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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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Free Training In Mount Waddington: Aquaculture

The NIC Aquaculture Pathway Training runs January 23, 3027 - March 30, 2017 and provides students with the opportunity to acquire core essential skills transferable across sectors for entry into the accredited Aquaculture Technical Level 1 Certificate program. 

Program includes workplace skills, job readiness, and upgrading courses as well as the following certifications: 

  • Essential Skills
  • WHMIS 2015
  • Small Non-Pleasure Craft Marine Emergency Duties (A3)
  • Occupation First Aid Level 1
  • Restricted Operator Certificate - Maritime (ROC-M)
  • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP)

January 2017 - March 2017

*Must meet eligibility criteria to participate. 

Limited seating. Apply now! For more information or to register, contact Caitlin Hartnett at 250-949-7912 ext. 2872 or email

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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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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.


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NIC English & Math Upgrading in Port McNeill 

We are offering math and English upgrading in the evenings in Port McNeill at North Island Secondary School beginning on Jan 31.

English Upgrading

  • Dates: Tuesday evenings from Jan 31 to May 23, 2017
  • Time: 4 pm - 6 pm
  • Location:The Advising Centre in B wing, North Island Secondary
  • Cost: Cost and funding will be determined at meeting with advisor and registration

Math Upgrading

  • Dates: Thursday evenings from Feb 2 to May 25, 2017
  • Time: 4 pm - 6 pm
  • Location: The Advising Centre in B wing, North Island Secondary
  • Cost: Cost and funding will be determined at meeting with advisor and registration


For more information and to register, please call the college at 250-949-7912 and speak to Cathy Denham, Christy Whitmore, or Deb Edzerza. Emails are:, and

Visit our Upgrading page for more information about high-school level courses available through NIC.

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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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Metal Jewellery Design Certificate Info Session

Graduates of this program pursue employment within the jewellery industry, or operate their own business or studio workshop. 

Attend a free information session to learn about NIC's Metal Jewellery Design Certificate and part-time courses. Meet instructors, ask questions, and discover the field of jewellery making and design.

Admission is free, registration is required to attend so visit the course information to register online.

Date: February 23, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm - 8 pm
Location: Metal Jewellery Studio (Rm D209), Campbell River campus

For more information contact Julia Peters at or call: 250-923-9724. 

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Continuing Education: Non-Profit Leadership Courses

Learn how to develop project proposals, brush up on effective communication, or get practical tips about board governance and more during non-profit leadership courses at the Comox Valley campus.

Project Proposals & Contract Management for Non-Profits

Explore elements of writing a successful grant application, including an understanding of the legal and contract requirements of grant funding.

  • Date: Friday, February 24
  • Time: 9 am - 4:30 pm
  • Location: Comox Valley campus
  • Cost: $179
  • Register online

Effective Communication

Successful communication has the potential to engage others, strengthen relationships, achieve results, save time, and reduce confusion, frustration and conflict.

  • Date: Friday, March 10
  • Time: 9 am - 4 pm
  • Location: Comox Valley campus
  • Cost: $179
  • Register online

Board Governance

Board directors and volunteers in the not-for profit sector will learn practical tips and insights that can enrich their work and enhance their value of the board.

  • Date: Friday, March 24
  • Time: 9 am - 4:30 pm
  • Location: Comox Valley campus
  • Cost: $179
  • Register online

Questions? Visit NIC's Continuing Education to find out more or call 250-334-5005 for further information.


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New Directions for Older Workers Program
in Campbell River

Are you between the ages of 55 and 64?  Unemployed? Lacking the skills to find new employment?
Can you legally work in Canada? 
Access training in your own community starting this February with North Island College. Get the skills necessary to go in a new direction with your career.
  • Assessment of Skills
  • Employability Skills
  • Computer Skills
  • Life Skills Training
  • Return to Work Action Plan
  • Entrepreneurship
Date: February 27, 2017 - May 18, 2017
Location: Campbell River campus
For more information, contact Wendy Samaroden at 1-888-293-3177 ext 7728 or email
New Directions for Older Workers Program in Campbell River
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Artist Talk Series Winter 2017

We are pleased to announce the guest artists for the Artist Talk Series (Winter 2017) presented by North Island College School of Fine Art and Design and Emily Carr University.

Admission is FREE and lectures are open to the public.

  • Time: Tuesdays 12 pm - 12:50 pm
  • Location: Stan Hagen Theatre, Komoux Hall, Comox Valley campus

Artist Talk Series Schedule

Neil McClelland and Jeroen Witvliet - Feb 28 (NEW DATE)

Jeroen Witvliet is an artist born in the Netherlands. He has received his BFA from the Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam, and studied at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Jeroen received his MFA from the University of Victoria, BC in 2014. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions at artist run, commercial and public galleries in Europe and North America.

Neil McClelland is a Canadian artist originally from Quebec and currently located in Victoria, British Columbia. He received his MFA from the University of Victoria in 2014 and is a 2016 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grantee. Neil was the 2010 artist-in-residence at Harcourt House and an active member of the Edmonton art community during the many years he lived in Alberta. He has exhibited in artist-run, public, and commercial galleries across Canada and teaches at Vancouver Island School of Art and at the University of Victoria.


Sonny Assu - Mar 7

Sonny Assu was raised in North Delta, BC, over 250 km away from his home ancestral home on Vancouver Island. Having been raised as your "everyday average suburban white-kid" it was not until he was eight years old that he discovered his Kwakwaka'wakw heritage. Later in life, this discovery would be the conceptual focal point of his contemporary art practice.

Vida Simon & Jack Stanley - Mar 14

Vida Simon's work incorporates various media combined to form site-responsive installations and performances. Her work has been presented internationally, in a wide range of contexts-galleries, hotel rooms, storefronts, theatres, rooftops, a former synagogue, an old horse stable, and a century-old house on Fogo Island, Newfoundland.

Jack Stanley is a writer, curator and arts administrator based in Montreal. His interest in institutional critique started in the ‘90s while studying at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Since then he has been preoccupied with the issue of place and the often-overlooked significance of context in the production and reception of artworks.

Rita Mckeough - Mar 21


Rita McKeough is a Calgary-based audio, media installation and performance artist who has exhibited throughout Canada since the late 1970s. Her work has been featured in Radio Rethink: Essays on Art, Sound and Transmission (Banff Centre for the Arts, 1993) and Caught in the Act: Canadian Women in Performance (YYZ Books, 2004). Born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. McKeough studied printmaking and sculpture at the University of Calgary where she received her BFA. She went on to study at the NSCAD University where she was awarded her MFA. In 2009 she was awarded the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.


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Poetry Reading & Guided Workshop in Port Alberni

Join NIC on Monday, March 6 in Port Alberni for a guided workshop and poetry reading from the City of Surrey's Poet Lareate, Renee Sarojini Saklikar. 

Renée won the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry in 2014. Her book, Children of Air India: un/authorized exhibits and interjections, examines the Air India bombing and its impact on people.
Free Guided Poetry Workshop 12:30 - 1:30 pm
North Island College
Room S108
Free Public Reading at 7:00 pm
(Meet and greet at 6 pm)
ADSS Auditorium
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NIC's 7th Annual Career Fair

Join our Student Employment Services for the next annual NIC Career Fair on March 8, 2017. This event is free for students and is designed to provide employers the opportunity to promote their companies and meet with hundreds of skilled and enthusiastic potential future employees in the Comox Valley region.

Whether you are looking for an employee to fill your short-term, seasonal, or permanent positions, you will meet with exceptional current students, soon-to-be-graduates, alumni, and community members at this event. Register as an exhibitor at the event.

Location: Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay BC
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Time: 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

About Student Employment Services

Student Employment Services (SES) is here to help you! We can guide you in developing strategies for effective job searching, while connecting you with businesses and organizations that are seeking new employees. Improve your resume building, letter-writing and interview skills and learn more about co-op education opportunities.

Questions? Contact an SES advisor at or call: 250-334-5000 (Comox Valley campus) 250-923-9700 (Campbell River campus).


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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.