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July

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 NIC Student Artwork on Display at Lewis Centre

Explore ‘The Act of Painting’ with NIC fine art and design students at the Courtenay Lewis Centre.

The exhibit showcases the work of five emerging artists who have studied painting at NIC’s School of Fine Art and Design.

“These students and their works are remarkable,” says NIC instructor Elizabeth Russell. “The School of Fine Art and Design wants to thank Carol Millar and all the Lewis Centre staff for supporting emerging artists.”

The exhibit displays an eclectic range of thematic concerns, styles and techniques as each artist finds their unique voice through the act of painting. It includes:

  • Theo Papanikolaou, a Fine Arts diploma student from Alberta, whose expressive paintings “splatter brain” and “into the void” explore the genres of photo realism and abstraction.
  • Leslie Wynne, an artist and NIC Bachelor of Nursing degree student, whose representational paintings of “Mr. Bob” and “The Salon” express her ability to capture the humanity she experiences in everyday encounters with people in her life.
  • Mike Hilland, an NIC Fine Arts diploma alumni and a talented musician, whose magical and haunting surreal scenes in paintings fluctuate from real life to dream states.
  • Lesley-Anne Watts, an artist and NIC English Instructor, whose vibrant and lyrical works such as “The Troubles meet Jazz” reference her connections to Ireland and her interest in abstraction and craft practices.
  • Suzanne Slattery, a multi-talented Design and Fine Arts diploma student, whose sultry portrait, “Supery Sailor” is a bold abstract work rich in technique and spirit.

The exhibit is free and available to view daily during Lewis Centre’s operating hours.

NIC School of Fine Art and Design offers courses in digital media, design, printmaking, sculpture, drawing, photography, ceramics and art history. Students interested in learning to paint or advancing their skills and talents in art and design can take individual courses or register in the Fine Arts diploma.

For more information about the program, courses or prerequisites, email questions@nic.bc.ca.

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.


 

October

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Launch your TV & Film Crew Career at NIC

Choose from four in demand careers within one of BC's fastest growing industries. 

Length: 3-4 weeks per course, full time.
Cost: $275/ course

Production Assistant Training 
Campbell River: Oct 10 -30 | Port Alberni: Nov 6-27
Gain essential skills and industry knowledge needed to pursue entry-level employment as a production assistant. Preference will be given to applicants with Aboriginal ancestry.
Instructors: Mark Voyce, Location Manager and Donna Hains, Human Resource Specialist

Lighting Film Training
Campbell River: Nov 14-Dec 11 | Port Alberni: Jan 8-Feb 2
Learn to plan, develop and execute lighting schemes to support film and TV shots. This training is well suited to individuals who have completed the electrical foundation program and individuals who are ready to diversify their careers.
Instructor: John Helme, Gaffer/Chief Lighting Technician

Grip Film Training
Campbell River: Nov 14-Dec 11 | Port Alberni: Jan 8-Feb 2
Learn how to configure camera and lighting equipment to get the perfect shot, understand industry protocols and execute professional shots. This program is well suited to individuals who enjoy hard work, have a technical aptitude and desire to work in the creative industries.
Instructor: Jeff Smith, Key Grip

Carpentry and Set Construction Training
Campbell River: Nov 14-Dec 11 | Port Alberni: Jan 8-Feb 2
Learn about the materials and requirements to design, build and take down sets. This training is well suited to individuals who have completed the Carpentry Foundation program and who are ready to diversify their careers.
Instructor: Hal Keown, Journeyman Carpenter and Master Craftsman, Set Construction Coordinator and Foreman

To request a training application package, email filmtraining@nic.bc.ca
All communications for this training are via email and will be answered within 24 hours.

 


 

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.

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Learn Kwak'wala in Port Hardy

Date: Jan 2 to Apr 3, 2018

Time: Tuesdays, 5 to 8 pm

Location: NIC's Mount Waddington campus

For more information or to register, contact Student Services at -1800-715-0914 or register in person at the NIC Mount Waddington campus.

 

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Launch a Community Project with "fundmy150"

Launched this summer, fundmy150 is Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) student crowdfunding platform, designed to help students launch their creative and entrepreneurial ideas.

With fundmy150, students will be able to raise the modest resources they need to grow their projects and get new ideas off the ground through crowdfunding – like a community arts and crafts program that needs a bit of money for supplies.

Visit https://fundmy150.collegesinstitutes.ca/ for more information.

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$5,000 Bursaries Available to Study Abroad in Brazil

Colleges and institutes Canada (CICan), in collaboration with the Conselho Nacional das Instituições da Rede Federal de Educação Profissional, Científica e Tecnológica (Conif), created the 2018 Canada-Brazil Outbound Student Mobility Program for students who are interested to pursue an international cultural experience in Brazil.

Apply by December 15, 2017. For additional information about the program or to submit an application, contact Nadine Biggs at 250-334-500 ext 4102 or email Nadine.Biggs@nic.bc.ca

December

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Tuition-Free University Transfer Course Explores Global Citizenship at NIC

Register in LIB-160 (Culture, Community & Global Citizenship) and earn university transfer credit while participating in this newly developed course with  Margaret Hearnden, PhD.

Through critical reflection on historical and current world events you will be encouraged to develop compassion and empathy for others, a greater appreciation for and understanding of diversity and a curiosity about other ways of being.

 

 

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Study with NIC at Thunderbird Mall in January

NIC is moving to the Thunderbird Mall.

Registration is now open for all upgrading and university-level courses.

Until December 14th, registration is available in person at the current campus, online or by phone.

Register by December 14th to be eligible to win a $100 NIC tuition credit.

After December 14th, registration will be available online or by phone.

 

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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.

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Explore the Language of Poetry at NIC in January 2018

Date: Tuesdays, January 2 - April 6, 2018

Time: 6-9 pm

Location: NIC Comox Valley campus

Register in: ENG-208 (Creative Writing: Poetry)

This course is available to learners aged 55 and up at a reduced rate as part of our Joy of Lifelong Learning course series. Click here for eligibility, application forms and more.

 

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NEW DATE: NIC English Department Hosts Three-Hour Fiction Contest

Join other writers for NIC's annual three-hour fiction contest. We'll give you an element or two that must appear in your story - a problem, a plot device or a character type - then in only three hours, you create an original story and wow the judges.

You could win a $300 NIC tuition credit!

Registration is by donation to the North Island College Foundation Steve Schoenhoff Creative Writing Scholarship.

Date: Sunday, December 17, 2017

Time: 1 to 4 pm

Location: Tyee Hall, Room 114, NIC's Comox Valley campus

 



2018

January

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Run to Quit starts January 2018

Run to Quit is an innovative program that pairs the quit smoking expertise of the Canadian Cancer Society with the Running Room’s learn to walk/run 5 km clinics. Participants are supported by a Quit Coach through a gradual 10-week walk/run program in combination with evidence-based smoking cessation strategies, such as exercise and group support.

Run to Quit is suitable for non-runners and people with any level of fitness. Non-smokers are invited to join at half price to support someone who is participating in the program.

Run to Quit participants are 7x more likely to successfully quit smoking than those who try to quit cold turkey. Exercise reduces cravings, helps manage withdrawal symptoms and inspires people to be healthier. By choosing to champion Run to Quit you are helping people access proven quit smoking resources. 

Read about the success of Run to Quit program here.

To learn more contact NIC Bachelor of Science in Nursing student Maria Labonte at MLabonte@northislandcollege.ca

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NIC's Write Here Readers Series Presents Sonnet L'Abbé and Ecko Aleck

Join us for an evening of poetry and spoken word. Everyone is welcome. Admission is free.

Date: Thursday, January 12

Time: 7 pm

Location: Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley Campus

Sonnet L’Abbé, PhD is the author of A Strange Relief and Killarnoe, and was the 2014 guest editor of Best Canadian Poetry. Her chapbook, Anima Canadensis, was published by Junction Books in 2016 and recently won the bpNichol chapbook prize. In her forthcoming collection, Sonnet’s Shakespeare, (McClelland and Stewart, 2018), L’Abbé “writes over" all 154 of Shakespeare's sonnets. L'Abbé lives on Vancouver Island and is a professor of Creative Writing and English at Vancouver Island University.

Ecko Aleck was born into the Nlaka’pamux Nation and adopted into the shíshálh Nation. Her traditional name is Kawaya “Blue Jay”, which represents laughter. She is a spoken word artist with a vision to be a voice for her people and is trained in both Interior Salish and Coast Salish protocols. Since the age of 13 she has travelled with her father, Terry Aleck, to discuss the intergenerational traumas of residential schools as well as perform and teach Indigenous songs and dances to elementary and secondary students.

For more information on this event or the Write Here Readers Series, contact Nick Van Orden at nicholas.vanorden@nic.bc.ca

 

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Comox Valley ElderCollege Information Forum

Learn more about the Comox Valley ElderCollege at an information forum January 13.

A free online registration training session will take place following the forum.

Date: January 13, 2018
Time: 10 am - 12 pm
Location: Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus

Keep up to date with the latest news and information from the CV ElderCollege. Email susan.murray@nic.bc.ca to be added to our distribution list.

 

 

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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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NIC Global Learning Initiative Presents: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

A sequel to the 2006 film An Inconvenient Truth, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power follows former US Vice President Al Gore as he continues his mission to battle climate change and influence international climate policy. 

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Time: 6:30 pm (doors open at 6 pm). 

Location: Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC Comox Valley campus

Admission is by donation to NIC's Global Learning Initiative, which aims to foster awareness of global issues through partnerships with local communities and individuals.

There will also be an opportunity to purchase chocolate and coffee in support of this fund.

For more information contact Lynne Oberik at 250-334-5061 or lynne.oberik@nic.bc.ca

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Register Now for NIC Student Leadership Retreat:
Breaking Through with Leadership

Date: January 20-21, 2018

Location: Camp Homewood, Quadra Island, BC

Cost: $30 per student

Connect with Troy Stende, award-winning campus speaker, for a series of unique, dynamic workshops where you will learn to:

  • break through habits that are holding you back.
  • become the leader you wish to be.
  • tackle conflict with Troy's unique Leadership Dogs approach.

Visit www.stendeinspirations.com to learn more about Troy Stende.

 

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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. 
 
In addition, training priority will be given to participants who are: 
a) Unemployed and not eligible for employment insurance programming; more specifically:
i.  An individual who has not established an EI claim in the last five (5) years.

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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Winter Registration - Comox Valley ElderCollege

The 2018 winter registration will take place during the 4th week of January. Watch your email and check Comox Valley ElderCollege website for the 'Registration Open' notification.

Note: no online or in person registration will be accepted until the registration has officially opened.

 

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NIC 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 27
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 28
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.

Watch this space for session topics and registration details.

Date: Saturday, January 28
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

 

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

March

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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.

Online registration for this not-to-be-missed event is available in October 2017.

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).