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NIC Continuing Education: Leadership Series 2017

Learn the essentials of leadership, communication and human resources that will give you the boost you need to be a confident and effective supervisor. Take one or two courses, or join all three to learn from a dynamic group of leaders with diverse career experiences and lots of practical ideas to share.

Leadership Essentials (LDS 015)

Date: January 21 & 28, 2017 (2 sessions)
Location: Campbell River campus
Time: 9 am to 4 pm
Cost: $289

Online Registration

Increase your effectiveness and confidence as a leader in this practical two-day course. Learn tools to effectively transition into a leadership role and develop skills to create a positive work environment and better business results. Class discussion will include characteristics and challenges in today's workplace, traits and skills that characterize a successful leader, how to evaluate your own skill set and how to motivate people, communicate effectively, inspire and build trust while managing your time and tasks effectively.

Instructor Donna Hains

DONNA HAINS has worked as a corporate trainer in leadership and human resources with clients and organizations across the province and in the Yukon. Her clients have included colleges; school districts; all levels of government; public safety and community organizations; not-for-profit; and private sector companies in manufacturing, mining, hospitality, transportation, retail and health. She was a program developer and facilitator in the School of Business at Camosun College for over a decade. Donna has a passion for inspiring and motivating people to develop their personal leadership capacity, enabling them to consistently and creatively improve their performance.

Communication Essentials (LDS 020)

Date: February 24 & March 4, 2017 (2 sessions)
Location: Campbell River campus
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Cost: $209

Online Registration

Make your voice count. Strong communication skills are an integral part of being an effective leader. They support a positive corporate culture, drive innovation and creativity, and make you more efficient in your role. Gain skills to share your expertise, ideas and strategies effectively with colleagues, executives, clients and customers. Class discussion and exercises will help you identify the best way to share information with different audiences, manage anxiety, understand generational differences in communication and craft effective presentations. Learn practical skills and coaching that you can use immediately.

Instructor Sharon Edwards

SHARON EDWARDS is a presentation skills coach, facilitator, and writer who fosters innovation and creativity through great communication.

Sharon honed her communication skills over 25 years as an award winning broadcast journalist (including time as host of CBC Radio Calgary) and has been teaching those skills for over a decade through her company, The Voice of Influence.

She has also taught for the CPA of Alberta and the Radio and Television Arts program at Seneca College in Toronto. The theme that runs through her work is clear: becoming a great communicator is the way to get the highest return on the investment you have made in yourself and your career.

Human Resource Essentials (LDS 025)

Date: March 18 24 & 25, 2017 (2 sessions)
Location: Campbell River campus
Time: 9 am to 4 pm
Cost: $289

Online Registration

People are an organization’s most important asset. Strategic human resource practices that align with your organization’s vision and strategy ensure employees deliver desired outcomes. Through presentation, discussion and small group breakout sessions you will learn key elements of strategic human resource practice, including: staffing; development; compensation; succession planning; health and safety and labour relations. Work as a group to assemble components of a handbook to take away and use in your organization. Whether you are a current or aspiring leader or human resource professional, this course will increase your knowledge of the important technical aspects of human resource management while helping you create practical materials to use in your business and/or career.

Instructor Jennifer White

JENNIFER WHITE has worked in a variety of organizations as a leader, coach and consultant. She has an MBA in International Business and has travelled and worked in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Yemen, UAE and Oman. After 25 years in the oil and gas industry, she left her management role and established a business and HR consulting firm, White and Colleagues Inc.

Her clients have included companies in high tech, oil and gas, service and government and she has implemented human resource systems for companies ranging from 10 to 52,000 employees.

Jennifer has been a conference presenter and instructor for the University of Calgary, the Southern Institute of Technology, Mount Royal College, Queens University and the Conference Board of Canada.

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Write Here Reader Series: Spring 2017

Join NIC's English department on the fourth Thursday of each month for a series of open mic events featuring readings from talented local writers. Come early to sign up for an open mic reading. You will be given five minutes to share your work.

Dates: January 26, February 23, March 23, April 27
Time: Thursdays, 7 pm
Location: Tyee Hall Lounge, Comox Valley Campus
Cost: Admission is free, and open to everyone

For more information on this event or the Write Here Readers Series, contact Judy Johnson at or call: 250-334-5000 ext 4072


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Metal Jewellery Design: Tuition Credit Contest

Register before June 12, 2017 for your chance to win $250 NIC tuition credits!*

With Metal Jewellery Design at NIC, you'll be able to explore professional metal techniques, gemmology and more as you prepare to work in the jewellery industry. Learn to conceptualize and create jewellery for artistic expression or as a source of income, and gain business skills to present and promote your designs.

* Participans must register in the Metal Jewellery program by June 12, 2017 at 4pm 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.

Contact Julia Peters for more information and with any questions at 250-923-9724.


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New Online Registration For ElderCollege Lecture Series

Do you want to be guaranteed a seat and not worry about whether there will be drop-in seats available? Are there a few upcoming Lectures in the 2017WI ElderCollege Lecture Series you would like to see? Members can now pre-register online or at the registration office and ensure a seat at the lectures of their choice, as space allows.

Cost: $5 / Lecture

There will still be drop-in spots ($5/week) available, but to guarantee a seat please register ahead of time.

Upcoming Lectures

Where Stories Come From

From where do writers get their stories? Is it true that writers should write only what they know? Do authors' thought processes differ? How do writers tap into ideas for stories, and how do they get from idea to finished product? Marlet has been a potter, a teacher, a teacher of writing, and a writer. She's authored everything from textbooks to children's literature to short stories to poetry.


Tales of Kona the Guide Dog: Anatomy of Writing & Self-Publishing Children's Books

Paul Horgen retired from the University of Toronto after 35 years as biology professor, and moved to Vancouver Island in 2005. Over the next few years he began to lose his sight, and in 2008, he received a beautiful guide dog - Kona. With Kona at his side, Paul is recognized in the Comox Valley and provincially for his myriad environmental stewardship activities, currently as chair of the board of Project Watershed.


Alchemy of Words: A Journey Into the Psyche of an Irish Writer

In Irish culture, storytelling, in all forms, stems from the absolute necessity to communicate. Mary, originally from Wexford, Ireland, possesses an inherent authenticity in both her literary and musical worlds. She ushers first generation immigrants home again, gifts those with Irish roots a taste of inheritance, and shepherds those who wish they were a wee bit Irish into an ephemeral union.


The Long and Winding Road to Becoming a Writer

Lofty ambitions, singular teachers, bizarre twists of fate and the peculiarities of publishing are combined in Des Kennedy's talk on moving from aspiring writer to what we see today. Des is an accomplished novelist and satirist as well as a celebrated gardening writer and speaker. He is the author of nine books of both fiction and non-fiction, three of which have been nominated for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.


Dead Dog or Land of Plenty

Richard Mackie shares his stories of the Comox Valley, beginning with various translations of the valley's name and extending to the insights, jokes, reminiscences, wisdom, and losses of 35 years of research in valley history. He will discuss the process of research and writing, provide personal anecdotes about people of the past, and read specific extracts from his books on Mack Laing, George Drabble and the Comox Logging Company.


Questions? Contact ElderCollege at or phone 250-334-5000 ex. 4602.


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Writing Help Online With WriteAway Until April 7

WriteAway is a free online service to help support students with their writing and is available to any student registered at NIC.

Submit your written work for feedback from highly trained online tutors who will review up to three drafts of a student paper.

How To Submit Writing

Students can submit writing work online, any time, and can generally expect to receive feedback within 24 to 48 hours.

To create your WriteAway account and submit your paper, go to eTutoring Canada.

NIC students can also book an appointment for writing support in-person at the Comox Valley, Port Alberni and Campbell River campuses. Learn more about writing help at the NIC Library & Learning Commons.

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Aboriginal Student Lounge Drop-In Hours, Comox Valley

Join us for coffee, tea and snacks, connect with our Elders in Residence and Aboriginal Education Advisor. Open to all Aboriginal students as well as students interested in Aboriginal culture. 

This is a safe and respectful environment where everyone is welcome. 

When: Thursdays, starting March 2, 2017
Time: 11:30am - 1pm
Location: Room 203 Discovery Hall, Comox Valley campus

For more information, contact Andrea Kerr at or phone 250-334-5029.

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Free Training In Port Hardy: Coastal Forest Resource Program

Gain certifications that are required to work in the forest industry. Program includes essential workplace skills and job readiness workshops as well as the following certifications:

  • Occupational First Aid Level 1
  • Transportation Endorsement
  • WHMIS 2015
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods
  • Restricted Operator Certificate
  • Power Saw Certification
  • Fire Suppression
  • Wildfire Entrapment Avoidance
  • Pumps and Water Delivery Systems

Date: March 13, 2017 - June 6, 2017

Location: NIC Mount Waddington Campus

* Funding criteria must be met in order to participate. 

Only 12 seats available. Register now. 

For more information or to register, contact Wendy Samaroden at 250-923-9728 or by email at



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A Taste of France

Support NIC students with this Tourism & Hospitality fundraiser, featuring wines from 40 Knots, and food pairings from Locals Restaurant.

Take part in a live auction and enter to win door prizes! 

Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time: 5:30pm - 9pm
Location: 40 Knots Winery, 2400 Anderton Road, Comox
Tickets: $95.

For more information, contact Pedro Caraballo Acosta at: 250-334-5000 ext 4240 or email

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VIU and NIC Student Literary Reading

Join NIC's English department for readings from NIC creative writing students and special guests from Portal, VIU's annual literary magazine, as we celbrate the literary talent at both institutions. The evening also includes a reading from Natalie Nickerson, the Comox Valley's new Poet Laureate and proud NIC & VIU grad.

Two institutions. One common goal. With NIC and VIU's dual admission agreement, students can complete first and second-year courses at NIC before transferring seamlessly to third year at VIU.

  • Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
  • Time: 7pm
  • Location: Tyee Hall Lounge, Comox Valley campus

This event is open to all, and admission is free. For more information on this event contact Judy Leblanc at or Jennifer Cox at 250-334-5233, email:


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Burgers, Beer & Bikram Yoga: NIC Student Fundraisers

Help support the ongoing work of the Nepal Youth Foundation and the Nutritional Rehabilitation Home in meeting the nutritional needs of children in Nepal.

Third year nursing students at North Island College will be providing assessments and education services at this nutritional health camp in a rural village of Nepal.

As part of the fundraising for this trip, the following events are open to the public, with donations also being accepted.

Burger & Beer Night

  • Date: Sunday, April 2, 2017
  • Time: 5pm - 10pm
  • Location: Prime Chophouse, 1089 Braidwood Road, Courtenay
  • Cost: $20 plus tax. Options of: burger and sides, or a meatball pasta, plus a glass of wine or pint of beer. See details on the Prime Chophouse website.

Bikram Yoga

  • Date: Friday, April 7, 2017
  • Time: 12pm
  • Location: Bikram Yoga Comox Valley Studio, 362D 10th St, Courtenay
  • Cost: By donation.

Questions? For more information, contact Lynne Oberik at 250-334-5061 or email

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Upcoming Continuing Education Info Sessions

Take a look at the upcoming Continuing Education Info Sessions at NIC. These are free to attend, please pre-register online in the links below, or in-person using the course code as a reference.

Phone 250-334-5000 ext 4601 for more information.

Info Sessions

Landscape Horticulture Apprenticeship Training Info Session (GENI 5130)

Date: April 4, 2017
Time 6-7pm
Location: Comox Valley campus

Gain highly sought after landscape maintenance and design skills while you work toward your Interprovincial (Red Seal) certification. NIC works closely with industry professionals and local employers to ensure you receive the best, most current training possible to obtain work at landscape companies, municipal parks, golf courses, garden centres, nurseries and horticulture businesses.Study part time during the evening and weekends, allowing you to further your education while maintaining employment.

Industry Training Authority (ITA) approved. This 12-week part-time certificate starts September 2017.


Hospital Unit Clerk Info Session (GENI 5110)

Date: April 4, 2017
Time 6-7pm
Location: Campbell River campus

Develop the practical skills and knowledge needed as a unit clerk, from medical terminology and transcription to hospital organization and administrative support. Acquire first-hand experience through workplace practicums.

Play a vital role in information management, administrative support and services in hospitals, medical offices and care facilities.

Eight month certificate, tuition $4,520 approx (includes texts). Program starts September 2017.


Activity Assistant Program (GENI 5120)

Date: April 26, 2017
Time 6-7pm
Location: Comox Valley campus

Are you a Health Care or Community Support Grad (HCA, HSRCA, LPN, RN, or Education Assistant/ Community Support)? If so, you qualify for admission to this specialized part-time program available this fall in the Comox Valley: Learn to plan/lead recreational activities; and rekindle meaning, purpose, and emotional enjoyment in the lives of seniors with cognitive and physical impairments. Increase your employment options in care facilities, assisted living settings, clients' homes, seniors' centres, and residential group homes. Study part-time while you work. Finish in less than four months.

"NIC's program instructor Deb Provencher is well-known in the field of therapeutic recreation. She brings exceptional training, energy, and insight; and her graduates are ready to hit the ground running from day one on the job." - Liz Friis, Director of Resident Lifestyle & Community Programs, Glacier View Lodge.

Activity Assistant Certificate runs Sept 6 - Dec 16, 2017. Tuition $2,450 approx (plus texts). Deadline June 13, 2017; space is limited.


Animal Care Aide Info Session (GENI 8020)

Date: May 3, 2017
Time 6:30-8pm
Location: Comox Valley campus

This strongly recommended information session will give prospective students the opportunity to meet the instructor and learn more about the program. Note: The session is free, but students must pre-register.


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Early Childhood Care & Education Opportunities

Work towards your BC Certification! Join classes from Ucluelet, Port Alberni, Port Hardy, Campbell River and the Comox Valley campuses via interactive TV and online to participate in a vibrant community of learners with a broad range of experiences.

Courses are scheduled in the evening allowing you to continue with other commitments while studying.

  • ECC-114 Partnerships Part 1 – Child Guidance. Wednesdays, 6-8 pm (campus-wide via interactive TV) April 26 – June 28
  • ECC-168 Health, Safety and Nutrition. Fall 2017. Tuesdays, 6-9 pm (in-person at Ucluelet Centre)

Learn more about Community Care opportunities at North Island College.


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Webinars for NIC Students

Connect remotely to learn important tips about being a successful NIC student from our Educational Advisors.

Academic Scheduling

Need help planning your NIC academic schedule? Learn about how to search course offerings, build your timetable, and register for the upcoming school year:

  • April 26 - 3pm
  • May 10 - 5pm

Student Loans

Applying for a student loan? Learn about the rules, how to apply and your responsibilities:

  • June 14 - 5pm
  • July 7 - 3pm

For registration or information contact:


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Gain in-demand skills employers are looking for.

Starting this spring, university students can combine their theoretical knowledge with relevant business skills by enrolling in condensed six week courses transferable to universities across BC.

Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management (BUS-152) 

This course provides students with a broad range of basic business skills. Topics include business plan development, legal issues of business start-up and management, financing, marketing, and basic record keeping for a small business venture.

  • Date: May 2 to June 15, 2017
  • Time: Tue & Thu, 1-4 pm
  • Location: Comox Valley campus
  • Register online

Effective Organizational Writing (ENG-160) 

English 160 is an applied writing course which recognizes the increasing importance of effective writing, speaking, reading and listening in the workplace. This course focuses on the study and application of the theories and principles of effective business communication.

  • Date: May 1 to June 14, 2017
  • Time: Mon & Wed, 1-4 pm or Tue & Thu, 9 am - 12 pm
  • Location: Comox Valley campus
  • Register online

Introduction to Social Media (IMG-220)

The adoption of social media by both individuals and organizations has triggered a shift in marketing practices globally. This introductory course will present current channels, tools and technologies that are used in social media. It will look at marketing, monetization, strategies, monitoring, metrics and governance. This course aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to effectively explore the opportunities and challenges associated with the use of social media channels and platforms - including those associated with enriched business communication, marketing strategies, and enhanced brand experience.

  • Date: May 1 to June 14, 2017
  • Time: Mon & Wed, 1-5 pm
  • Location: Comox Valley campus
  • Register online

Questions? Visit NIC's University Transfer to learn more or call 1-800-715-0914 for further information.