Main Content

College of New Caledonia

Campuses

6

Enrolment

  • 1364

    Full-time
  • 3068

    Part-time
  • 360

    International
  • 820

    Apprentice

The College of New Caledonia (CNC) has played an important role in training and educating residents in northern B.C. since 1969. Along with being one of the most affordable post-secondary institutions in B.C. and providing hands-on learning, CNC focuses on small class sizes, with a capacity of 37 seats or less. CNC offers more than 70 programs. Some of them are region-specific, while others are offered across multiple campuses or online. College of New Caledonia operates from six campuses in Prince George, Burns Lake, Fort St. James, Mackenzie, Quesnel and Vanderhoof. CNC students can easily take advantage of 15 agreements with 10 universities in B.C., Alberta and elsewhere, allowing them to easily transfer into the third year of degree programs. Credentials awarded include certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees, foundation programs and apprenticeships. Upgrading and Continuing Education are also among many options for students. CNC constructed two new trades and technology centres at its Prince George and Quesnel campuses in 2011, worth more than $30 million. CNC provides Red Seal trades training for welders, machinists, millwrights, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, heavy duty mechanics, auto body technicians, power engineers, professional cook and more. CNC is also home to an Aboriginal Resource Centre, which provides academic, cultural, emotional, and community support for students. Learn more.

Our research specialization:

  • NRET / Forestry
  • Horticulture technology / innovation
  • Power Engineering / gasification
  • Technology prototyping / development

 

This is how we...

Contribute to our Community

Canfor – Elementary trades program In partnership with Canfor and School District 57, the College of New Caledonia has established the Elementary trades program, which takes Grade 7 students out of their classrooms and introduces them to the skilled trades. The program provides students an understanding of the many career opportunities available in the trades and gives them the opportunity to experience CNC’s learning environment through hands on lessons. The students come to the college for two hours every Friday for 10 weeks and alternate weekly between two trades. So far the program has covered a number of trades including Carpentry, Electrical, Professional Cook and Heavy Duty Mechanic. The Elementary Trades program is complementary to the B.C. Skills for Jobs Blueprint: Re-engineering Education and Training, which was announced by the Provincial Government in April of 2014.

Foster Student Success

Wayne Kitchen

Wayne Kitchen came to the College of New Caledonia to take the Culinary Arts program in 1998. He has worked in a number of restaurants over the years including the locally renowned Cimo Mediterranean Grill, where he worked for 11 years – 8 of which were as a co-owner. After a short stint in Mexico, Wayne returned to Prince George and started up the innovative Black Walnut Travelling Bistro, which was a secret supper club that brought amazing food and wine right into people’s homes. Hoping to lay down more permanent roots, Wayne opened the Pan Eatery in October of 2015. The restaurant and the menu have been imagined around produce, alcohol and art that is produced locally in British Columbia. Wayne has stuck to his roots, offering a variety of dishes, all made with fresh, delicious ingredients.

John Kason

John Kason is a business owner, a Rotary Club member, and a strong advocate of community service. John studied Business Administration at the College of New Caledonia from 1992-1995 and participated in the co-op program in Prince George and Smithers. In 1999, John returned to CNC to take part in a new program called “Business: The Next Generation” – a small business training and incubator program. He was also given the opportunity to volunteer on the program’s board, which in turn led to him becoming a facilitator/mentor to the next set of BNG students. Years later, he is one of Prince George’s most prominent citizens, even making the Chamber of Commerce’s top 40 under 40 list in 2014. For the last 15 years, he has worked as a Certified Financial Planner for Global Securities, and their team currently manages over 6o million dollars in client assets.

Bruce Strachan

At 30 years old he was enrolled in the university transfer arts and science program. Since music played a large part of his life, he also studied university-level music composition and theory. When he finished school in the spring of 1973, he was offered a job as the college’s Information Officer. It was Strachan’s job to inform the public about what was happening at CNC and that it was the place to go after high school. “Industry needed post-secondary trained people. Enrolment went up quickly.” He took his political career a step further in 1979 when he sought and won the nomination to represent the Social Credit Party in the newly formed electoral district of Prince George South. His platform? Education, of course. “I’m proud of my education. It doesn’t matter what discipline you take, education teaches you to think. That’s what CNC did.”

Partner with Business and Community

Industry

Canfor – Elementary trades program In partnership with Canfor and School District 57, the College of New Caledonia has established the Elementary trades program, which takes Grade 7 students out of their classrooms and introduces them to the skilled trades. The program provides students an understanding of the many career opportunities available in the trades and gives them the opportunity to experience CNC’s learning environment through hands on lessons. The students come to the college for two hours every Friday for 10 weeks and alternate weekly between two trades. So far the program has covered a number of trades including Carpentry, Electrical, Professional Cook and Heavy Duty Mechanic. The Elementary Trades program is complementary to the B.C. Skills for Jobs Blueprint: Re-engineering Education and Training, which was announced by the Provincial Government in April of 2014.

Community

TransCanada and CNC- Community Partnership CNC and TransCanada relationship initiated during May 2014 with a large funding opportunity. We accepted and signed the agreement on Feb 16, 2015 A portion of the funds were allocated for the Pathway Funds initiative to the Trades Department Bursaries with a minimum of 40% targeted directly to the First Nations to awarded by December 2017. Another portion was allocated for TransCanada/CNC Safety Week at CNC Regional Campuses 5 different regions- Burns Lake, Fort St. James, Mackenzie, Vanderhoof and Prince George These training programs were offered by the CNC Continuing Studies Department and was delivered in September 2015 A large portion of the funding was received for the support of the development of the CNC Digital Delivery Initiative which will be used to implement enhanced remote delivery of classroom training in rural and remote communities within the CNC’s service delivery area.

Support Indigenous Students

The college works in collaboration with all of its communities to support Indigenous students. This includes the Aboriginal Service Plan (ASP), the Aboriginal Education Policy, the Aboriginal Resource Centre (ARC), and targeted Scholarships & Bursaries.

Through funding from the BC Ministry of Advanced Education we develop and implement a 3-year rolling strategic Aboriginal Service Plan. This plan is based on research and data collected from consultation with Aboriginal communities and advisory committees.

CNC also maintains an Aboriginal Education Policy to guide its educational delivery and to identify and respond to Aboriginal peoples’ educational needs. It recognizes that its learning environment is enriched by diversity, and it ensures that this includes Aboriginal cultures.

Through the ARC and regionally located Aboriginal liaisons, we provide academic, cultural, emotional, and community support. Services include tutoring, financial advising, liaising (between band, faculty and other), academic advising and career planning.

Lastly, CNC also offers a number of awards targeted at Aboriginal students including the prestigious Mary John Award of Excellence.

Programs & Services of Interest

The college offers an Associate Degree in Aboriginal Studies, which can be transferred to public universities and colleges as the first 27 credits of an Associate Arts Degree.

CNC’s nursing program also relies on community resources in order to include Aboriginal components into its curriculum. It includes several specialized courses on First Nations Health and Nursing.

Lastly the college also offers targeted, in-demand programming to its aboriginal communities. The Community Education department, for example, offers programs based on community consultation and need.

Date modified: 2016-10-26