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2016/2017 Comox Valley & Campbell River Guide

Your complete guide to professional and personal development at NIC's Comox Valley and Campbell River campuses. Find courses in areas that interest you, from Arts and Language to First Aid, Safety Training and Trades & Technology.
"I am extremely proud of North Island College's continued commitment to high quality, affordable education and skills training on Vancouver Island. Whether you are seeking personal or professional development, our focus is on helping you succeed."
- John Bowman, NIC President

View this guide, or visit NIC's Continuing Education for more information about learning opportunities in your community.


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NIC Viewbook 2017

Still considering all your program options? Our 2017 Viewbook provides an overview of NIC programs, locations, and costs, along with all the details you need to get started. 


• Guaranteed transfer to university
• Spend less for the same education
• Earn job-ready skills
• Learn in a supportive environment
• Study with expert instructors
• Enjoy state-of-the-art facilities
• Succeed with small class sizes

Questions about studying at NIC? Contact us at: or phone 1-800-715-0914.

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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: October 17, 2016 – November 24, 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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Blackboard Learn Info Sessions

Introduction to Blackboard Learn sessions will be held across our campus libraries and ITV rooms for the month of September. Join us during a session that is convenient for you and get the Blackboard basics! Feel free to bring your personal device and we will help you connect.
Also check out the Blackboard learn online tech support available on the NIC library website. Here you can watch a intro video, take an app tour and more. 
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ECC Fall/Winter Courses: Work Towards 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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Did You Know? Pay4Printing Services at NIC

You can easily and conveniently purchase, track and use printing services at NIC through Pay4Print, and your login and password is the same as your myNIC account!

When you sign in with your myNIC info (n + student number) you can:

  • Deposit funds to your account using a credit card or an Interac debit card
  • View the account balance
  • View past transactions made via the Pay4Print portal

For more questions or help on our Pay4Print services visit Student Tech Services and find further assistance with adding funds, printing, checking your balance, and more. 

You can also purchase NIC PrintBucks in increments of $1 or $5 at NIC Bookstores (cash only). Only outside of bookstore hours can PrintBucks be purchased at NIC campus libraries (also cash only). 

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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. 

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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The following Comox Valley Elder College Fall Courses have been cancelled: 5450 CVS1 and CVS2 (am classes). For more information about ElderCollege courses at NIC, visit the ElderCollege page of our website. Questions? Contact: 250-334-5000 ex.4602, or email:

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Canadian Music Industry Courses: NIC Continuing Education

Looking to launch a career in the music industry? NIC can help - we have exciting new Continuing Education opportunities in the Comox Valley just for you!

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 approx for 2 classes / Sep 27 & 29, 2016 or 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 and where the jobs are...
Register online!

Music Industry Toolkit (MUS-010)

$595 apprpox for 10 classes / Oct 11 - Nov 3, 2016
Acquire the skills needed to survive in the Canadian music industry. Learn about the internal structure of the industry, and discuss standard legal practices and effective business strategies...
Register online!

Music Industry Entrepreneurship

Soon to be scheduled.

Questions? Contact NIC's Continuing Education for more information at 1-800-715-0914 or email Julia Peters at:

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NIC Foundation Awards Receptions - Comox Valley

Please check your invitation letter which notes your reception night.

Date/Time: Wednesday, Sept 28, 7pm OR Thursday, Sept 29, 7pm
Location: Ballroom, Crown Isle Resort, 399 Clubhouse Drive, Courtenay

We are proud to host our annual NIC Foundation Awards reception in Courtenay over two spectacular evenings on September 28 and 29.

This special reception brings together our 2016 Scholarship & Bursary student recipients, staff, faculty and donors to celebrate student success.

Invited guests are asked to RSVP for this event, contact Jane Hay with the NIC Foundation at 250-334-5074 or email

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The Mount Waddington Regional campus is closed again this afternoon, Sept 28, for maintenance. It is scheduled to reopen tomorrow morning.

Check this notice for updates and confirmation of regular scheduled classes tomorrow morning, Sept. 29, 2016.

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NIC’s Write Here Readers Series Returns

Date: Thursday, September 29
Time: 7 pm
Location: NIC Comox Valley Campus, Tyee Hall

Fred Stenson

Fred Stenson's sixth novel and ninth book of fiction, Who By Fire was published by Doubleday Canada in 2014. Stenson is the author of eighteen books in all and 150 films and videos. His titles include a trio of historical novels The Great Karoo, Lightning and The Trade.

He has won several awards for his fiction:  the WGA George Bugnet Novel Award (2001), The City of Edmonton Book Prize (2001), and the Grant MacEwan Writer’s Prize (2001 and 2006), and the CAA Fiction Award (1975). The Trade was shortlisted for the Giller Prize in 2000. The Great Karoo was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction in 2008.

Thing Feigned or Imagined, Stenson’s book on the craft of fiction is available from Banff Centre Press. Stenson directed the Wired Writing Studio at The Banff Centre for 15 years. He is a regular columnist for Alberta Views magazine. He lives in Cochrane, Alberta.

Lorin Medley

Lorin Medley is a writer from Comox, BC with poetry and short stories published in Portal magazine and in The Puritan, one of Canada’s premier online literary magazines.

She won the 2014 Islands Short Fiction Contest and the 2015 Books Matter poetry prize and was long listed for the 2016 Prism International Poetry Contest.

Myron Shutty

Myron Shutty has a Creative Writing degree from the University of Victoria. He lives in the Comox Valley with his wife and has entered the empty-nest stage of life.

Myron is a member of The Scribblers writing group and enjoys seeing what will come out of his pen.

Learn more about NIC's Write Here Readers Series and upcoming author readings on our Facebook group  or visit the WHRS page. 



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Take the Floor: Bigger Than Work with Eric Termuende

International speaker Eric Termuende will be speaking at the NIC Comox Valley campus' Stan Hagen Theatre on Oct. 6. Learn about investing in employees and how your business can develop succession plans, attract loyal customers, invest in the community, retain employees, and more. 

Hosted by the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by NIC, this event is open to the public and starts at 6pm. Tickets are available on the Chamber website. 

About Eric Termuende

Eric is the co-founder of Dryver, an acclaimed company that helps organizations optimize workplace culture. He has previously visited NIC as part of the 2015 Future of the Workforce conference hosted by NIC Tourism students. 

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Enhanced Security Guard Program

Security guards work in hospitals, retail stores, shopping malls, offices, licensed establishments and other locations to prevent the loss of property and provide security. In BC, all security guards must be licensed and have completed appropriate training.

This NIC Continuing Education course provides the knowledge and practical skills required for entry into the field, including mandatory training required for provincial licensing under the Security Services Act.

Additional modules provide practical application of skills, and additional certification in WHMIS, Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Occupational First Aid Level 1, and Traffic Control (Flagperson training).

To confirm your eligibility:

Contact North Island College, Continuing Education: - or 250-334-5000 ext. 4601.

Program Dates:

      Fall 2016:  October 17 – November 14, 2016 Monday through Friday, 9:00-5:00 pm


Classes will be held at Crown Isle Resort

Funding Eligibility:

Funding for this program is provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund. Tuition and textbooks are provided at no cost to eligible participants. Sponsorship does not include living expenses.

All participants must meet the following basic eligibility criteria:

• Unemployed – NON EI eligible
• Employed

Full time (30+ hours/week) in a seasonal, casual or part-time position
Part-time (<20 hours/week)
Either full time or part time but without a High School diploma or recognized certification
Either full time or part time but not utilizing your education and/or experience in your current job

• be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
• be legally entitled to work in Canada
• currently be living in British Columbia
• consent to a criminal record check, a police information check and a correctional service check
• not be a student (i.e., not enrolled in high school or post-secondary training) and
• at the time the training is to take place, not be participating in another provincially or federally funded
labour market program.

Participation Requirements:

You should be in good physical condition; able to work standing for long periods of time; able to lift items weighing up to 20 pounds; and able to read and write in English. A criminal record check is required for admission.

Visit NIC Continuing Education for more information about all of our upcoming opportunities for personal and professional development. Courses have been developed with community feedback to address regional employment needs.


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NIC presents filmmaker Neil Vokey for a screening of Goodwin's Way, a documentary that traces the history of Cumberland through its relationship with World War I labour activist Ginger Goodwin.

Where: Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC Comox Valley Campus
When: Monday, October 17, 7 pm
Cost: Free

For more information email

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NIC Information Night

Save the date! NIC’s Information Night for any and all prospective NIC students takes place at the Campbell River campus theatre Tuesday, October 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Admission is free.

Get the answers and support you need to make your choice and ease the transition to college, whether you are a high school student or an adult looking to upgrade. If you're interested in studying at NIC this is an event for you.

Join us for an enjoyable evening to learn about programs from faculty who teach them, ask application questions, tour workshops and learn more about programs and courses in Campbell River. 

You can also enter to win a $500 tuition credit!

For more information about the event contact Danielle Hoogland at 250-923-9700 ext 4102 or email: Curious about what NIC has to offer? View our Programs and Courses guide.

NIC Information Night in Campbell River


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Comox Valley Parent Info Night

Save the date! NIC’s second annual Parent Info Night takes place at the Comox Valley campus' Stan Hagen Theatre on Tuesday, November 15 from 6:30pm to 8:00 pm.

Get the answers and support you need to make your choice and ease the transition to college.

This will be an enjoyable evening for parents and high school students to learn about programs from faculty who teach them, and to ask advisors your application questions.

For more information about the event contact Lori Boray at 250-334-5267 or email:

Curious about what NIC has to offer? view our Programs and Courses guide.


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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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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.