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If you are unemployed or dissatisfied with your job, you may qualify for tuition-free education at North Island College in the following programs:

Funding is provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund.  For more information about tuition-free education, eligibility requirements, and to apply, contact Wendy Samaroden at NIC’s Continuing Education at 250-923-9728.

When: Monday, November 24 at 7:00 PM
Where: Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus
Cost: by donation

The Global Learning Initiative invites you to attend a presentation by Dr. Saren Azer, an Internal Medicine Specialist at St. Joseph's Hospital, who will speak about his experiences volunteering at Domiz Refugee Camp, located in northern Iraq for Syrian refugees.

Dr Azer is president of the International Society for Peace and Human Rights (ISPHR). In 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, he led a medical team in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, where they provided medical clinics in villages and refugee camps.

With his unique and compassionate perspective, Dr. Azer will share his experiences and discuss the worsening humanitarian crisis in the Middle East. Learn how help is being offered, and discover simple ways how you can become involved. As part of ISPHR, Dr. Azer is involved in an initiative entitled 'Medical Hope for Syria', which all donations received during this event will support. 

The presentation will take place on November 24, beginning at 7 pm, at the Stan Hagen Theatre at the Comox Valley campus. Admission is by donation.

When: Tuesday, November 25
Where: Campbell River campus
Cost: Free
Course Code: GENI 5110

Hospital unit clerks play a vital role in information management, administrative support and services in hospitals, medical offices, and care facilities. North Island College's Hospital Unit Clerk certificate program prepares graduates to step directly into this busy, rewarding career. For more information, visit the Hospital Unit Clerk certificate program.

You can also find out more about the Hospital Unit Clerk program at a FREE information session on November 25 at the Campbell River campus. Ask questions, meet the instructors, and speak with student advisors to see if the Hospital Unit Clerk program is right for you.

This Information Session is free to attend, but registration is required. Register in person or visit the course page, click on "Online Registration Available", and use the course code GENI-5110.

When: Tuesday, November 25 at 7:00 PM
Where: Timberline Theatre, Campbell River campus
Cost: by donation

Join NIC's Global Learning Initiative students in a free screening of Lisa Jackson's 2013 documentary, How a People Live, Tuesday, November 25 at the Timberline Theatre at North Island College's Campbell River campus.

The one-hour documentary traces the history of the 'Gwasala-'Nakwaxda'xw First Nation, who the Canadian government forcibly relocated from their traditional territories on the coast of British Columbia in 1964.  In 1970, a former Indian Agent wrote a controversial book he said was based on the lives of these people and titled it, "How a People Die." Forty years later, this film shows us their traditional life and culture and the hardships that threatened to destroy them, to see how a people live.

Following the screening of How A People Live, a facilitated discussion will occur with North Island College Elders-in-Residence, NIC students who attended the field school in Kingcome Inlet, and potentially other members from the First Nation community who have a connection with the film.

The Global Learning Initiative is a student-driven project at NIC that creates partnerships with local communities and individuals to foster awareness of global issues. Students and faculty travel to Uganda, Nepal, Mozambique, Rivers Inlet and Kingcome Inlet.

Doors open at 6:30 pm with the film starting at 7 pm. Donations to the Global Learning Initiative will be gratefully accepted.

When: Wednesday, November 26
Where: Comox Valley campus
Cost: Free
Course Code: GENI 8020

With NIC's Animal Care Aide certificate program, graduates gain the practical skills and knowledge needed for employment in veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, and kennels.
If you're interested in becoming an Animal Care Aide, find out more about the program and meet your instructor at a free information session on November 26 at the Comox Valley campus. Session begins at 6:30 pm, and attendees must pre-register.
Register in person at your local campus or, to register online, visit the course page, click on "Online Registration Available", and use the course code GENI-8020.


Registration is now open for the 2015 Greece field school!

If you are interested in learning about ancient Crete, visiting archaeological sites, experiencing modern day Greek culture, and earning nine university transfer credits while taking three second-year courses in Greece, this might be the study abroad trip for you.

This year's trip runs May 1-30, 2015.
The total price (including airfare, hotel, tuition, and food) is approx. $6,000, with a $450 deposit due by the registration deadline of Dec. 1.

For more information and application forms visit:

Or email Anne Cumming at

When: Tuesday, December 02
Where: Comox Valley campus
Cost: Free

Find out more about NIC's Landscape Horticulture programs during a FREE information session on December 2 at the Comox Valley campus.

Learn how you can earn your Interprovincial (Red Seal) in the Island’s only apprenticeship training programs in landscape horticulture or prepare for entry-level employment with the Landscape Horticulture Fundamentals Certificate. Even if you wish to grow your hobby as a recreational gardener, NIC’s programs give you the skills you need.

The information session starts at 6:30 pm. The session is free, but pre-registration is required.

Register in person at your local campus or, to register online, visit the course page and select the session you wish to attend. For more information, contact Julia Peters at 250-923-9724.

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