Camosun College is located in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. Our two campuses serve approximately 18,000 learners a year in certificate, diploma, bachelor’s degree and continuing education programs. Each year Camosun welcomes over 1,100 Indigenous students from First Nations, Métis, and Inuit groups, and over 1,500 international students from more than 70 countries. The college welcomed its first students in 1971 and adopted the name “Camosun,” a local Lkwungen (Songhees) First Nation name meaning “where different waters meet and are transformed.” Today, Camosun College offers 160 programs to help meet the needs of students and communities in Victoria and beyond. Our education offerings include university transfer and applied degree programs; career and trades training; upgrading and preparatory programs; and continuing education. Camosun College has earned an outstanding reputation for teaching excellence. And, our impact as a college extends well beyond our highly skilled, job-ready graduates. We provide contract training opportunities for local business; research, innovation and prototyping services for industry; and well-trained co-op students for employers. With over 900 employees and an annual budget of $115 million, Camosun is one of our community’s top employers, generating over $1 billion in economic impact in our province every year.
- Camosun Innovates is a regional centre for applied research, manufacturing, social innovation and sport innovation services that enriches education, provides faculty opportunity and drives partnerships with business and social agencies.
- Founded in 1971, we serve 18,000+ students each year, including 1,100 Indigenous students and 1,500 international students from more than 70 countries.
- As a comprehensive, community college, we offer a variety of educational choices with lots of hands-on learning to prepare students for further post-secondary studies or rewarding careers.
- With an economic impact of $1 billion/year in British Columbia, Camosun is integral to the local and regional economy, and 86% of employed grads reside in Vancouver Island communities.
- The Camosun College Foundation facilitates philanthropic support to the college, benefitting students, families and communities. More than 1,300 students are supported annually with bursaries and awards, with $680K disbursed annually.
Our programs include:
Our research specialization:
- Prototyping, manufacturing, 3-D scanning and modelling
- Engineering design and sensor integration
- Productivity and automation
- Social innovation and sport innovation
- Interdisciplinary education and faculty development
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Contribute to our Community
Camosun actively participates in shaping our region and its communities through direct representation at chambers, development agencies and professional associations. Through the award-winning Enterprise Point and Camosun Innovates, Camosun engages directly with industry, businesses and municipalities, linking them to our professional services. By providing access to a sophisticated suite of intellectual, technology and manufacturing assets, we drive innovation, create effective business solutions and spearhead beneficial social advancements.
Foster Student Success
Joel Mellish, Joe Bogner, and Max Amsler
Camosun Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology students Joel Mellish, Joe Bogner, and Max Amsler placed first in an applied research report contest, earning a cash prize of $1,000 and national recognition from the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists. Demonstrating exceptional professional skills in technology, documenting/reporting skills and presenting, the Camosun trio developed an autonomous quadcopter charging station, featuring a base station with mechanical doors, a wireless charging grid and an optical-assist landing mechanism. The station will be used in a variety of remote industrial monitoring applications. Program chair Alan Duncan credits Camosun’s comprehensive, CTAB-accredited program for the students’ success. “Our program offers leading-edge technology curriculum, instruction and labs, but what really makes it an exceptional program is the instruction and support in essential skills. This additional support gives our grads a real advantage when they are competing for top jobs in the technology sector.”
Twenty-four deserving Camosun College students have just learned they will each receive a $5,000 Ike Barber Transfer Scholarship recognizing excellence in academic achievement and community service. The Irving K. Barber Scholarship Society, named for the BC philanthropist and founder of Slocan Forest Products Ltd., encourages students to start their post-secondary studies at a local public institution like Camosun College, then transfer to a degree-granting institution in BC to complete their four-year bachelor degree. Since the scholarships were established in 2006, more than 100 Camosun students have benefitted from the generosity and vision of Ike Barber. “The number of Camosun scholars named each year and the range of programs they represent is a testament to our strength as a comprehensive community college,” says Bell. Camosun’s award recipients plan to complete degrees in criminal justice, liberal arts, environmental technology, nursing and engineering.
Derek Vally and Kendall Foster
Carpentry apprentices Derek Vally and Kendall Foster placed first and second at the 2015 GameChanger Youth Expo and Competition in Vancouver. In a race against the clock, competitors were tasked with constructing a full-sized wishing well, from blueprint to finish, while overseeing a helper randomly assigned from a group of high school contestants. Al van Akker, chair of Camosun’s Architectural Trades programs, says, “Competitions showcase planning, execution, construction and teamwork skills, and they really draw attention to the expertise and strategy behind every construction project. Both students started in the Carpentry Foundation program and progressed to the Apprenticeship program. Derek got interested in carpentry while working at a desk job, whereas Kendall entered carpentry after finishing a university degree. “I had a dream to build my own house, so I took the Foundation program and fell in love with carpentry.”
Partner with Business and Community
College-level trades training, technology, accelerated academics—these are all within reach of high school students thanks to pioneering work of Camosun faculty and administration. Dual credit programming allows motivated and promising high school students to streamline their entry to well-paying careers and advanced education. The South Island Partnership includes Camosun College and the five south Vancouver Island school districts. Working together with local industry leaders, SIP provides dual credit programs and courses to give high school students a head start on their post-secondary and career paths. Options range from trades exploration, trades foundation, health, business and university transfer courses and programs. The program continues to expand in response the growing community demand. Learn more.
Support Indigenous Students
The Centre for Indigenous Education & Community Connections, Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen, offers support services and Indigenous programs for Aboriginal students and provides links between Camosun College, students, Elders, local Aboriginal organizations and First Nations communities. Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen is a term offered to us by Lkwungen Elder Elmer George. It references “good heart, good mind, and good feelings” – the experiences we want students to have here. It is with these guiding principles that we cultivate and honour Indigenous ways of knowing, being, doing and relating at Camosun.
Through Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen, Camosun provides Aboriginal students with academic, financial and cultural services, physical spaces like Na’tsa’maht, the Aboriginal gathering place, special projects and the ASP plan and Elders’ Voices and Elders-in-Residence programs.
Programs & Services of Interest
Date modified: 2016-10-26