College of the North Atlantic preps for a new year

August 23, 2012

In the pursuit of a lasting career, I’ve been drifting in and out of post-secondary since I graduated high school.  I’ve done a partial English degree at MUN in St. John’s, then graduated with a diploma in Journalism from College of the North Atlantic (CNA) in 2004, and returned to CNA in 2010 after a working period in Alberta to upgrade my skills and study Environmental Technology (Youtube video). I’ve also done a couple of business courses at Athabasca University in Alberta.

“All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.”  ─Martin H. Fischer

Corner Brook CNA campus.

Along with the approach of autumn comes the back to school season.  The humidity of the summer has cooled drastically. The season brings big box stores with their sales, new pencils, pens and erasers, binders and paper, computers, calculators and TI-83s.

College of the North Atlantic, Grenfell Campus and Academy Canada are gearing up for another school year.

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”  ─John Dewey

A view of CNA from Three Bear Mountain

An introduction to College of the North Atlantic Corner Brook Campus

The Corner Brook campus of College of the North Atlantic sees about 700 students come through its doors each semester for full-time credit courses, with another hundred students registered as part-time. About 1,200 students participate in continuing education evening courses.

The campus also contains the Department of Forestry and Agrifoods, the Geospatial Research Facility for Terrestrial Ecosystems, and a daycare, the Fisher Children’s Centre.

CNA’s orientation and registration schedule

Orientation and registration takes place over a period of several days, giving students time to settle in. First year students register in the cafeteria on September 4th, complete the Accuplacer on the 5th and have various information sessions throughout the 6th and 7th.

The Accuplacer is a series of tests that allows instructors to get an idea of their students’ academic strengths and weaknesses by assessing reading, writing, math, and computer skills.

The purpose of the information sessions are to help students in their transition to post-secondary, whether they come directly from high school or are transitioning back into academic life. For all students, sessions include Simple Things, Older and Wiser, Scholarships and Bursaries, Healthy Living, Disability Services, and Student Aid Information.  For technology students, sessions offered include Equation Manipulation, Getting up to Scratch on the TI-83 Calculator, and Technology and Education: Designing a Professional Career.

Returning students (myself included) register on the 5th, have our program meeting and jump back into classes on the 6th .

Nomination forms for the student council are due September 21.

“Education is the movement from darkness to light.”  ─Allan Bloom

Campus City Connect

Campus City Connect is a partnership between post-secondary institutions and the City of Corner Brook.

CNA, Grenfell and Academy Canada students can spend a combined Orientation Week enjoying free food and music at Margaret Bowater Park while networking with local businesses on Wednesday, September 5th, watching The Avengers in the Pepsi Centre’s parking lot (drive-through style) on the 6th, and rock with the Navigators and other bands on the 7th.

The original article with more details can be found here.

“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.”  ─Aristotle

CB Transit Student Pass

CB Transit offers student semester bus passes for $220 (all institutions). Note that the contract has been extended to September, but the fate of the system is still up in the air.

Good luck to all students this upcoming semester!