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NIC's 40th Anniversary

In 40 years more than 155,000 students, across 80,000 square kilometres have taken a course at NIC. To celebrate, we’ve put together a history of the college that highlights our humble beginnings in 1975, our progress and accomplishments of today as well as a look into tomorrow.

We're Not Done: We Need Your Stories

The insights, anecdotes, achievements and stories received from staff, students, faculty, alumni, and members of the community has been greatly rewarding. We're deeply appreciative of everything that has been sent our way, from emails to handwritten letters, audio recordings and newspaper clippings. We could only fit in a small handful of the memories that have been shared and we feel the need to give a voice to all the stories, including those that are still out there waiting to be heard.

The NIC Stories Facebook Group is a home for those stories. It is a group for anyone to post on - created for you, by you! Please help us develop the colourful, fun, inspiring history that is the college and its inclusive reach throughout the north island.

Join the group and leave your story on our wall. It can be a memorable moment, a picture, a recollection of NIC’s past, a run-in with Ian the ghost, a note about what inspires you about the college, or a funny memory of your time at NIC.

If you don't have access to social media, and would still like to share your story if you've not yet done so, send us an email at:

North Island College - Celebrating 40 Years of Education

Read the 40th Anniversary publication, and learn more about how the college moved from mobile learning units in vans during the 70s, and an ex-whaling ship, to classroom based learning with centres and campuses from Campbell River to Bella Coola.

Hard copy versions are coming soon to a mailbox near you! Check the Comox Valley Echo and Campbell River Mirror Friday, June 10, or the Alberni Valley News on Tuesday, June 14. Also on Wednesday, June 15, the publication will be available at the Port Hardy campus, as well as nearby locations including Mugz Coffee Bar, Port McNeill Museum, Port Hardy Museum, and Vancouver Island Regional Library (Port McNeill, Port Hardy and Alert Bay).

We hope you enjoy reading our story as much as we've enjoyed putting it together! Thank-you to all for your hard work, dedication, and enthusiastic commitment to our college and we look forward to reading (and sharing) more memories.




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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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Study Creative Writing Online at NIC This Fall


Learn the method and craft of writing poetry, drama and screenplays through discussions, exercises, and peer critiquing. By the end of the course, you will have a portfolio of work that includes poetry and a play or screenplay.

• Study online from anywhere
• Transferrable to universities across BC

ENG 108 - Creative Writing: Poetry & Drama

Instructor: Derek Hanesbury
Course dates: September 6, 2016 – December 9, 2016
Register online now!

ENG 108 is a first year writing seminar focusing on method and craft in poetry drama and screenplays. This seminar focuses on the practice of writing with an emphasis on learning the craft of writing through discussions, exercises, and peer critiquing. Students create a portfolio of work including both poetry and a play or screenplay.

For a full list of English courses visit or contact Student Services at 1-800-715-0914.

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Introduction To Kwak'wala II

When: Sept. 7 - Dec. 7, 2016
Time: Wednesday nights, from 5 pm - 8 pm
Where: Sacred Wolf Friendship Centre, Port Hardy
Course code: KWA-097

North Island College will be offering Introduction to Kwak'wala II (KWA 097) at the Mount Waddington campus in Port Hardy, beginning September, 2016.

Students will learn basic conversation, structure, and pronunciation in a Kwak'wala language immersion setting with a focus on listening and speaking. The units cover a wide variety of themes, including greetings, social interaction, household activities, community, environment, wildlife, place names, food harvesting and preparation and cultural activities. Combined, these encompass the way of life of the Kwakwaka'wakw and give insight to how Kwak'wala is essential to who the Kwakwaka'wakw are and how Kwak'wala ties Kwakwaka'wakw to land, sea and place.

See course details and registration information.

Kwak'wala Instructor On CBC

NIC instructor Sara Child teaches CBC host Gregor Craigie Kwak'wala. 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 (Above)

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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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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Writing Support Available In-Person and Online at NIC's Library & Learning Commons

Writing support services include:

  • developing a thesis statement
  • organizing your essay
  • clarifying ideas.
  • building arguments and providing supporting evidence
  • improving sentence structure

Where: Comox Valley Library & Learning Commons
When: Weekly, Mon 3-5 pm, Thu 12-2 pm

Where: Campbell River Library & Learning Commons
When: Thu Sep 29, 12-2pm & Mon Oct 3, 3-5 pm

Where: Port Alberni Library & Learning Commons
When: Mon Sep 26, 2:30-4:30 pm

Appointments with writing support staff can be pre-booked online.
Drop-in support is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Book now.


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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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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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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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Parent Student Info Night

Save the date! NIC’s Parent student Info Night takes place at the Comox Valley campus' Stan Hagen Theatre on Tuesday, November 15.

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.