Early explorer Simon Fraser gave the central Interior region of British Columbia the name “New Caledonia,” meaning “New Scotland.” The College of New Caledonia (CNC) has served the region since 1969 and now provides more than 70 certificate, diploma, associate degree, apprenticeship, university transfer, and academic upgrading programs. It has six campuses in Prince George, Burns Lake, Fort St. James, Mackenzie, Quesnel, and Vanderhoof.
A great destination for nature enthusiasts, many of CNC’s campuses have breathtaking natural surroundings. The main Prince George campus is near Jasper National Park and the Rocky Mountains, Fort St. James is surrounded by rolling hills, lakes, and rivers, while Burns Lake is in the heart of some of B.C.’s most beautiful freshwater lakes. Students who wish to live on campus can do so at the Prince George campus, which offers a student residence with private single rooms.
CNC offers programs in areas like health and human services, technology, business, and culinary, with small class sizes across the range. The unique advanced diploma in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder at the Burns Lake campus has garnered worldwide attention. Since 2002, CNC grads have enjoyed a 100 per cent success rate writing the Canadian Practical Nursing Exam.
Some of the applied research projects under way at CNC include unmanned aerial vehicle prototype development for high-resolution mapping, energy-efficient solutions for heating greenhouses in cold climates, and black bear predation on moose calves in northern B.C. CNC develops its applied research projects in partnership with local industries and businesses.
Aboriginal students have access to CNC’s Aboriginal Resource Centre, which provides academic support, study space, a computer lab, and access to a cultural adviser.