Educational Assistant program coming to Port Hardy

NIC is expanding its Community Support/Educational Assistant Certificate program to Port Hardy.

The program, Human Services Certificate – Educational Assistant/Community Support, Indigenous Focus program allows students to build their practice as a community support work or education assistant, with specific focus on integrating Indigenous culture and ways of knowing and being into the program

“This program is first and foremost about providing support to individuals in the community,” said Kathleen Haggith, NIC’s dean with the Faculty of Health and Human Services. “It is work that people are passionate and excited about and we’re thrilled to be able to offer the content digitally in Port Hardy.”

The program is being offered in partnership with the Mount Waddington Family Literacy Society and the Community Workforce Response Grant with funding provided by the Canada-British Columbia Workplace Development Agreement.

“We’re thrilled to partner with NIC to bring this important program to our region and increase our community capacity to ensure our community members have the supports they need,” said Leslie Dyck, Mount Waddington Literacy Outreach Coordinator.

The program will be offered through digital delivery, with practicum placements taking place in the community, following health and safety guidelines.

“Being able to complete practicum placements locally means students are able to stay in community  to complete that part of their program which is an essential aspect of access” said Haggith.

Applications are being accepted until August 14. The program begins September 9.

For an application package, email the Mount Waddington Family Literacy Society at

For more information about all NIC’s human service programs, visit

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