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Looking for text books for summer courses?

NIC's campus bookstores in the Comox Valley, Campbell River, and Port Alberni will be closed from June 29 to August 12.

But don't worry! If you're a student who has registered in a July/August class, you may purchase your textbooks by contacting:

NIC's Instruction Materials Centre
1-800-715-0914 ext. 4027

Please email us with "Student Book Order" in the subject line. In the body of the email, please include your:

  • First and last name
  • Telephone number and best time to contact you
  • Student ID number
  • The course and section number for which texts are required (refer to your registration form for course and section and student ID information needed for ordering)
  • Payment method you intend to use – attach copy of your agency funding approval document, if applicable

To search for your required texts, see NIC's Book Search tool.

You will be contacted by our NIC staff to discuss payment method.

Books may be picked up at NIC’s Campbell River, Comox Valley or Port Alberni campus. Shipping charges will apply to any other shipping arrangement. We regret we cannot ship titles until payment is received.

Thank you for your patience and support.


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This fall, for the first time ever, NIC will begin offering Mandarin language courses giving students in the Comox Valley the opportunity to become more culturally and internationally literate in a language spoken by more people as a native language than any other in the world.

The following courses are designed for beginning learners:

Both courses transfer to UVic and several other universities across B.C. They compliment the Spanish and French language programming opportunities already available at NIC. 

Registration is now open for courses starting this September.

Register online or in person at any NIC campus.



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Emergency Medical Responder Course Starts August 10, 2015

Gain 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.

AET 020 is designed for firefighters, law enforcement officers, workplace responders, emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, and other emergency responders. It includes Health Care Provider CPR and AED. The certification is valid for three years.

Instructor: Ernie Payne

Prerequisites: Participants must be certified in Standard First Aid with CPR level C or higher. Pre-reading and homework is required, contact NIC's First Aid Dept at 250-334-5092 for course materials. Participants must be at least 16 years old; students under 19 require a parent/ guardian signed waiver.

Key dates: The course runs Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm from August 10 to 21, 2015 at the Comox Valley campus. Limited seats available. Register by July 30 to avoid disappointment.

For more information and to register: Call 250-334-5005 or register online using the course code AET 020.


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Metal Jewellery DesignRegister before August 14, 2015 for your chance to win a $250 NIC tuition credit.*

Register in NIC's Metal Jewellery Design certificate program this summer and enter to win $250 in tuition credits at NIC.

The program starts September 8, with studio workshops available year round.

Explore professional metal techniques, gemmology, and more as you prepare to work in the jewellery industry, run your own business or studio workshop.

Learn from passionate artists, experienced in marketing their work across Canada.

"Students in this program are amazing," said instructor Kurt Tunkl. "They did as much work in eight months as students in a similar program that takes two years to complete at another institution. Many of these students created enough items to open their own shop. Think about that: creating enough items to sell in your own store in only eight months; it’s just incredible."

*Participants must register in the Metal Jewellery program by Friday, August 14, 2015 at 4 pm to be eligible to win. No purchase necessary. The odds of winning are one in 20. Winners will be required to answer a skill testing question.

For more information, visit


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Qualify for entry-level custodial positions in school districts, hospitals, businesses, hotels and more with subsidized programming designed to retrain workers affected by industry slowdowns or closures.

NIC's Building Service Worker program includes levels 1, 2, and 3, plus industry certifications in Occupational First Aid Level 1 and FoodSafe Level 1. This training is aligned with BC’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint. 

A one-time funding grant has been provided by the Ministry of Advanced Education to assist with tuition costs. Students registering for the August 2015 section of NIC's Building Service Worker program will pay $425 for a program that normally costs $1,309.

The course runs August 17-25 at the Seavac Activity Centre in Port Alice.

For more information and to begin the registration process, contact Wendy Samaroden:

Phone: 1-888-293-3177 ext. 7728





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When: Tuesday, August 25
Where: Comox Valley
Cost: $66.25, including course materials
Course Code: UST 101

Starting college or university this fall?  Get the grades you want this year!

Discover key study habits essential to post-secondary success in just three half days this August. Practice hands-on skills needed to:

  • Take better notes to improve your grades and final exam performance
  • Read more efficiently to make the most of your time and text books
  • Manage your schedule to balance school, work, family, and fun 

The course runs from 9 am to noon, Aug. 25 to 27 at the Comox Valley campus.

Tuition is $66.25, including course materials. All fees are due before the start of the first class.

Register online using the course code UST 101 or visit NIC's Student Services Office.

For more information, call 250-334-5000.


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Watch this space for key details about all the orientation events, workshops, and festivities planned to give you a head start on the year ahead.



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When: Friday, October 23 to Oct 25
Where: North Island College, Comox Valley Campus

NIC Proudly Presents: Inspire, Advocate, Unleash!
The 2015 Canadian Student Nursing Association Western / Prairie Regional Conference

Join NIC's Bachelor of Science in Nursing students in hosting the nursing students from across Western Canada October 23 to 25, 2015 in the Comox Valley.

The Canadian Nursing Student Association Western Regional conference is the first time NIC nursing students have hosted this regional conference, and several local students have been instrumental to its success.

Conference speakers include inspirational registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and nursing consultants from across Western Canada, including remote First Nations communities.

Students will also have access to a new grad panel and an experiential workshop designed to help nursing students explore the effects of residential schools and Canada's assimilation policies while understanding Aboriginal ways and values.

Register online by July 20, 2015 for early bird pricing. North Island College students can contact Heidi Boettcher for a registration form.

For more information on submitting abstracts, speakers, and where to stay in the Comox Valley, visit