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Early Childhood Care & Education 2016/2017

Work towards your BC Certification! Join classes from the Port Alberni campus via interactive TV and online to participate in a vibrant community of learners with a broad range of experiences. Courses are scheduled during Monday and Thursday evenings, allowing you to continue with other commitments while studying.

Learn more about Community Care opportunities at North Island College.


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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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Register Now for Fine Arts Courses, Sept 2016

Learning new techniques can enrich and enhance an artist's creativity, and a diverse portfolio can open new doors. If you're an artist who is looking to expand your skills, meet other creative individuals, and add variety to your portfolio, consider taking one or all of these School of Fine Art and Design courses offered at NIC's Comox Valley campus this September:

Intaglio Printmaking (FIN-215)

Date: Sep 6 - Dec 9
Day/Time: Tuesday 8:30am - 12:30pm

Explore mixed media, collograph, etching and contemporary photogravure printmaking techniques while taking advantage of the large studio and four printmaking presses available to NIC students. Incorporate different techniques into your printmaking process such as chine colle, a la poupee, and viscosity printing while developing a portfolio of unique and editioned original artworks. Register for FIN-215.

Sculpture I (FIN-230)

Date: Sep 9 - Dec 9
Day/Time: Friday 8:30am - 12:30pm

Express yourself through contemporary and traditional sculpture methods, including construction and welding, modeling and casting. Explore three-dimensional design concepts and experiment with various materials like wood, clay, plaster and metal in Shadbolt Studio’s large sculpture space. Register for FIN-230.

Ceramics I (FIN 235)

Date: Sep 8 - Dec 8
Day/Time: Thursday 8:30am - 12:30pm

This course will explore clay as an expressive and functional contemporary medium. The forming techniques employed will include: throwing, slip casting, press molding, coil and slab construction. Surface enrichment and colour will be developed using slips, terra sigillata, and glazing techniques. Firing processes will include electric kilns, pit firing, raku and high fire reduction. Register for FIN-235.

Photography II (FIN-245)

Date: Sep 6 - Dec 9
Day/Time: Wednesday 1pm - 5pm

This course will enable participants to build their artistic identities through the development of photo-based artworks. Students experience the satisfaction and beauty of the handcrafted photograph. The understanding of the camera and creative controls gained in this course can equally be utilized for digital photography, and enhance skills as students become better photographers. Experimental approaches to the use of photographic images, self-directed projects, ideas and content are emphasized in this course. Participants will enjoy access to a fully equipped photographic studio, darkroom and computer lab. Cameras are available for use through the School of Fine Art & Design. Register for FIN-245.

Even if you haven't completed the course pre-requisites, prior experience or your current artistic practice may fulfill the requirement. To find out more or to register, contact Student Services at your nearest campus, or call 1-800-715-0914.

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NIC School of Fine Art & Design: Artist-in-Residence

North Island College School of Fine Art & Design is proud to announce their inaugural Artist-in-Residence (Summer 2016). The residency is a collaborative partnership with NIC School of Fine Art & Design, Comox Valley Art Gallery, and the McLoughlin Gardens AIR residence. 

NIC’s School of Fine Art & Design recognize and promote art-based research as a mode of creative inquiry. This residency offers a creative space and platform for professional practicing artists to conduct active hands-on research in the Fine Art studios at NIC.

This year the Artist-in-residence project will host three Artists: Saskatchewan-based artists, Barbara Meneley PhD and Joanne Bristol PhD and local artist Clive Powsey. The residency is 1 to 2 months in duration. The School of Fine Art & Design is providing the artists access to their studios, mac lab and production equipment. The Comox Valley Art Gallery will feature the Artist’s work in an exhibition, MAP: MAKE, ART, PLACE and the McLoughlin Gardens AIR Residence has provided the visiting artists waterfront accommodation in a charming cabin nestled next the ocean, near Merville BC.

Upcoming Artist-in-Residence Events: 

  • Art Exhibition - Walking as Mapping: A Creative Laboratory, July 20-27, Shadbolt Studio, 10am - 3pm.
  • Talk, Walk & Make - A Journey to the Horizon Line: A Hike to the Mount Washington Summit, July 23, Shadbolt Studio, 10 am

Where Is Here Symposium

This Artist-in-Residence Project is a component of the SSHRC project, Where is Here: Small Cities, Deep Mapping and Sustainable Futures, a symposium running July 20-22 in the Comox Valley

This project brings together several institutions: Vancouver Island University, North Island College, Thompson Rivers University, University of British Columbia (Okanagan) and the Comox Valley Art Gallery.

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Free Prep Cook Certificate Training* at NIC

*Funding criteria must be met in order to participate. For more information or to register, contact Leanne Moore at 1-250-724-8705 or email

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Ready? Set? Build!

North Island College's Centre for Applied Research, Technology and Innovation (CARTI) is hosting a number of LEGO Robotics Camps across the North Island this summer. The cost is $165 for the week (Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm) except for Ucluelet where the camp will be $132 and Tuesday to Friday, due to the holiday. Camps are for ages nine to 12. Several seats are available at a reduced rate for low income families.

Up to 200 students throughout the north island will learn science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills through the opportunity to build, program and control Lego robots in a fun, hands-on environment. Participants will gain basic digital literacy skills including LEGO robotics, and be able to continue their learning all year long via the online robot lab.

Camp Info

Port Alberni: July 11-15, 2016 SOLD OUT.
Comox: July 18-22 & July 25-29, 2016 SOLD OUT.
Ucluelet: August 2-5, 2016. Space still available, including subsidized spots.
Port Hardy: August 8-12, 2016. Two subsidized spots still available.
Campbell River: August 15-19, 2016. One subsidized spot still available.
Campbell River: August 22-26: Two subsidized spots still available.

Additional dates and locations may be offered: please email us to be put on a waitlist.

Register now!

For more information about the NICBotCamps read NIC's corresponding press release, or if you are interested in a subsidized registration or to be placed on a waitlist, please contact April Whalen at

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New 201/2017 Learner's Guides Out Now

Browse the opportunities for courses and programs coming up at North Island College for 2016/2017. From distance education to campus-specific programs, find the most flexible options for you to advance your career on a new academic adventure that can start close to home.

NIC 2016/2017 Distance Education Learner Guide

Your complete guide to North Island College’s professional, personal and academic development from Ucluelet to Mount Waddington, available by Distance Education.

View this guide, or visit our Distance Education page for more information about applying.

NIC 2016/2017 Port Alberni Learner's Guide

Your complete guide to professional, personal and academic development at NIC's Port Alberni campus.

View this guide, or visit the Port Alberni campus page for more information about NIC in your community.


Check back soon for an update on the Comox Valley & Campbell River learner's guide available at the beginning of August. Questions about studying at NIC? Contact us: 1-800-715-0914 or email


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Upcoming First Aid Courses: OFA, WHMIS & More

Increase your qualifications and job opportunities with first aid certification at North Island College. With NIC's extensive experience developing and implementing responsive first aid programming, you can obtain the certification you require to secure employment or meet workplace standards.

WHMIS 2015 Course (OFA 001) - Campbell River

This course is an introduction to the Workplace Hazardous Material Information System. Material will cover a background to WHMIS, the Material Safety Data Sheet, Labelling, and Worker Education and Training. This course can be done online if you cannot attend class.

Dates: Aug 3
Time: Tuesday, 8:30am - 12:30pm
Cost: $45
Instructor: Kim Nutt
Location: Campbell River campus

See more course details, prequisites or register online

WHMIS 2015 Course (OFA 001) - Port Alberni

Dates: Aug 9
Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
Cost: $45
Instructor: Ryan Hall
Location: Port Alberni campus

See more course details, prequisites or register online

Emergency Child Care First Aid (FAC 010)

This course is designed for parents and caregivers of children up to eight years of age. Topics include: recognition of home hazards, accident prevention, and safety education. Skills focus on respiratory distress, CPR, AED, bleeding management and common first aid situations. This course is acknowledged by the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Child Care Facilities Licensing Board. Certification period is three years, but yearly recertification in CPR Level B is recommended.

Dates: Aug 6
Time: Saturday, 8am - 5pm
Cost: $105 (includes book)
Instructor: Kim Nutt
Location: Comox Valley campus

OFA Level 3 & 3 Renewal (OFA 030 & OFA 032)

Level 3: This course meets WorkSafe BC requirements for FirstAid Attendants in BC and according to WSBC RegulationsPart 3 Guidelines (3.14 - 3.21). The Occupational FirstAid Level 3 course is offered with the objective ofqualifying candidates for certification as Level 3 First AidAttendants in industry.

Dates: Aug 15 - 26
Time: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Cost: $750
Instructor: Ernie Payne
Location: Comox Valley campus

See more course details, prequisites or register online

Level 3 Renewal: This course is for Occupational First Aid Level 3 First Aid attendants who prefer not to take the full OFA 030 course, but would like to attend a few classes as a refresher before challenging the Level 3 exam. Homework assignments must be completed before the first class.

Dates: Aug 22 - 26
Time: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Cost: $600
Instructor: Ernie Payne
Location: Comox Valley campus

See more course details, prequisites or register online

OFA Level 1 (OFA 010)

Learn CPR, choking and hemorrhage control and minor wound care according to WSBC Regulations, Part 3 Guidelines (3.14 - 3.21). This WorkSafeBC course is an excellent entry level WSBC First Aid course that is a recognized by local industry. Certification is by WSBC and is valid for three years.

Dates: Aug 30
Time: Thursday, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Cost: $95
Instructor: Kim Nutt
Location: Comox Valley campus

See more course details, prequisites or register online See more course details, prequisites or register online Questions? Contact North Island College's Continuing Education or call 1-800-715-0914 for more information.


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New Directions For Older Workers 

Unemployed and aged between 55 - 64? You could be getting the skills necessary to go in a new direction with your career. Join NIC's Continuing Education in Campbell River on Aug. 11 at 2 pm for a free info session about the upcoming fall 2016 course, "New Directions For Older Workers."

The course will begin September 12, so don’t miss your chance to participate and register for the info session online or Contact Wendy Samaroden at: 1888-293-3177, email

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Occupational First-Aid (OFA) Level 3 & 3 Renewal 

Dates: OFA 030: Aug 15 - 26 (full)Register online now!
          OFA 032: Aug 22 - 26 (renewal)Register online now!

Time: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Cost: $750 (full) & $600 (renewal)
Instructor: Ernie Payne
Location: Comox Valley Campus, 2300 Ryan Road, Courtenay

This Continuing Education course (OFA 030) is designed in compliance with the WorkSafe BC requirements for First Aid Attendants in BC and according to WSBC Regulations Part 3 Guidelines (3.14 - 3.21). The Occupational First Aid Level 3 course is offered with the objective of qualifying candidates for certification as Level 3 First Aid Attendants in industry.

Instruction includes: anatomy and physiology; injury and body response; resuscitation - oxygen therapy; wounds and bleeding; thermal, joint, spinal and eye injuries; fractures, bandaging; immobilization; transportation; recording and reporting accidents and injuries. An NIC Waiver form will be required to be filled out at class. Certification is by WSBC and is valid for three years.

The course runs Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The OFA Level 3 Recertification course (OFA 032) will run Aug 22 - 26, 2016.

Note: there is pre-reading required for this course. Contact Susan at 250-334-5092 or to make arrangements to get your textbooks.


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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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Flavour 2016: The North Island's Gourmet Picnic

Join us at Coastal Black Estate Winery for
our fourth Gourmet Picnic, showcasing the talents of our region’s finest chefs, producers and purveyors and supporting local students and education at North Island College. #Flavour2016

Date: Sunday, September 18th, 2016
Location: Coastal Black Estate Winery
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Thanks to overwhelming support, Flavour has helped the NIC Foundation raise over $65,000, which is invested back into the community through scholarships and bursaries for North Island College students.

Exhibitor registration is on now!
Food and beverage exhibitors today can register by emailing

When are ticket sales? July 6, 2016 at 10 am - online only at

Visit the Foundation Facebook page & Twitter for event details, videos and more.

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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