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Release date: September 3, 2020

As the new academic year fast approaches, Camosun College is getting ready to welcome thousands of new and returning students online and, in some cases, on campus this fall.

With the new semester starting Sept. 8, Camosun's domestic student enrolments numbers are up a little over last year over throughout its 160 academic, trades and technical programs, while international student numbers are down due in part to the restrictions that limit travel to Canada.

"Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic the college has continued to ensure education, services and supports remained available for students," says Camosun President Sherri Bell. "While we are delivering courses online as much as possible, as an applied learning institution, much of what we do requires hands-on learning or access to specialized equipment. If you're training to be a carpenter or medical radiography technologist, you can't do it all online, but you can do portions of it."

Over the last few months Camosun faculty, staff, donors, Student Society and other stakeholders have stepped up to support students and the broader community in many ways. With the financial contributions of the Camosun College Student Society, Camosun Foundation donors, and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, over $260,000 in emergency bursary funds were raised to assist more than 1,100 students in need. The Camosun Innovates applied research team developed thousands of face shields and an innovative new UV decontamination oven to help local hospitals and Island Health organizations. The Camosun Library and Information Technology Services teams worked together to provide 150 loaner laptops and, in partnership with Shaw Communications, to provide 200 WIFI devices to students needing access to technology.

Looking toward the new semester, Business Administration co-op student Stephanie Boucher, says she's excited about the year ahead and is enjoying assisting Camosun's Student Affairs office, to help welcome and orient new and returning students to college this fall.

"Part of my role has been to help plan the online events and the limited in-person presence that we will have on campus for Welcome Week, Sept. 8-10," says Boucher. "These virtual events give students, their parents and supporters, the opportunity to directly connect with all of the college's services and activities like the library, counselling, financial aid, student clubs, and more, to support them throughout their studies at Camosun. We also provide study tips and strategies as they work toward their personal, social and academic goals."

Stephanie also supports Camosun's daily online Orientation chat service, providing students with one-on-one information and advice on how to access all of the college's online supports and resources, and how they can prepare themselves for the semester start.

A fourth-year marketing student, Stephanie says this year will be "a whole new experience."

"All of my classes this fall, which is also my last term before I graduate, will be online," she adds. "I've taken online classes before but I've never taken a full course load online. I'm feeling both excited and a bit nervous about the experience. I think what I'm most looking forward to is being challenged in new ways as I work through the last courses in my program, and finally earn my degree."

All of Camosun's support services are available online to help students, whatever their need, including: registration, financial aid, academic advising, student clubs, online learning help, and much more. The Camosun Libraries are open virtually and are also planning limited in-person computer stations and take-away services for books and materials later in September. Students can go to: or to find out more.

For those still looking to pick up some individual online classes, seats are still available in a few courses this fall, including accounting, economics, English, math, art, biology, marketing and music.

Camosun College is one of the largest colleges in British Columbia with campuses on the Traditional Territories of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples.Established in 1971, the college serves over 19,000 learners a year in certificate, diploma, bachelor's degree, and post-degree diploma programs.


Michelle Tinis
Communications/Marketing Strategist
Camosun College

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Last updated: September 3, 2020 12:28 pm

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