NIC’s Campbell River campus has undergone a $17.6-million expansion project, thanks in part to funding from the provincial and federal governments via the Strategic Investment Fund (SIF).
The project internally separated Timberline Secondary School and NIC into two distinct entities and created almost 10,000 m² (105,000 sq. ft.) of new and renovated space.
The New Expanded Campbell River Campus: Educational Neighbourhoods
Intended to mirror the friendly small-town character of Campbell River, NIC’s new Campbell River campus will feature six inter-connected educational neighbourhoods radiating from a vibrant Student Commons housing an array of services for students. Designed to enhance student learning and exchange, these neighbourhoods will give every student a place to call home within a cluster of related programs. Campbell River’s new campus is also a space for community to gather in the glass paneled new library or to enjoy tasty food in the cafeteria and Bistro.
This new space includes:
- a new Heavy Mechanical shop
- an Aircraft Structures shop
- a new Aquaculture lab
Campbell River’s first health simulation lab for Practical Nursing and Health Care Assistant students
- a new student commons
a new café
a new teaching kitchen
a new bistro space
a new Library and Learning Commons
a new bookstore
- trades shops for Timberline Secondary
new cafeteria space for Timberline students
The Heavy Mechanical and Aircraft Structures programs, currently running off-campus, will be relocated to new buildings on Dogwood Street. Students will benefit from an improved learning environment and enjoy easy access to all of the supports and amenities the new campus has to offer.
Students will also benefit from a new trades and Aquaculture building, featuring several classrooms, shower facilities and a state-of-the-art aquaculture lab, perfect for learning and applied research.
In addition, the project will allow for expanded offerings in Nursing, Health Care Assistant and Early Childhood Care and Education programs. Expansion plans include the creation of Campbell River’s first health simulation lab, providing the best possible learning environment for highly skilled nurses to be trained year after year to work with local patients.
NIC will introduce Campbell River’s first community support lab, which will train Health Care Assistant students to work in local long-term care facilities, as well as support seniors who would prefer to age in place in their own homes.
Early Childhood Care and Education students will utilize the community support lab as well, for tactile learning and art activities. Ensuring year-round local ECCE graduates will make it easier for Campbell River parents to find skilled and trustworthy caregivers for their children.
The expansion project also includes new teaching kitchen, cafeteria and bistro facilities, which will greatly improve the experience for local culinary arts students.
The new Student Commons building will become the heart of the Campbell River Campus, providing an inviting, casual space for students to recharge, socialize and forge meaningful relationships with their peers. Students can enjoy food from the new cafeteria and bistro, and utilize writing and research support in the new Library and Learning Commons.
Timberline Secondary Students will benefit from new trades shops as well as renovated classrooms and administrative offices. Students will have their own clearly identifiable area, with improved safety and security for Timberline students.
Other expansion plans will see first-year business certificate offerings delivered locally, helping students become successful academically while reducing living costs. Local business programming will also make it easier for mature students to upskill, thereby contributing to a rapidly expanding local business community.
Increased business programming will also attract more international students from around the world, solidifying Campbell River as a diverse community within the global marketplace.
Consolidate NIC's Campbell River campuses at one location, resulting in a better learning environment to meet students' educational and training needs
New modern facilities for existing Aircraft Structures, Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport and Professional Cook students
Provide an adult learning environment for NIC students by separating the high school from the College
Provide efficient and modern student commons and redesigned library
Improve access for students with disabilities
Construct an Aboriginal student lounge and study area with adjacent office space for the Elder in Residence
Reduce NIC's energy usage and improve its carbon footprint
Timberline students will have their own clearly identifiable area, with improved safety and security for Timberline students