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Training Initiatives Coming to North Island College

Are you unemployed with no attachment to EI in the last three years? If so, we may have a training initiative that is just right for you. This fall and winter season North Island College will offer the following training.

Prep Cook

Where: Port Alberni
When: September 12, 2016 – January 13, 2017


Coastal Forest Resources

Where: Port Alberni
When: November 28, 2016 – March 31, 2017


Enhanced Security Training

Where: Comox Valley
When: November 14, 2016 – December 9, 2016


Building Service Worker

Where: Port Alberni
When: January 16 – February 10, 2017


Coastal Forest Resource

Where: Port Hardy
When: March 13, 2017 – June 16, 2017


Enhanced Security Training

Where: Port Alberni
When: May 8, 2017 – June 5, 2017


Building Service Worker

Where: Campbell River
When: May 15, 2017 – June 9, 2017


To have your name added to our interest list please contact:

Campbell River: Wendy Samaroden @ or 250-923-9728.

Comox Valley: Karen McComber @ or 250-334-5000 Ext 4601.

Port Alberni: Leanne Moore @ or 250-724-8705.



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ECC Fall/Winter Courses: Work Toward BC Certification

Work toward your certification, maintain your current certification, gain credit for professional development and more with these upcoming ECC courses at NIC.

Fall 2016: Health Safety and Nutrition (ECC-168) 

NIC’s Early Childhood Care and Education program is pleased to offer Health Safety and Nutrition (ECC-168) at the Campbell River campus in fall 2016. This 30-hour course will take place on Monday evenings, 6 to  8 pm. The first class is scheduled for September 12, 2016.

Register today for this practical and informative course, recognized by the ECE Registry toward assistant certification and professional development hours.

Winter 2017: Foundations of Professional Practice (ECC-136)

This course provides an introduction to the commitment and responsibility involved in being an early childhood educator. It will be held Thursdays, 6-9pm with the first class scheduled for Jan 5, 2017. This is a campus-wide offering and will be held via Interactive TV. 

See full course description for more information, and to register. 

Learn more about the opportunities available for Community Care at North Island College, or contact Student Services with further questions at: or phone 1-800-715-0914.

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Comox Valley ElderCollege: Important Dates

Learn for fun, with no tests and no exams. North Island College's ElderCollege courses are for everyone, 55+. Nurture your lifelong love of learning with laughter, friendship and new knowledge. 

See all the Comox Valley ElderCollege courses available for Fall 2016.

Fall 2016

Event: Free Information Forum
Date: September 24, 2016
Time: 10 am
Location: Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus

Event: Registration Begins
Date: September 26, 2016
Time: 9 am
Location: Online or in person at the Comox Valley campus

Event: First Lecture
Date: October 1, 2016
Time: 10 am
Location: Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus

Event: First Courses
Date: October 3, 2016

Winter 2017

Event: Free Information Forum
Date: January 21, 2017
Time: 10 am
Location: Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus

Event: Registration Begins
Date: January 23, 2017
Time: 9 am
Location: Online or in person at the Comox Valley campus

Event: First Lecture
Date: January 28, 2017
Time: 10 am
Location: Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus

Event: First Courses
Date: January 30, 2017

For more information, email or call 250-334-5000 ext. 4602


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NIC Recreation Sports Nights

NIC Recreation Sports Nights are free for NIC students, with drop-in games every Thursday, 6pm to 7:30pm, alternating between indoor volleyball and indoor soccer.

Hosted by the Comox Valley Sports & Social Club, and co-sponsored by NISU, NIC, and NIC International.

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Write Here Reader Series:
English Faculty Reading & Open Mic

Join NIC's English faculty for an evening of public readings and an open mic, taking place Thursday, December 15, 2016 at the Comox Valley campus.

Come early and sign up for an open mic reading. You will be given five minutes to share your work. Everyone is welcome at this all ages event.

Where: Tyee Hall Lounge, Comox Valley Campus

When: 7 pm, Thursday December 15

Cost: Free

For more information, contact Judy Johnson at or 250-334-5000 ext. 4072.



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Coastal Forest Resource Program

This program is designed to prepare students to work in the Forest Industry in an entry level capacity. Health and safety in a forest environment, field skills necessary to work in the industry, environmental concerns, timber cruising knowledge and skills, and worksite readiness sessions are covered during the program.

When: November 28, 2016 - March 31, 2017
Where: Port Alberni Campus

This is a funded program so there are no costs to the student but there are eligibility criteria as outlined in the notice below.

For information about eligibility requirements contact Leanne Moore, Port Alberni Campus, at or phone 1-800-715-0914.


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December Math Tutorials - Drop In or Skype

The Library & Learning Commons welcomes all NIC students to transform their self-perception of the value of math at work and at home, and develop practical and meaningful applications of mathematics that will benefit your success at school, at work and at home.

Tutorials take place at the Comox Valley campus Library and Learning Commons and via Skype at the Campbell River and Port Alberni Library and Learning Commons.

December Tutorials:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 6: 1 pm - 3 pm
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7: 11 am - 1 pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13: 1 pm - 3 pm
  • Wednesday, Dec 14: 11 am - 1 pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 20: 1 pm - 3 pm
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21: 11 am - 1 pm

For more information and other resources available to NIC students at no cost visit the Library and Learning Commons website. 

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3-Hour Fiction Contest

Join other writers for the 3-Hour Fiction Contest, hosted by NIC at the Comox Valley campus. We'll give you an element or two that must appear in the story - a problem, a plot device, or character type - then in only three hours, you create an original story to wow the judges. Anyone can participate

Date: Sunday, December 11, 2016
Time: 1 pm - 4 pm
Location: Tyee Hall Rm 114, Comox Valley campus, 2300 Ryan Road

* Registration deadline is December 10, 4:30pm

To register, or for more information contact Steve Schoenhoff at 250-334-5094. 



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Introduction to Climate Change (GEO 220): Jan 2017

NIC is offering GEO 220 Introduction to Climate Change: Human and Ecological Dimensions starting January 2017 at the Comox Valley campus. This university transfer course takes an interdisciplinary approach to examining climate change and includes scientific, social, economic, political, and ethical perspectives.

  • Course Date: Jan 3 - Apr 6, 2017
  • Where: Comox Valley campus, Discovery Hall Rm 204
  • Day & Time: 2:30 pm - 4 pm lecture, Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • Course Code: GEO 220

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


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Kwak'wala Language Course: Jan 2017
Mount Waddington Campus

North Island College will be offering a provincial-level introduction to Kwak'wala Language course (KWA 096) at the Mount Waddington campus in Port Hardy, beginning January 2017.

Students will learn basic conversation, structure and pronunciation in a Kwak'wala language immersion setting with a focus on listening and speaking. Fluent elders will be involved in teaching this course.

When: Jan. 4 - Apr. 5, 2017
Time: Wednesday nights, from 5 pm - 8 pm
Where: Sacred Wolf Friendship Centre, Port Hardy
Course code: KWA-096

See course details and registration information.

Kwak'wala Instructor On CBC

NIC instructor Sara Child teaches Kwak'wala to CBC host Gregor Craigie! This course is open to anyone who wants to better understand the language and culture.

Listen to the CBC interview now!

Language and Healing Logo (Right)

This logo I designed for students learning our language. The tree, in the middle, is the cedar tree; our tree of life. It represents, the Hase’, the breath of our ancestors. The roots of the tree are those who are learning our language. This depicts the understanding that our Hase', our language, depends on each and every one of us for survival. Each of us must become more knowledgeable with the language. This will increase the longevity and lifespan of our Hase’ and bring forth a time of healing for all of our people. Healing is deeply rooted to the breath of our ancestors and reconnecting to all that we are. True healing can only be found in the revitalization of our languages. In the design the roots transform into the eagles wings, this stands for the journey we are taking and how we are taking flight with the Hase’. We are taking flight with our language into the revival of our culture and our heritage.

I originally drew the design for the people in my own community who are taking teacher training and taking up the challenge of language revitalization. But, now I see it’s much broader than that. The fight to revitalize our languages, is a fight for all Indigenous people, for language revitalization will be healing for all mankind and mother earth. I dedicate this design to anyone who wishes to commit to learning our languages.

- Rejean Child

Do you want to know more about studying at NIC's Mount Waddington campus? Visit our MW campus page or contact Student Services directly at: 250-949-7912, email:

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Music Industry Courses: A Primer

Looking to launch a career in the music industry? NIC's Continuing Education in the Comox Valley is offering a music industry primer course this January, 2017.

Instructor Keith Parry has spent twenty-five years in the music industry, successfully running Scratch Records. He has helped build and guide the careers of Black Mountain, Destroyer, New Pornographers/AC Newman, Thor and more. Keith designed and led the music business program at Nimbus School of Recording & Media. As a musician and songwriter, he has performed with Neko Case, the Pink Mountaintops, Superconductor, Vic Chesnutt and many more.

Music Industry Careers - A Primer (GENI-1890)

$125 for 2 classes / Jan 21 & 28, 2017
Explore potential careers and strategies to get started in the dynamic music business. Learn about the different opportunities for work and entrepreneurship in music.

Register online!

Learn more about NIC's Continuing Education courses, or contact Susan Billie at 250-334-5005, email for further course registration information and details. 


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NIC Continuing Education: Leadership Series 2017

Learn the essentials of leadership, communication and human resources that will give you the boost you need to be a confident and effective supervisor. Take one or two courses, or join all three to learn from a dynamic group of leaders with diverse career experiences and lots of practical ideas to share.

Leadership Essentials (LDS 015)

Date: January 21 & 28, 2017 (2 sessions)
Location: Campbell River campus
Time: 9 am to 4 pm
Cost: $289

Online Registration

Increase your effectiveness and confidence as a leader in this practical two-day course. Learn tools to effectively transition into a leadership role and develop skills to create a positive work environment and better business results. Class discussion will include characteristics and challenges in today's workplace, traits and skills that characterize a successful leader, how to evaluate your own skill set and how to motivate people, communicate effectively, inspire and build trust while managing your time and tasks effectively.

Instructor Donna Hains

DONNA HAINS has worked as a corporate trainer in leadership and human resources with clients and organizations across the province and in the Yukon. Her clients have included colleges; school districts; all levels of government; public safety and community organizations; not-for-profit; and private sector companies in manufacturing, mining, hospitality, transportation, retail and health. She was a program developer and facilitator in the School of Business at Camosun College for over a decade. Donna has a passion for inspiring and motivating people to develop their personal leadership capacity, enabling them to consistently and creatively improve their performance.

Communication Essentials (LDS 020)

Date: February 24 & March 4, 2017 (2 sessions)
Location: Campbell River campus
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Cost: $209

Online Registration

Make your voice count. Strong communication skills are an integral part of being an effective leader. They support a positive corporate culture, drive innovation and creativity, and make you more efficient in your role. Gain skills to share your expertise, ideas and strategies effectively with colleagues, executives, clients and customers. Class discussion and exercises will help you identify the best way to share information with different audiences, manage anxiety, understand generational differences in communication and craft effective presentations. Learn practical skills and coaching that you can use immediately.

Instructor Sharon Edwards

SHARON EDWARDS is a presentation skills coach, facilitator, and writer who fosters innovation and creativity through great communication.

Sharon honed her communication skills over 25 years as an award winning broadcast journalist (including time as host of CBC Radio Calgary) and has been teaching those skills for over a decade through her company, The Voice of Influence.

She has also taught for the CPA of Alberta and the Radio and Television Arts program at Seneca College in Toronto. The theme that runs through her work is clear: becoming a great communicator is the way to get the highest return on the investment you have made in yourself and your career.

Human Resource Essentials (LDS 025)

Date: March 18 24 & 25, 2017 (2 sessions)
Location: Campbell River campus
Time: 9 am to 4 pm
Cost: $289

Online Registration

People are an organization’s most important asset. Strategic human resource practices that align with your organization’s vision and strategy ensure employees deliver desired outcomes. Through presentation, discussion and small group breakout sessions you will learn key elements of strategic human resource practice, including: staffing; development; compensation; succession planning; health and safety and labour relations. Work as a group to assemble components of a handbook to take away and use in your organization. Whether you are a current or aspiring leader or human resource professional, this course will increase your knowledge of the important technical aspects of human resource management while helping you create practical materials to use in your business and/or career.

Instructor Jennifer White

JENNIFER WHITE has worked in a variety of organizations as a leader, coach and consultant. She has an MBA in International Business and has travelled and worked in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Yemen, UAE and Oman. After 25 years in the oil and gas industry, she left her management role and established a business and HR consulting firm, White and Colleagues Inc.

Her clients have included companies in high tech, oil and gas, service and government and she has implemented human resource systems for companies ranging from 10 to 52,000 employees.

Jennifer has been a conference presenter and instructor for the University of Calgary, the Southern Institute of Technology, Mount Royal College, Queens University and the Conference Board of Canada.

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Professional Cook Program in Port Alberni

Be in demand. The BC 2024 Labour Economic Outlook predicts chefs will be one of the most in-demand occupational groups requiring post-secondary training in BC, with more than 4,300 job openings available to 2024.

Start your career as a Professional Cook in Port Alberni, January 2017, while honing your skills in our state of the art training facilities.

Date: January 30, 2017 - August 11, 2017
Location: Port Alberni campus, Culinary Arts building, Rm 118
Times: Mon-Fri, 8am - 3:30 pm

More details on Professional Cook 1 (PCA 100)

Questions about the Professional Cook program at NIC? Visit the Culinary Arts program page or watch this video featuring the Port Alberni culinary arts kitchen. You can also contact for more information.



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Metal Jewellery Design Certificate Info Session

Graduates of this program pursue employment within the jewellery industry, or operate their own business or studio workshop. 

Attend a free information session to learn about NIC's Metal Jewellery Design Certificate and part-time courses. Meet instructors, ask questions, and discover the field of jewellery making and design.

Admission is free, registration is required to attend so visit the course information to register online.

Date: February 23, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm - 8 pm
Location: Metal Jewellery Studio (Rm D209), Campbell River campus

For more information contact Julia Peters at or call: 250-923-9724.