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|Type||Public (Post-Secondary) community college|
1st & 2nd year university transferBachelor of Business Administration Degrees
|Location||Victoria, British Columbia, Canada|
|Campus||Urban/Rural Lansdowne and Interurban|
|Sports teams||Camosun Chargers|
|Affiliations||ACCC, CCAA, CBIE, CUP.|
Camosun College is located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. As of 2009 it had over 12,500 full-time and part-time students (8,600 FTEs) between its Lansdowne and Interurban campuses. The Lansdowne campus provides university transfer and access programs, as well as career, technical and vocational programs in the fields of the arts, sciences, business, health and human services. Village 900 CKMO, the student-operated campus radio is based on the Lansdowne campus. The Interurban campus delivers programs in the trades, technologies, business, sport and exercise education, and access programs. The university press, The Nexus, is a member of CUP. The enabling legislation is the College and Institute Act 
Camosun College enrolled its first students in September 1971 when it opened as a two-year institution offering university transfer, vocational and upgrading courses to the residents of southern Vancouver Island. The roots of the College began in 1914 when the Young Building was built as Victoria's first Normal School on part of a seven and a half acre plot belonging to the Hudson's Bay Company. The school's enrollment at the time was about 275.
During the second world war, the Young Building was converted into a military hospital. In 1946, the building was returned to its original function as an educational institution shared between the Normal School and Victoria College, which were united in 1955.
In 1967 the Normal School and Victoria College moved to the site of the Gordon Head Campus of the University of Victoria and the Institute of Adult Studies was established by the Greater Victoria School Board. The Institute of Adult Studies was located in what is currently the Ewing Building, and was the first centre in Canada to offer daytime courses for adults wishing to upgrade to high school graduation. From the inception of the Institute, local interest in a community college grew. On October 9, 1970 Victoria residents voted in favour of establishing a college, and plans for “Juan de Fuca” College were followed. The provincial government formally approved the college on October 27, 1970.
In 1971 the college councilors voted on a name change, and “Camosun” (pronounced Cam-O-sun) was chosen, as it was an early name for Victoria. It is originally a Lekwungen (Songhees) name for an area of Victoria where different waters meet and are transformed. By September 1971 the final steps toward the realization of a college were taken when Camosun (Lansdowne campus) and the BC Vocational School (Interurban campus) merged to become BC’s ninth community college.
Camosun College has two campuses, Lansdowne and Interurban. Lansdowne campus sits on the corner of Lansdowne and Foul Bay Roads, overlooking the city of Victoria and the Olympic Mountains and is home to more than 4500 students. Interurban campus is located in a rural Saanich setting, approximately 15-minutes from downtown, where over 3900 students attend classes.
Lansdowne campus is located high on the corner of Lansdowne and Foul Bay Roads, offering spectacular views of Victoria and the Olympic mountains. Each semester, Lansdowne campus has 4,500 students enrolled in university transfer, college preparatory and access programs as well as career programs in arts, science, business, health and human services.
The campus facilities are surrounded by scenic tree-lined grounds. The Alan Batey Library, opened in 1991, is located prominently in the centre of the campus. The Dental Health Education Centre, opened in 1990, stands opposite the Library. The newest facility on campus is the Wilna Thomas Building with its adjoining Cultural Centre.
The Isabel Dawson building is the centre for most student services including information & registration, academic advising, financial aid, assessment, disability support services, international student services, counselling and the career resource centre. The Fisher building houses the campus bookstore and cafeteria, as well as classrooms, labs and offices for nursing, biology, physics, chemistry and other disciplines. The Paul Building and Richmond House also provide space for classrooms, labs and offices. The Child Care Centre looks after about 25 children on campus.
In the southeast corner of the campus the Dunlop House is a heritage building which houses the Hotel and Restaurant Management program’s student-operated restaurant. In contrast to all the facilities on campus, the 1914 Young Building with its famous clock tower and Italian Renaissance architecture, presides over the south-west corner of the campus as an historic landmark in the city.
Located in Saanich, Interurban campus is in a rural country-like setting and approximately 15-minutes from downtown. More than 3,900 students attend classes at Interurban campus, enrolled in trades, technology, business or access programs.
Conveniently close to Interurban Road, the Campus Centre is the first point of entry for people seeking information about Camosun programs and services. The Campus Centre houses Information & Registration, the career resource centre, academic advising, counselling, student and alumni employment services, the bookstore, library, fitness centre, Student Society offices and a number of administrative offices, meeting rooms and classrooms. On the courtyard side of the building the attractive clock-tower faces a totem pole carved especially for Camosun by Richard Hunt, as part of the 1994 Commonwealth Games legacy.
Central to the campus sits the Helmut Huber Cook Training Centre, where the campus community enjoys nutritious and reasonably-priced meals for breakfast and lunch, prepared by students in the Culinary Arts Foundation program. In the evening, part of the cafeteria is transformed into the Classroom Restaurant, where chefs-intraining provide a delightful gourmet dining experience.
On the north end of the campus, the Jack White and John Drysdale buildings house the offices of Continuing Education and Contract Training and most of Camosun’s trades programs. Several entry level, apprenticeship, pre-employment and upgrading programs operate year-round, all providing an effective mix of in-class learning and hands-on shop work.
Atop the hill, overlooking the campus, you’ll find the Technology Centre and the Centre for Business and Access. Joined together in the middle, these buildings provide a welcoming atmosphere for students, with plant-filled atriums and interesting architecture. In the campus Child Care Centre, infants, toddlers and preschoolers receive high quality daily care. The Centre is surrounded by natural woodland, fields and walking trails.
Behind the campus sits the new Vancouver Island Technology Park, providing easy access for Camosun faculty and students entering into partnerships with local industry and research projects. Interurban’s newest facility located onf the south side of the campus, the Pacific Sport Institute, a centre for academic and athletic excellence, was completed September 2008. The centre is a unique partnership between Camosun College and Pacific Sport Victoria and brings together local and national-level sport education, leadership, research and athletic development under one roof.
Scholarships & Bursaries 
The Government of Canada sponsors an Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool that lists over 680 scholarships, bursaries, and other incentives offered by governments, universities, and industry to support Aboriginal post-secondary participation. Camosun College scholarships for Aboriginal, First Nations and Métis students include: Eulau Howard Memorial Award; WSΆNEC' School Board Award; Mamawi-Atoskiwin; Allen and Loreen Vandekerkhove Family Foundation Bursary for Aboriginal Health and Human Services Students; Dorothy Price Treasure Box of Awards for First Nations Students.
- Kathryn Laurin
Includes the departments and programs: Academic Upgrading, Employment Training & Preparation, Career and Education Exploration, Access Certificate Programs in Business, Sports and Technologies, and English as a Second Language,, Aboriginal programs and courses with Indigenous content.
- Arts and Science
Includes the departments and programs: Applied Communication, Applied Chemistry & Biotechnology, Biology, Broadcast Journalism, Chemistry & Geoscience, Criminal Justice, English, Environmental Technology, Geography (science), Humanities: French, Japanese, Chinese, History & Philosophy, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Psychology, Social Sciences: Anthropology, Geography, Political Science, Asia-Pacific Studies, Social Science Research Methods, Sociology, and Visual Arts
Includes the departments and programs: Accounting, Applied Business Technology, Business Administration Skills, Business Access Certification Program, Finance & Economics, Information Management, eBusiness and Quantitative Methods, Marketing / General Management / Public Administration, Professional Golf Management and Tourism Management.
- Health and Human Services
Includes programs: Certified Dental Assistant, Community Support Worker, Dental Clinic Services, Dental Hygiene, Early Childhood Care & Education, Fast Track Home Support Resident Care Attendant Program, Indigenous Family Support, First Nations Home Support / Resident Care Attendant Program, Home Support / Resident Care Attendant, Home support/Resident Care Attendant-ESL, Nursing, Medical Laboratory Assistant, Practical Nurse, and Practical Nurse Access.
- Trades and Technology
Includes programs: Automotive Mechanic, Carpentry, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Culinary Art, Electrical, Electronics Engineering, Fine Furniture, Heavy Duty / Commercial Transport Mechanic, Horticulture, Mechanical Engineering, Nautical Training, Plumbing / Pipe Trades, Sheet Metal, and Welding. Camosun also offers 6-month Engineering Bridge programs which allow students with an Engineering Technology diploma to upgrade their academic skills and enter the 3rd year of an Engineering program at the University of Victoria or the University of British Columbia.
- Centre for Sport and Exercise Education
Includes programs: Sport Management Diploma – commencing September 2007, Coach and Athlete Development Diploma – commencing September 2008, Athlete and Exercise Therapy Applied Degree - commencing September 2008, and Sport and Fitness Leadership Applied Degree – commencing September 2008
Sports and Students' Union Activities 
Camosun College has five sports teams (all called the Chargers): Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Men's Volleyball, Women's Volleyball, and Men's Golf.
Camosun College has dozens of clubs representing a huge variety of activities, and beliefs. Some of those clubs include:
Associate Degree Club, British Columbia Young Liberals of Camosun, Camosun College Greens, Camosun College Persian Club, Debate Club, Psychology Club, French Club, Chinese Conversation Club, Falun Gong Club, International Club, Students for Environmental Awareness, Japanese Conversation Club, Carpe Diem/ Ballroom Dance, Camosun NDP, Speakers Cornered Toastmasters #6265 (formerly Context Shifters), Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship, Mechanical Engineers Club, Poker Club, Bob's Wrenchman, and Camosun Cashflow Club
Student Affairs 
- The student union on Campus is the Camosun College Student Society, where directors are elected for one year terms. Elections are every March/April and By-Elections in October.
- The Nexus is Camosun College's official student newspaper and is editorially separate from the Camosun College Student Society.
- CKMO is a non-profit campus/instructional radio station.
See also 
- University of Victoria - neighbouring school
- Royal Roads University - neighbouring school
- List of institutes and colleges in British Columbia
- List of universities in British Columbia
- Higher education in British Columbia
- Education in Canada
- Camosun College Website
- Nexus Newspaper (Camosun student paper)
- Beside the Point (Camosun student literary journal)
- Camosun Chargers Website
- Camosun College Student Society
- First Nations Student Association
- Camosun College International
- Engineering Bridge Website
- Camosun College Factulty Association Website
- CUPE Local 2081 Website
- Camosun College Library Website
- http://www.qp.gov.bc.ca/statreg/stat/C/96052_01.htm College and Institute Act
- http://www.ic.gc.ca/app/opic-cipo/trdmrks/srch/vwTrdmrk.do;jsessionid=0001nQO0GxekC2eNmFOKWl6CdPN:1LNLUVUR73?lang=eng&status=&fileNumber=1384577&extension=0&startingDocumentIndexOnPage=1 trade-mark
- http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=U1ARTU0000768 The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada
- Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool
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