The College of New Caledonia campus in Quesnel. (Photo submitted)

College of New Caledonia celebrating 50 years

Community based approach for programs has led to success, says Tara Szerencsi

With students returning to school, the College of New Caledonia is celebrating 50 years since its first semester held in September 1969.

CNC interim president Tara Szerencsi said,”CNC’s success throughout these many years has come from its ability to respond to the needs of the communities it serves.”

“With more than 100,000 alumni, CNC has educated the work forces of northern B.C. an beyond for half a century,” she said.


In January 1969, CNC was established on an “operating funds only basis” with financial assistance from participating school districts using leased facilities at the Prince George Senior Secondary School, read a September 3 news release.

When CNC hosted their first semester in September, 1969, it had 253 registered students. And now, as of Aug 29, 2019 there are 3,076 students for the Fall term across all campuses which is an increase of 5 percent from last Fall.

Back in 1969, the program offered at CNC in the Fall of that year included — first year university arts and science courses, administrative science, data processing and early childhood education.

Now, CNC offers over 90 programs in business management, health sciences, human services, technologies, trades and industry, university studies, upgrading and access, and community and continuing education.

CNC’s programs developed alongside the needs of the communities it serves, said Chad Thompson, academic vice-president for CNC.

“A number of CNC’s programs are unique to the northern region, such as the north’s only web and graphic design program. CNC also launched its Northern Diagnostic Medical Sonography program in January this year and is scheduled to launch a Civil Engineering Technologist program in September 2020,” he said.

READ MORE: Work underway at new CNC campus in Vanderhoof

Aman Parhar
Editor, Vanderhoof Omineca Express

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