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Metal Jewellery Design:
Tuition Credit Contest

Register for the Metal Jewellery Design Certificate in Campbell River before June 20, 2016 and be eligible to win a tuition credit! With Metal Jewellery Design at NIC, you'll be able to explore professional metal techniques, gemmology and more as you prepare to work in the jewellery industry.

Learn to conceptualize and create jewellery for artistic expression or as a source of income, and gain business skills to present and promote your designs.

Learn full details on the program, or contact Julia Peters for more information and with any questions: 250-923-9724, email:



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NIC Featured in Maclean's Magazine

North Island College's collaboration with 35 First Nations partners has been singled out nationally by Maclean's Magazine. The joint signing of an Indigenous Education protocol last year is recognized in Maclean's first ever 2016 Colleges Guide.

Click on the picture below to read the full article:


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Register Now For CE Screen Printing With Screen Master Andy MacDougall: March, April & May 2016

Study the art of screen printing this winter at the Comox Valley campus with acclaimed print master Andy MacDougall, known worldwide for his limited edition posters, prints and screen printing techniques.

MacDougall has been involved in the North American screen printing industry since 1979 and is the owner of Squeegeeville, a Comox Valley based company with worldwide clients from Nike, Facebook, the Canadian government and artist Roy Henry Vickers.

He authored the highly influential how-to text, Screen Printing Today, and travels annually to music events including Seattle';s Bumbershoot and Austin's SXSW where he organizes live printing demonstrations for the American Poster Institute Flatstock rock poster show.

Screen Printing Basics (SCR 010)

Saturday and Sunday, 9 am-4:30 pm

Learn the eight basic steps of screen printing and create a small print. April 9-10, 2016. Register Now.

Screen Printing - T-Shirts and Textiles (SCR 012)

Saturday and Sunday, 9 am-4:30 pm

Produce short runs while learning textile production, business and studio set-up techniques on single and multi-colour textile presses as well as flash and conveyor dryers. Some screen printing or graphic art experience preferred. Choose from March 5-6 or May 7-8, 2016. Register Now.

You can also register in person at any Student Services Office or for more information call: 250-334-5005. If you'd like to learn more about adult learning opportunities visit NIC Continuing Education online.


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New Trades Discovery Program Starts Mar 29 in Port Alberni

There are limited seats left so register now for March 29! Port Alberni students have the opportunity to explore five of BC’s most in-demand trades in a single program during NIC's first ever Trades Discovery program starting in March.

“This is an incredible opportunity for anyone wanting to try a trade in Port Alberni,” said Cheryl O’Connell, NIC’s Dean of Trades and Technology. “For the first time, NIC students can experience a wide range of trades in a single program.” NIC's expert faculty will share their knowledge and passion for their trades, while specialists on career development, communication, resumé building, education planning and workplace readiness will teach students how to find and keep a job. Read full press release details.

Registration Details: NIC's Trades Discovery program runs 12 weeks, starting March 29 in Port Alberni. Classes run Tuesday to Friday from 8:30am to 3:30pm. There are no prerequisites.

For more information, or to register, call Leanne Moore at 250-724-8705 or email


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Early Childhood Care & Education 2016/2017

Work towards your BC Certification! Join classes from the Port Alberni campus via interactive TV and online to participate in a vibrant community of learners with a broad range of experiences. Courses are scheduled during Monday and Thursday evenings, allowing you to continue with other commitments while studying.

Learn more about Community Care opportunities at North Island College.

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Student Loan Webinars for NIC Students

Government Student Loan Recipients: Sign-up for the National Student Loan Service Centre (NSLSC) repayment webinars to find out about interest savings & more! 

For students who have received government student loans during your academic life, these webinars are available to answer the question: ‘what happens next’ and to help provide options for repaying loans. 

We encourage you to look at the following dates to see which webinar best works for your schedule. These presentations are given by the NSLSC, are one hour in length and are free of charge.

Register here, and choose the time and date that works best for you. You will then receive an e-mail confirmation with the webinar login information.

Questions about student loans? NIC Student Services can help guide you to the right resources and assistance. Call: 1-800-715-0914 or email

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Komoux Toastmasters presents: Speech Craft

Gain public speaking skills with Komoux Toastmasters. Learn to speak in groups, gain self confidence and prepare for future careers and interviews. Six weekly sessions provide mentoring opportunities in a relaxed, friendly and supportive atmosphere.

When: Thursdays, April 14 - May 26
Time: 5pm - 7pm
Location: Discovery Hall, Room 203, Comox Valley campus
Registration: April 15h at 5pm.

Follow Komoux Toastmasters on Twitter & Facebook for updates, news and events notices.

Komoux Toastmasters


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Continuing Education: Wildfire Crew Training

Prepare now for summer employment as a wildland firefighter. Learn key skills to work as a wildland firefighter in just two weeks. Register now!

Dates: April 25 - May 6 or May 9 - May 20
Location: Campbell River Campus
Course Code: WFO PT

Find other Continuing Education courses of interest with our course search tool.

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Study Applied Business Technology

Attention continuing & invited Applied Business Technology (ABT) students: 

Appointments for ABT course planning for the upcoming Academic year 2016/2017 will begin on April 25. Please book your Education Advising appointment through Student Services at 1-800-715-0914

Take Your Office Career to the Next Level at NIC

Gain a wide range of business skills valued by employers with our Office Assistant Certificate, then continue your education by specializing in Administration, Medical, Computing Accounting, Legal Administration and Office Management. 

Balance work, family and study with our online courses available 24 hours a day. Participate in interactive classes, while you gain technical leadership skills. NIC"s dedicated faculty provide support and help when you need it. 

Seats fill quickly, so be sure to book your appointment with an educational advisor right away.


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Study Abroad in Crete with NIC, May 2016

Come to Crete with NIC! We will be running a Field School on the Greek island in the Spring of 2016 and open spots still remain.

In Search of Minoan Crete will offer an integrated exploration of that ancient civilization through three second-year Humanities courses: Anthropology 293, English 215 and History 205. Instructors Jim Anderson, Anne Cumming and Dan Hinman-Smith will lead these courses on Crete from May 2nd through May 27th. We will be staying at three separate locations on the east, centre and west of the island (Chania, Archanes and Ierepetra), and then using these as bases for exploring various Bronze Age archaeological sites on regular day trips.

The $3600 fee covers tuition for the three courses, accommodations, entrance fees, Greek lessons and transportation in Crete. It does not include either air fare to Greece or food.

For a brief overview of the Field School experience, including highlights of the 2015 Crete tour, please take a look at the video above.

You are also invited to join the In Search of Minoan Crete 2016 Facebook page.

Those who would like to register for the Field School should do so soon at your campus registration office.  A $1,000 deposit is required. 

Questions? Contact Jim Anderson at Dan Hinman-Smith at or Anne Cumming at


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New Course: Introduction to Climate Change

NIC is offering a brand new course this intersession, GEO 220 Introduction to Climate Change: Human and Ecological Dimensions. This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to examining climate change and includes scientific, social, economic, political, and ethical perspectives.

  • Course Date: May 2 - June 15, 2016
  • Where: Comox Valley campus, Tyee Hall Rm 202
  • Day & Time: 9am - 12pm lecture, Monday & Wednesdays
  • Course Code: GEO 220

Register online at myNIC or read course details. Questions? Email or call: 1-800-715-0914.


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Fine Arts Diploma Grad Show

Join NIC Fine Arts Diploma students for a unique art exhibition! The opening reception for the exhibition will be on May 6th from 7pm - 9pm in Shadbolt Studios, and will run May 9th to 20th. The studios are open to the public 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

This event is bringing together emerging artists from the Fine Arts Diploma program, whose artistic practices range from graphic design to painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, and photography. The public is invited to come and meet the up-and-coming artists during the opening reception and view their artwork throughout the run of the show. 



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NIC Nursing Program Seeks Community Volunteers

Volunteers from across the lifespan are needed to participate in health interviews and basic physical assessments with 1st year Nursing Students. The students will interview you about your heath and practice basic health assessment skills on a one to one basis. 

The skills that nursing students are practicing may include vital signs, mobility and basic observations with healthy individuals. They should not make you feel uncomfortable or threaten your privacy in any way. The students will make addressing confidentiality and your comfort a priority in the assessment and interview process.

NIC is seeking volunteers who are available in any of the four time slots below:

May 13:

  • 10am to 11:30 am
  • 1:30 pm  to 3:00 pm

May 20:

  • 10 am to 11:30 am
  • 1:30 am to 3:00 pm

The health interviews/assessments will take place at North Island College Nursing learning center on the 2nd floor of the Puntledge Building located on the East side of the Comox campus.

Thank-you for considering this opportunity to support nursing students at North Island College. For further information, or to confirm your interest in volunteering, please contact Joanna Fraser: or
telephone: 1-250 334 5000 ext 4034.


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Indigenous Rights Workshop: The Blanket Exercise

The Immigrant Welcome Centre invites NIC students to join them for the KAIROS Blanket Exercise, an interactive workshop that explores the historic relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.  

Mary Everson of the K’omoks Nation will be present to witness and share stories of her own lived experiences of the history explored by the Blanket Exercise. A total of 12 seats for participants from North Island College have been reserved. 

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Location: Lodge Room, Lower Native Sons Hall, 360 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay
Time: 12 pm - 5 pm.

Tickets: Please RSVP by May 3, 2016 by email to our coordinator for the event, Donna Sullivan, at, with “NIC RSVP Blanket Exercise” in the subject line of your email. 

We hope that you will join us for this powerful learning experience. Refreshments will be offered from 12 pm - 1 pm and the Blanket Exercise will begin at 1 pm. 


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Continuing Ed: Emergency Medical Responder 

The EMR course provides the knowledge and skills necessary in an emergency to help sustain life, reduce pain, and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness in a pre-hospital setting.

Course is for those providing emergency response; these may include firefighters, law enforcement officers, workplace responders, and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel. Includes CPR level HCP and AED. The certification is valid for three years.

This course also meets the pre-requisites for a student to go on to the next level and write the BC Gov't Emergency Medical Assistant (EMA) exams.

Space is limited so register today. Best to Register by May 9.

Course Details

Date: May 24 - June 3, 2016
Time: Mon - Fri; 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Ernie Payne
Location: Port Hardy Campus
Course Code: AET 020

Prerequisite(s): Participant must be certified in Standard First Aid with CPR level C or higher. Pre-reading and homework required, contact First Aid Dept at 250-334-5092 to arrange to get course materials. Minimum of 16 years of age. Students under 19 require a parent/ guardian signed waiver.

Questions? Contact NIC's Continuing Education today and find out more about personal and professional development courses. 


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Indulge in Taste 2016

North Island College Foundation invites you to indulge in Taste, an anniversary fundraising gala celebrating 40 years of student success in Campbell River.

Date: Friday, June 3, 2016
Location: Maritime Heritage Centre, 621 Island Highway, Campbell River
Time: 6 pm - 9 pm
Cost: $90, with proceeds supporting NIC students

To view our incredible menu or purchase tickets, visit the Taste website.

Taste Highlights

Join us for an evening of fabulous food, music, inspiring stories as well as giving opportunities that help local students. Meet NIC faculty, students and supporters and help us celebrate!

Your ticket includes appetizers, and incredible buffet dinner with complimentary table wine by 40 Knots Vineyard & Estate Winery, all topped off with a decadent dessert trio.

Follow the NIC Foundation on Facebook for news and updates on the event, or contact 250-334-5085, email:



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NIC 2016 Graduation Ceremony Dates

All Graduation dates, times and places have been set! Prepare to celebrate all the hard work and achievements of NIC students graduating in 2016. Are you an NIC 2016 grad? Post your photos on social media with the hashtag #IamNIC so that we can share your accomplishments!
June 8th, 6:00 pm Mt Waddington Regional Campus will host a celebration of completion.

June 14th, 1:00 pm Port Alberni ceremony at the Athletic Hall with reception to follow at the Gathering Place at the Port Alberni campus.

June 22nd, 2:00 pm Campbell River ceremony at the Campbell River campus with reception to follow at the campus.

June 23rd, 1:00 pm Comox Valley ceremony at the Sports Centre with reception to follow at the Comox Valley campus.

See more information about the graduation ceremonies including grad regalia and how to receive credentials. Questions? Contact Student Services at: 1-800-715-0914 or email:


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Flavour 2016: The North Island's Gourmet Picnic

Join us at Coastal Black Estate Winery for
our fourth Gourmet Picnic, showcasing the talents of our region’s finest chefs, producers and purveyors and supporting local students and education at North Island College.

Date: Sunday, September 18th, 2016
Location: Coastal Black Estate Winery
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Thanks to overwhelming support, Flavour has helped the NIC Foundation raise over $65,000, which is invested back into the community through scholarships and bursaries for North Island College students.

Exhibitor registration is on now!
Food and beverage exhibitors can by May 7 by emailing

When are ticket sales? June, date TBD

Visit the Flavour Gourmet Picnic website or the Foundation Facebook page & Twitter for event details, videos and ticket sales (set for June). #Flavour2016