NIC kicks off school year Sep. 4 in Port Alberni

NIC students, staff and faculty gather at the NIC’s Port Alberni campus for Orientation Day 2017. This year’s Orientation Day and kick off to the new college year takes place Tuesday, Sep. 4 from 9:30 am to 2 pm, followed by the Orientation BBQ on Sept 13. 

NIC is inviting all students to its Port Alberni campus Tuesday, Sep. 4 to mark the start of the school year.

“Orientation Day is our chance to welcome all our new and returning students to the NIC community,” said Lynne MacFadgen, NIC regional director of continuing education & training at the Port Alberni campus. “The first day can be daunting and we want to help ease that transition, while helping students prepare for a successful year.”

This year, NIC will welcome more than 250 students to the Port Alberni campus and Tebo Vocational centre. Students are enrolled in a variety of programs, including trades training, health care, early childhood care and education, business, upgrading, university transfer and more.  

This year also marks NIC’s first Nuu-chah-nulth language course (NCN-096) and the Aboriginal College Pathway, which provides support for Aboriginal students as they transition to college.

Students start the day with course and program introductions, followed by workshops covering helpful tips to prepare them for success for the coming year.

Orientation festivities continue through the week, including a free BBQ lunch Sep. 13, where students get a chance to participate in games, win prizes and learn more about NIC services and community organizations in a marketplace setting.

“Having the BBQ the week after the start of class lets students settle in, get comfortable on campus and meet their classmates,” said MacFadgen. “The BBQ is a chance to meet and mingle outside the classroom and get to know each other better.”

The date also marks the registration deadline for prospective students.

“There’s still time to apply if you’re considering a program or course,” MacFadgen said. “NIC’s educational advisors can help answer your questions and assist you through the process.”

Anyone interested in applying can go to or call 250-724-8711 to speak with an educational advisor.


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Read more about Orientation Day at the Port Alberni campus in the Alberni Valley News

Don't forget to join us at the Orientation BBQ on September 13