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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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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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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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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 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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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:  November 14 - December 9, 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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Celebrating Halloween Respectfully and Safely

Halloween occurs on October 31st, this is a good time to remind everyone that Halloween is about fun, it is not intended to offend, threaten or stereotype another person or group. A safe and respectful campus is important at North Island College.

Please think before you dress up. While planning your Halloween costume be respectful and sensitive in your choices. Do not mimic cultural, racial or ethnic groups, and do not wear costumes that could cause people to be concerned or feel threatened about their safety (for example: scary clowns, inclusion of fake weapons, etc.). Characters that act in a threatening manner are not acceptable on campus.   

North Island College’s work in this regard is regulated by NIC policy #2-11. If you have questions about your costume choice, please check with the Student Services office.

Thank you for helping to create a respectful and safe environment at North Island College! 

Kind regards,

NIC's Threat Assessment Team

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When: Thursday, October 20 at 7:00 PM to Dec 15
Where: Tyee Hall Lounge, NIC Comox Valley Campus
Cost: Free

Join NIC's English faculty for a series of public readings and open mic events, taking place on the third Thursday of each month this fall at NIC.

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 October 20, November 17 & December 15

Cost: Free

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


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NIC's Global Learning Initiative Presents: 

Our Journey: A reflection of learning through traditions, cultures and relationships in a First Nations community

Nursing students, faculty, a local physician and NIC's Elder in Residence, Dr. Evelyn Voyageur, will share their learning from a recent field school experience in Kingcome Inlet. A short film will follow, highlighting the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw First Nation’s Cleansing Our Waters campaign. 

Date: Thursday, October 27
Time: 7 - 8:30 pm
Location: Comox Valley campus, Stan Hagen Theatre


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Meet a Disney representative to find out how you can:

  • gain paid international experience working at Walt Disney World Resort.
  • earn a Certificate in Hospitality and Tourism Management or a Certificate in Management from University of California Riverside.
  • network with individuals from around the world and make life-long connections.
  • learn important business philosophies from Disney leaders while earning NIC credentials.

When: Thursday, November 3, 11:30 am - 1 pm

Where: Stan Hagen Theatre, Komoux Hall, Comox Valley Campus

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Port Alberni Parent & Student Info Night

NIC's Port Alberni Parent & Student Info Night takes place at the campus cafeteria on Wednesday, November 9 from 6pm - 7:30pm.

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 Jana DeVito at 250-724-8735 or email:

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




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Comox Valley Parent Student Info Night

Save the date! NIC’s second annual Parent Student 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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NIC Wine Festival - Casino Royale

Join us on Nov. 18 for an evening of intrigue at the NIC Campbell River campus' Third Course Bistro. Hosted by Tourism & Hospitality Management students with appies created by our culinary students, this unforgettable evening will include door prizes, a silent auction, wine & cheese seminars and more!

When: Friday, November 18, 2016

Where: Campbell River campus, Third Course Bistro

Cost: $55

Tickets can be purchased online at Metro Liquor, or at the following locations:

  • Merecroft Village Liquor Store
  • Royal Coachman Liquor Store
  • Gourmet Essentials 
  • Metro Liquor Stores (Discovery Harbour & Timberline Village)
  • NIC's Campbell River and Comox Valley campus bookstores

For more information call 250-334-5292 or email

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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.