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CNC celebrates 50 years of bringing people and potential together

The College of New Caledonia is hosting a 50th-anniversary golden gala to celebrate its milestone
First registration in 1969. Photo by: College of New Caledonia

The College of New Caledonia (CNC) celebrated a milestone in September as it welcomed students back for a historic 50th year.

With more than 100,000 alumni, CNC has educated the workforces of northern B.C. and beyond.

“CNC is celebrating 50 years of connecting people and potential,” said CNC President Dr. Dennis Johnson. “This milestone year is a culmination of what CNC has accomplished, what CNC is accomplishing today, and what CNC will accomplish throughout the next 50 years.”

When CNC hosted its first semester in Prince George in September 1969, it had 253 registered students studying first-year university arts and science courses, administrative science, data processing, and early childhood education.

For the 2018-19 academic year, CNC served approximately 5,300 students across all six campuses servicing a region that’s about 12 per cent of the province’s population.

CNC now offers more than 90 programs including business management, health sciences, human services, technologies, trades and industry, university studies, upgrading and access, and community and continuing education.

A number of CNC’s programs are also 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 2019 and is scheduled to launch a civil engineering technologist program in September 2020 that will play a crucial role in filling the talent gap for technologist positions in northern B.C.

To celebrate this milestone, CNC is hosting a 50th anniversary golden gala event at the Hart Community Centre on Feb. 28, 2020. The evening includes dinner, entertainment and dancing. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased through Central Interior Tickets.

“We’re excited to welcome community members, alumni, stakeholders and staff at CNC’s 50th anniversary golden gala,” Johnson said. “This is an opportunity to celebrate the success of our college, which has grown to serve the needs of this region. We can’t wait to see what the next 50 years will bring and hope that you will join us in our upcoming celebration.”

For more information about the College of New Caledonia, visit online at:, email:, or call: 250-562-2131.

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