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Orientation at Campbell River's North Island College campus going ahead regardless of teachers strike

On Tuesday, September 2, North Island College will roll out the welcome mat to host a full program of Orientation Day events for hundreds of students attending college at Campbell River campus this fall.

An annual tradition at NIC, Orientation Day is often a student’s first introduction to the people, places, and resources on campus that will make their year a success. Students can locate classrooms, meet instructors, visit the library and bookstore, and get started with confidence. Returning students will have the chance to reconnect with classmates and instructors, buy course materials, and find out what’s new at NIC.

This year’s event will get underway at 8:30 am with complimentary refreshments for students hosted at the Gathering Place by the Aboriginal Education department. Then at 9:30 am, students will attend Program Introductions to learn more about their programs and to meet their instructors, college staff, and North Island Students’ Union representatives. The afternoon continues with a barbeque lunch and a series of popular drop-in workshops, ranging from A Survivor’s Guide to Essay Writing to Budgeting Basics and much more.

With North Island College and Timberline Secondary sharing facilities, the college would also like to reaffirm for the community that should the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) job action continue, North Island College will be open and college operations will not be impacted, with all programs and services being offered as regularly scheduled, including Orientation Day events.

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“Please be reassured that if BCTF job action continues, you will not be crossing a picket line to attend college or our Orientation Day events,” explains Susan Auchterlonie, Director, College and Community Relations.  “In accordance with past practice and long-standing protocol, we have confirmation that picketing would be limited to the Rockland entrance only. Timberline Secondary, SD #72, and the BCTF Campbell River local understand and are all aware that North Island College will be open as planned and without impact. You are respectfully requested to use the Dogwood entrance to the campus, which continues to be the official entrance to North Island College.”

All North Island College students enrolled for September 2014 are encouraged to take part and enjoy the day’s events held between 8:30 am to 2 pm. Schedules are posted online at

North Island College’s first official day of classes will begin on Wednesday, September 3.

For more information, visit or call 250-923-9700.

– Contributed by North Island College.

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