CNC's 50th Anniversary

The College of New Caledonia is celebrating 50 years of bringing people and potential together!!!

When CNC hosted its first semester in September 1969, it had 253 registered students studying first year university arts and science course, administrative science, data processing, and early childhood education. In September 2019, CNC had more than 3,000 students across all six campuses. Students can now study 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.

CNC welcomes community members, alumni, stakeholders, and employees to celebrate its 50th anniversary at a Golden Gala event at the Hart Community Centre on Feb. 28, 2020. Visit our Golden Gala event below.

CNC opens 50th anniversary time capsule

by Taren (johnson) | Nov 06, 2019

PRINCE GEORGE – In 1994, members of the CNC community sealed a time capsule for future students and employees to open in the college’s historic 50th year. On Nov. 6, former CNC president Dr. Terry Weninger, who served from 1990 to 2004, and current CNC president Dr. Dennis Johnson opened the time capsule at a 50th celebration event at CNC’s Prince George campus. 

“I’m truly honoured to serve as CNC’s president during this historic 50th year,” said Dr. Johnson. “Throughout my first month, I’ve heard time and again how much CNC means to the people who have studied here. The opening of this time capsule marks a celebration of what has been accomplished at CNC, what is being accomplished today and what will be accomplished throughout the next 50 years.” 

The time capsule contained a scroll with greetings from students and employees in 1994, a number of publications including the Free Press, Prince George Citizen, CNC Notes, Counselling Newsletter, Asterisk, BC Report (Dec. 12 issue on CNC), CNC calendars, CNC enrolment fast facts brochure, CNC historical highlights brochure, CNC organizational chart, and a CNC phone list.

The capsule also included aerial photos of CNC’s woodlot, a vial of Prince George water, 25th anniversary Christmas tree bulbs, a floppy disk with a course outline to show the “technology of the day,” a CNC t-shirt, and a curling funspiel trophy and medal.

“I’m pleased I was able to return to CNC for the opening of the time capsule,” said Dr. Weninger. “It’s a snapshot of CNC 25 years ago. Opening it is an occasion for optimism as we highlight CNC’s importance in the region and acknowledge the resilience and creativity needed to deliver on the College’s mandate.”

The items from CNC’s time capsule will remain on display at CNC’s Library. CNC’s 50th anniversary celebrations continue with an open house and gala event at the end of February.

Caption: Former CNC president Dr. Terry Weninger, left, former CNC welding instructor Cy Fortin and current CNC president Dr. Dennis Johnson open a time capsule during CNC's 50th anniversary celebration event in Prince George on Nov. 6, 2019. Fortin constructed the capsule with the help of students and Dr. Weninger served as CNC president when it was placed 25 years ago.