NC Glossary

The following are terms you may hear around campus.

  • The Armoury: Campus pub located at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus that is run by the Student Administrative Council.
  • Blackboard: A widely used educational system which includes information related to course materials, learning materials, assessments, and a calendar.
  • CFWI: Canadian Food and Wine Institute – Offers various academic programs which prepares students for the real world of beer, wine, and culinary professions.
  • Co-Curricular Record (CCR): The CCR is an official Niagara College transcript which lists all of the ways in which a student got involved. The CCR is created after the student has submitted their experiences to the getinvolved.NiagaraCollege.ca portal.
  • Co-operative Education (Co-op): Students in a co-op program can earn money while working in an approved co-op placement. Co-operative education integrates academic studies with paid work experience. Work terms are usually four months long but can be longer depending on the program.
  • Convocation: Graduation ceremony for all full-time and part-time students.
  • Students in the CoreThe Core: Campus pub located at the Welland campus that is run by the Student Administrative Council.
  • Credit: Depending on the institution, students obtain a half or one credit for each successfully completed course.
  • Curriculum: Contents of a course or program.
  • First Gen: First Gen is an abbreviation for a Frist Generation student which is a student whose parents did not attend post-secondary.
  • Getinvolved.NiagaraCollege.ca: The Get Involved portal lists upcoming events and volunteer opportunities on campus and in the community.
  • Graduate/Postgraduate: Graduate, sometimes called postgraduate, programs lead to advanced degrees, diplomas and certificates for which a first degree/diploma is a prerequisite. Students in graduate programs are called graduate students.
  • HT: Abbreviation for the Hospitality and Tourism building at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus.
  • Internships: Practical, supervised period of work experience (paid or unpaid) for students to acquire skills in their field of study.
  • KPI: Key Performance Indicators, also known as KPI or Key Success Indicators (KSI), help an organization define and measure progress toward organizational goals.
  • Mature Student: A mature student is someone who is 19 years of age on or before the date they start college and has never graduated from a secondary school (high school). This definition will be different for mature students applying to university. Mature applicants and students still must have all admission requirements.
  • Mycareer: Formerly the Job Centre, mycareer offers employment support to all students and is located at mycareer.niagaracollege.ca
  • NICOLE: Niagara College Online Enrolment System – Used to activate computer account and email and allows students to select their timetables.
  • NOTL: NOTL is an abbreviation that is used to represent the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus.
  • Orientation: A program offered at the beginning of the academic year to new students to familiarize them with the campus, services, and their academic programs.
  • OSAP: Ontario Student Assistance Program – financial assistance that is offered to students and that is funded by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. The loan must be repaid over a period of years after the studies have been completed.
  • Peer Mentor: A Peer Mentor is matched with a first year student in order to provide support for all of the major transitions NC students face during their first year of post-secondary.
  • Peer Tutor: A student who has excelled in a course assists another student who is experiencing difficulties in that same course.
  • Prerequisites: Courses necessary to successfully complete before taking specific higher level courses.
  • Student Administrative Council (SAC): The Student Administrative Council (SAC) is comprised of twelve students, six from the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, and six from the Welland Campus as well as one full-time President. SAC is elected annually by the student body at each campus, and the full-time President is appointed annually by the Board of Directors. The members of SAC work hard every day to help out their fellow students in any way they can.
  • Transcript: An official transcript is the original record verifying your enrollment and achievement, and certified by the institution. It is normally sent directly, by mail or electronically, on your request.
  • Transfer: The granting of credit (transfer credit) toward a credential by one institution, for programs or courses completed at another.
  • UPASS: The UPASS gives students unlimited access to transit services in Welland, St. Catharines, Thorold and Niagara Falls.
  • Yerich: Auditorium/Lecture Hall located at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus.