not have permanent or full-time employment. 

Participation Requirements: You should be in good physical condition; able to work standing for long periods of time; able to lift items weighing up to 20 pounds; and able to read and write in English. A criminal record check is required for admission. 

Best to apply by: January 22, 2018 to guarantee a seat in the program. 

For more information and to confirm your eligibility, contact NIC Continuing Education:
karen.mccomber@nic.bc.ca or 250-334-5000 ext 4601

 

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Information Session: Licensed Practical Nurse Access to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Time: 6 to 7 pm

Location: Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC's Comox Valley campus

Are you a practicing LPN? Are you interested in completing your BSN? If you have completed the prerequisites for access to NIC's Bachelor of Nursing Degree (Option C), you could start your path to a BSN with North Island College in summer 2018.

Please check www.nic.bc.ca/health for BSN Option C requirements. If you have any questions, call an NIC educational advisor at 1-800-715-0914

 

 

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NIC's Write Here Reading Series Presents Bev Sellars

First Nations Leader Bev Sellars Opens 2018 North Island Writers Conference with Free Public Reading

Bev Sellars is a former Chief and Councillor of the Xat’sull (Soda Creek) First Nation in Williams Lake, British Columbia. Her memoir They Call Me Number One won the 2014 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness, was shortlisted for the 2014 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction, and was a finalist for the 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. Her book, Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival, published in 2016 by Talon Books, looks at the history of Indigenous rights in Canada from an Indigenous perspective.

FREE PUBLIC READING
with Haig Brown Writer-in-Residence Bev Sellars
Date: Friday, January 26
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Tyee Lounge, NIC Comox Valley Campus
Cost: Admission is free. Everyone welcome.

NORTH ISLAND WRITERS CONFERENCE 
with 23 North Island authors leading 15 panels and interactive workshops
Date: Saturday, January 27
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: NIC Comox Valley Campus
Cost: $25 per session (Limited free seats available for NIC students and local high school students).

For more information contact Nick Van Orden at Nicholas.VanOrden@nic.bc.ca or visit cvwriterssociety.ca/conference

 

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2018 North Island Writers Conference

NIC's Write Here Readers Series and the Comox Valley Writer’s Society present the first North Island Writers Festival. Join 23 North Island writers/publishers as they focus on a weekend of writing and publishing with attendees from throughout the region.

Featuring workshops and panel discussions with:

Betty Annand, Marlet Ashley, Jayne Barnard, Kim Bannerman, BV Bayly, David Buckland, Bruce Burrows, Betty Donaldson, Bernice Friessen, Rick James, Terrance James, Susan Ketchen, Trevor McMonagle, Mary Murphy, Kymme Patrick, Craigh Shemilt, Howard Stewart, Junie Swadron, Jeanette Taylor, Judy Wing, Clyde Woolman and Dave Young.

Date: Saturday, January 27, 2018
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: NIC Comox Valley Campus
Cost: $25 per session (Limited free seats available for NIC students and local high school students).
Registration Deadline: Register online by January 18, 2018

Session 1 (8:45 to 10:45 am) 

  • Songwriting with Judy Wing
  • Mystery with Bruce Burrows
  • Self-Publishing with Craig Shemilt
  • Short Story with Judy LeBlanc
  • Creative Non-Fiction with Bernice Friesen, Betty Donaldson and Kim Bannerman.

Session 2  (11 am - 1 pm)

  • From Concept to Completion with Dave Young, Betty Annand and David Buckland
  • Sci-Fi/Fantasy with BV Bayly
  • Playwriting with Kymme Patrick
  • Local History with Jeannette Taylor, Rick James and Howard Stewart
  • Memoir with Terrance James

Session 3 (1:30-4:30 pm)

  • Fiction: Memory to Manuscript with Marlet Ashley
  • Editing: Yes, You Need an Editor with Trevor McMonagle
  • Writer's Block with Junie Swadron

Session 3 (2 - 4 pm)

  • Young Adult with Jayne Barnard
  • Children's Literature with Mary Murphy, Susan Ketchen and Clyde Woolman

For more information contact Nick Van Orden at Nicholas.VanOrden@nic.bc.ca or visit cvwriterssociety.ca/conference

 

February

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CV ElderCollege Winter Lecture Series

The first lecture in the 2018 Winter Lecture Series is coming in February. Watch for the winter newsletter for more details.

If you do not currently received our newsletter and information by email, but would like to please send an email to Susan.Murray@nic.bc.ca and asked to be added to our distribution list.

Date: February 3, 2018
Time: 10 am
Location: Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus

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Comox Valley ElderCollege Winter Courses begin. 

Stay tuned for upcoming courses and the Winter 2018 Comox Valley ElderCollege newsletter.

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High School Open House: Port Alberni

Every February, more than 1,000 high school students from across the North Island explore unique educational opportunities available after high school at our annual High School Open House events in the Comox Valley and Port Alberni.

The Port Alberni Open House will take place: Wednesday, February 14

For more info on the High School Open House Events: https://www.nic.bc.ca/students/programs/open_house.aspx  

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High School Open House: Comox Valley

Every February, more than 1,000 high school students from across the North Island explore unique educational opportunities available after high school at our annual High School Open House events in the Comox Valley and Port Alberni.

The Comox Valley Open House will take place: Thursday, February 15

For more info on the High School Open House Events: https://www.nic.bc.ca/students/programs/open_house.aspx  

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Effective Grant Writing

Is your community or non-profit organization looking for funds to sustain or develop a project or program?

This story-filled, two-day workshop gives you the basics and more for locating funding sources, developing a proposal, and networking with partners. You are invited to bring current proposal projects on the second day of the workshop for group and individual assistance.

Date: February 15-16, 2018
Time: 9 am - 4 pm
Location: Comox Valley Campus

Best to apply by February 1

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NIC's Write Here Reading Series Presents Award-Winning Playwright Kevin Kerr

Join us in welcoming Governor General's award winning playwright, screenwriter and multi-media writer Kevin Kerr to NIC's Write Here Reading Series.

Date: Friday, February 16, 2018

Time: 7 pm

Location: Stan Hagen Theatre

For more information contact Nick Van Orden.
Email: Nicholas.VanOrden@nic.bc.ca 
Phone:  250-334-5000 ext 4189.

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NIC's Comox Valley campus is now registering students for WorkSafe BC certified Occupational First Aid Level 3 and Level 3 renewal training.
 
The course runs Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, starting February 19.
 
Instructor: Ernie Payne 
Dates: Feb 19- March 2 for the new certification; Feb 26 to March 2 for renewal training
Cost: $750 (full) & $600 (renewal) approx., plus fees.
Location: NIC Comox Valley Campus, Courtenay 
Registration: You can register for these or any other first aid course online at http://www.nic.bc.ca/ce or at any of our campuses. 
 
This course, requires some pre-reading. Register by February 5 to receive your textbooks and complete the required reading before the course starts. Contact Susan at 250-334-5092 or susan.murray@nic.bc.ca to receive  your textbooks. 
 
Register early as First Aid courses fill quickly. 

 

March

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NIC's Write Here Reading Series Presents Can't Lit Podcasters Dina Del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli

Daniel Zomparelli is the Founder of Poetry Is Dead magazine. He is a co-podcaster at Can’t Lit. His first book of poems Davie Street Translations was published by Talonbooks. His collaborative book with Dina Del Bucchia, Rom Com, was published by Talonbooks. His first collection of short stories Everything is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person came out in the Spring of 2017.

Dina Del Bucchia is the author of three collections of poetry: Coping with Emotions and Otters (Talonbooks, 2013), Blind Items (Insomiac Press, 2014), and Rom Com (Talonbooks 2015), the latter written with her Can’t Lit podcast co-host Daniel Zomparelli. She is an editor of Poetry Is Dead magazine and the Artistic Director of the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series. Her first collection of short stories, Don’t Tell Me What to Do, is out now with Arsenal Pulp Press. You can find out more about her at: dinadelbucchia.com

Zomparelli and Del Bucchia co-host the Canadian literary podcast Can't Lit. According to Nuvo Magazine, this one of the top five Canadian podcasts to know.

Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018

Time: 7 pm

Location: Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC Comox Valley campus

For more information contact Nick Van Orden:
Email: Nicholas.VanOrden@nic.bc.ca 
Phone:  250-334-5000 ext 4189.

 

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NIC's 8th Annual Career Fair

Save the date! Join our Student Employment Services for the next annual NIC Career Fair on March 22, 2018.

This free event for students provides employers the opportunity to promote their companies and meet with skilled and enthusiastic potential employees in the Comox Valley region.

Whether you are looking for an employee to fill short-term, seasonal, or permanent positions, you will meet with exceptional students, new graduates, alumni, and community members.

Please consider joining us as an exhibitor and complete the online registration.

Date: Thursday, March 22
Time: 11 am - 3 pm
Location: Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave., Courtenay, BC

About Student Employment Services

Student Employment Services (SES) assists students in developing strategies for effective job searching, while helping connect students with businesses and organizations that are seeking new employees. Improve your resume building, letter-writing and interview skills and learn more about co-op education opportunities by making an appointment with an Employment Services Advisor. Questions? Contact an SES advisor at studentemployment@nic.bc.ca or call: 250-334-5000 (Comox Valley campus) or 250-923-9700 (Campbell River campus).

April

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Metal Jewellery Design Open House

Discover the unique talent of NIC's Metal Jewellery Design students and instructor. Tour the studio. meet the artists and learn about NIC's wide range of metal jewellery courses. 

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Time: 1 - 3 pm
Location: Room D209 (Metal Jewellery Studio), Campbell River campus

Admission is free, everyone is welcome.