North Island College’s Port Alberni campus hosted its annual open house last week, inviting more than 200 high school students to learn more about the college’s services and programs.
Approximately 250 Grade 11 students from Alberni District Secondary School, Ucluelet Secondary School and Eighth Avenue Learning Centre enjoyed a jam-packed day of activities on Wednesday, Feb. 20, including a slime-making chemistry session and a live culinary arts display.
“It gives us that opportunity for showcasing some of the things they might not know we even do here in Port Alberni,” said Felicity Blaiklock, director of student affairs and the Port Alberni campus administrator. “There’s this assumption that going away is automatically better, but that’s not always the case.”
NIC, she said, has “great calibre” of instruction, as well as small classes. The college offers everything from trades to university transfers.
“We hope [students will] take the information from their day at NIC back to their families,” said Blaiklock.
Current and former NIC students were at the campus on Wednesday to talk about their experiences at NIC, and representatives from UVic and VIU were also available to talk about transition programs. Student and staff volunteers made sure the open house ran smoothly throughout the day.
“Port Albern is an incredible community,” said Blaiklock on Wednesday. “The amount of support that we get for events like this is unsurpassed. Everybody steps up to celebrate this day because it’s all about community.”