Jazzing up the CIC Community

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One of the main focuses of music education is to encourage students to build relationships by providing them experiences to share with others.  As a music teacher, James Lawlis understands this concept as he’s been teaching his students self-discipline, dedication, teamwork and self-confidence for 16 years. James Lawlis’ musical journey began in London, Ontario where he lived there for the…

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Intelligence, Hard Work and Luck

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Laura Arias Fernandez smiles brightly when asked if she’s decided where she’s going after Columbia International College.  With her love for computer science and physics she says, “I’m going to the University of Minnesota for Computer Engineering.” Laura came from Spain three years ago to pursue her education abroad in Canada.  She looked into schools and found that CIC had…

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40th Anniversary Gala

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40th Anniversary Celebration Series: Gala  May 14th, 2019 40 years ago Mr. Clement Chan founded Columbia International College in January of 1979.  His goal was to find good ways to help the international students achieve success.  Year after year, the school began to expand in size and in numbers.  What was once a six classroom school with four teachers and…

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Private Concert at the FirstOntario Concert Hall

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40th Anniversary Celebration Series: Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra Concert May 13, 2019 After 40 years, every department at CIC has devoted whole-heartedly their care, love, and promise to ensure that not only the school thrives but that the students are supported on their journey to success.  The four pillars of Total Care Education System: Learning, Development, Living and Communication has always…

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40th Anniversary Essay Scholarship Winner

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  In celebration of CIC’s 40th Anniversary milestone, students were invited to submit an essay on how CIC will impact their future selves at 40 years old.  The first prize winner would receive $10,000 with 50% donated to their charity of choice.  The scholarship was given by the Columbia International Scholarship Endowment Fund.  The foundation is a registered charity that…

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It’s Not What We Do, It’s How We Do It: The Story of Bill Ironside

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To be a Principal for a school is an incredible experience and it is a great responsibility to be one of the leaders for Columbia International College.  For Bill Ironside, he’s been working in the education sector for almost 32 years! Meet Bill Ironside from Collingwood, Ontario.  Bill has had the privilege of teaching and being the Principal in different…

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A Family’s Accomplishment

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Incredible achievements are constantly happening at Columbia International College, whether big or small.  For Mariano Garcia Duenas Carrion, he notably received the Best Delegate Award and the Delegates Award at New York’s Model UN Conference in 2019.  The Model UN team had been training for this conference twice a week since August of 2018.  These awards were given to him…

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CIC places 13th on the Top 50 Fundraisers of 2018

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Congratulations to the students of Columbia International College who participated in the Terry Fox School Run.  CIC placed 13th in the secondary division on the Terry Fox Foundation’s ‘Top 50 Fundraisers of 2018’ listing!  With more than 4,200 Ontario schools raising over $7 million for the Terry Fox Foundation, CIC students raised $16,843.41! Terry Fox (July 28, 1958 – June…

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