Camosun College at 50:
Honouring the Past, Inspiring the Future

Camosun officially celebrated opening its doors as a post-secondary institution offering university transfer, vocational and upgrading courses to 980 registered students on Sept. 16, 1971. A plaque in the Young Building commemorates the event. Today, the college’s Lansdowne and Interurban campuses, along with five community partner learning sites, offer over 160 innovative, life-changing academic and applied learning programs to over 20,400+ students each year.

Camosun: Then & Now

Camosun welcomed its first students in 1971 as B.C.’s ninth community college. Over the last 50 years, the college has grown into one of the province’s largest post-secondary institutes. Take a look at Camosun’s history: Then and Now!

Support a student

Camosun College students are making a difference in our world every day. Each year we prepare thousands of highly-qualified, career-ready graduates for an ever-changing workforce. There are many different ways you can support Camosun students.

50 years of stories & memories

Our stories reveal who we are and where we’ve come from. Read the stories shared by Camosun alumni, students, faculty, staff and retirees.

Fast Forward

Today, Camosun is a vibrant, future-focused educational institution, home to 20,400+ students and 1,200 faculty and staff. As we celebrate our history, our Indigenous connections and educational mission, we turn our heads forward to our exciting plans for the future.

Seeking knowledge in these territories

Camosun College serves the communities of southern Vancouver Island and the southern Gulf Islands. With deep respect and gratitude, Camosun College acknowledges these as the traditional territories of the Esquimalt, Lekwungen (Esquimalt and Songhees), Malahat, Pacheedaht, Scia’new, T’Sou-ke and W̱SÁNEĆ (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) peoples. Camosun learners, instructors, support staff and leadership are all enriched by the friendship and gracious welcome extended by our traditional hosts and by the beauty of the land on which we live, work and learn.

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