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Students in the Comox Valley have a unique opportunity to learn a language spoken by more people as a native language than any other in the world.

The following Mandarin course is designed for beginning learners:

  • Introduction to Chinese 2: Winter 2016
    Learn Chinese expressions and grammar, write longer paragraphs and engage in Chinese language conversations. This course will take place from Jan 4 - Apr 8, 2016 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1pm - 2:30pm at Tyee Hall, Room 205.

This course can transfer to UVic and several other universities across BC. It also compliments the Spanish and French language programming opportunities already available at NIC. 

Questions? Contact us through Student Services and Registration. Call 1-800-715-0914 or email


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Microsoft and North Island College are offering Microsoft Office to every Student and Employee of North Island College free of charge for use on their own personal computing devices.

This means you will be able to download and install the latest version of the full Office productivity suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and more! For as long as you're a student or employee at NIC and this program continues, you'll be able to use Office software for free installed on up to five compatible PCs and Macs.

To get your Office follow these simple steps for PC & Mac:

  • You will need an or email account.
  • Visit
  • Choose Student or Teachers (for all employees of NIC) and click on "Find out if you are eligible."
  • You will be asked to provide your NIC email address.
  • A confirmation email will be sent to your NIC email address, click on "Complete Office 365 Education signup."
  • You will be asked to create a Microsoft password.
  • Once complete, you will be forwarded to the installation page, click on "Install Now" to download your copy of Microsoft Office!

Thereafter you can access this website by going to

If you have trouble installing Office, this guide may resolve your issue:

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Students can download the Blackboard Learn Mobile App, FREE for IOS and Android. Click on the links, or search for it under "Blackboard Mobile Learn" in the app store.

Blackboard is used for most courses across our NIC campuses, and gives students a quick, unique and convenient access to class communications. Stay up to date on course information, get updates from instructors, submit papers, and more through Blackboard Learn.

Students have direct access their My Blackboard Learn Classes via their MyNIC account, if you have not yet registered for a MyNIC account, visit our login page.






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Register Today for CE Board Governance Workshop

If you serve on a Board of Directors this workshop will be of benefit to you. Learn practical tips and insights that can enrich your work and increase your value on the board.

Register online now or in person at the Student Registration office in Discovery Hall by November 13 to ensure a seat.

When: Friday, November 27
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Where: Comox Valley campus
Cost: $179
Course Code: NPM-020

Interested in learning more about NIC's Continuing Education courses? Visit our program page or contact Student Services for more info at: 1-800-715-0914, email:


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Start Electrical Foundation In Feb 2016:
NIC Port Alberni & Campbell River campuses

Electricians are predicted to be the ninth most in-demand occupational group requiring post-secondary training in BC. Work BC Predicts up to 7,400 Electrician job openings over the next 7 years according to the BC 2022 Labour Market Outlook.

Be in demand! Read more about program details and registration information for our Electrical Foundation program beginning Feb. 2016 at NIC's Port Alberni and Campbell River campuses.

Skills Acquired:

  • Industry Training Authority (ITA) approved training.
  • Learn strong theoretical technical training while also developing a solid mastery of applied skills.
  • Earn apprenticeship technical training credit towards Interprovincial (Red Seal) certification.

Career possibilities:

Skilled electricians are needed in a growing number of areas, including residential, commercial, and industrial electrical construction, electrical maintenance and service, marine electrical work, and utilities.

Program Highlights:

The Electrical Foundation program, which consists of two blocks of training, provides you with strong technical knowledge while developing the fundamental skills that electricians require.

During the first 8-week block, you gain generic trade skills and knowledge, preparing you for further study. In the second block, which lasts for 16 weeks, you will participate in an enhanced year one Electrical apprenticeship training session. Here, you will develop both the theoretical and practical skills required of a first-year apprentice.

Mickey Bliss (pictured right with student) is an award-winning instructor with NIC.

Questions? Contact Student Services at 1-800-715-0914 or email:

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Continuing Education: Nursing Foot Care
starting Feb 2016 in Port Alberni

When: Feb 15 - 24, 2016
Time: 9 am - 4 pm
Tuition: $895 approx.
Where: Port Alberni campus
Course Code: FTC-010

Gain theoretical instruction and clinical practice in nursing foot care from a holistic approach. Topics include prevention and treatment of foot care disorders, factors affecting foot health, preparation to provide nursing foot care services within a health care setting and in private practice.

For more information, and to register, see course details.

Questions about Continuing Education at NIC? Visit CE on the website or contact 1-800-715-0914.

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After the Earth Shook: Three local relief workers share their experience at the 2015 Nepal earthquake

Discover the challenges and truth behind the disaster response in Nepal as mountain guide Jan Neuspiel, registered nurse Jen MacDonell and emergency medical technician Jason Stevens share their greatest learning experiences and most unexpected challenges.

When: Wednesday, November 25, 7 pm
Where: Comox Valley Campus | Stan Hagen Theatre

Admission by donation to NIC’s Global Learning Initiative
Donations of men’s socks and clothing will also be collected at the event on behalf of the Comox Valley Eureka Club.

For more information, contact Cathy Clark
250-334-5067 |

About the Global Learning Initiative

The Global Learning Initiative is a student driven project that creates partnerships with local communities and individuals to foster awareness of global issues. Students and faculty have travelled to Uganda, Nepal, Mozambique, Rivers Inlet and Kingcome Inlet as part of NIC’s Global Learning Initiative. The intent of the project is to facilitate a greater understanding of global health issues, by learning about social and health practices in local and foreign settings, and to provide students with opportunities to experience different contexts and cultures. Global Learning has partnered with such organizations as World Community, Africa Technical Service (ACTS) and A’eka-lixil to realize these goals.

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When: Thursday, November 26 from 6:30 PM to Nov 26 8:00 PM
Where: Campbell River
Cost: Free
Course Code: GENI 1212


NIC's Campbell River campus is hosting a Metal Jewellery Information Session, Nov 26, Thur 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm in Room D210. This free information session will give prospective students the opportunity to meet instructors and learn about the Metal Jewellery Design Certificate as well as the Jewellery and Metal Art summer workshops and part-time evening and weekend courses available at NIC.

Tour the well-equipped studio, discover more about the field of jewellery making and design, learn about jewellery-making equipment and tools, and see what past students have accomplished. There is no cost to attend but we ask that you please confirm your attendance by pre-registering.

Learn more about NIC's Continuing Education programs or watch this video featuring our Metal Jewellery Design Certificate program:


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Landscape Horticulture Apprenticeship Training Info Session (Level 1)

NIC's Comox Valley campus is hosting a Continuing Education Info Session on Landscape Horticulture Apprenticeship Training (Level 1). The event takes place on Nov 26, from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.

This free info session will give prospective students the opportunity to meet instructors and learn about the 12-week, part-time program starting February 2016. For those interested in attending please pre-register online or at the student registration office.

The program is designed for people employed at landscape companies, municipal parks, golf courses, garden centres, nurseries, and other related horticulture businesses. Horticulture Apprenticeship links learning and employment by providing apprentices the opportunity to further their education, while maintaining employment in the horticulture industry.

Find out more about the course in this brochure or by visiting our program page. Questions? Contact Student Services at: 1-800-715-0914 or email:

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Be Inspired to Develop Your Own Internship

When: Nov 27, 2015
Time: 10 am - 11 am
Where: Comox Valley campus, TTB 104

Join BUS 500 internship students, Gbemisola Falade and Anurag Das, for presentations on their recent successful workplace experiences aimed to inspire, inform and motivate any student planning a work placement in 2016. This event is open to all students, staff, and faculty, and is a great learning opportunity for new business students who've not yet undertaken their internship. 

The short presentations (10 minutes each) will be followed by a Q&A along with a general discussion of Canadian workplace culture, norms and expectations. 

Are you ready to work in 2016? Find the job that's right for you at Student Employment Services.


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North Island Hospital Project Panel Presentation

When: Tuesday, Dec 1
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm (Doors open at 5:30)
Location: Comox Valley campus, Stan Hagen Theatre
Cost: Free

Two new hospitals are scheduled to open in the fall of 2017 in Comox and Campbell River. Do you have unanswered questions? Are you wondering what will happen with the existing hospitals?

This event is open to all NIC nursing students and faculty. Come engage in with members of the NIHP. Listen to what the speakers have to say about the many questions received so far. 

Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Key Speakers will include:

Tom Sparrow: PMP MBA MSc Chief Project Officer

John Fitzgerald: RN, BN, MHSM Clinical Project Director

Kerry Morrison: RN, BSN, EMBA Director of Operations & Transformation
Christina Lumley: RN, BSN, Clinical Project Manager
Richard Reid:  B.Com, CHRP Director of Human Resources/Transitions
Michael Morrison: MBA, CPA, CMA General Manager

For more information on this event or any questions, contact Student Services at: 1-800-715-0914, email:


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Free Film Screening of "The Hunting Ground" Presented by NISU

When: Dec. 2
Doors Open/Refreshments: 5:30 pm
Details: Keynote 6:00pm, screening at 6:20pm. Discussion to follow.
Where: Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus
Cost: Free

Please be advised this film is intended for an adult audience and the topic may be disturbing to some audiences.

The Hunting Ground is a documentary film about rape on college campuses in the United States written and directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Amy Ziering. It premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

The documentary focuses on Andrea Pino and Annie E. Clark, two former University of North Carolina students who were raped while enrolled in school and led a campaign to file a complaint against UNC.

See the NISU Facebook event for more information.



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Kwak'wala Language Course:
Now Offered at Mount Waddington Campus

When: Jan. 4 - Apr. 22, 2016
Time: Wednesday nights, from 5 pm - 8 pm
Where: Sacred Wolf Friendship Centre, Port Hardy
Course code: KWA-096

North Island College will be offering a provincial-level introduction to Kwak'wala Language course (KWA 096) at the Mount Waddington campus in Port Hardy, beginning January 2016.

Students will learn basic conversation, structure and pronunciation in a Kwak'wala language immersion setting with a focus on listening and speaking.

See course details and registration information.

Language and Healing Logo (Right)

This logo I designed for students learning our language. The tree, in the middle, is the cedar tree; our tree of life. It represents, the Hase’, the breath of our ancestors. The roots of the tree are those who are learning our language. This depicts the understanding that our Hase?, our language, depends on each and every one of us for survival. Each of us must become more knowledgeable with the language. This will increase the longevity and lifespan of our Hase’ and bring forth a time of healing for all of our people. Healing is deeply rooted to the breath of our ancestors and reconnecting to all that we are. True healing can only be found in the revitalization of our languages. In the design the roots transform into the eagles wings, this stands for the journey we are taking and how we are taking flight with the Hase’. We are taking flight with our language into the revival of our culture and our heritage.

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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English Courses Starting This January

Read and study contemporary English Literature for credit or interest, whether you are an NIC student, in ElderCollege or Continuing Education studies.

ENG-230: Narratives of Love & Sex
location: CV campus, Tyee Hall, Room 204
Dates: Jan 5, 2016 - April 7, 2016
Times: Tuesday, Thursday 1 pm - 2:30 pm

Register Now

Course Info: For 2016 winter the topic is narratives of love and sex. This course introduces the function of narrative and examines narrative method in a variety of genres such as poetry, fiction, drama, biography, autobiography, essay, film and textbook.

ENG-213: Introduction to Canadian Literature II
Locations: CV, PA and CR campuses
Date: Jan 4, 2016 - April 6, 2016
Times: Monday, Wednesday, 1 pm - 2:30 pm

Register Now

Course Info: Students will be introduced to contemporary Canadian literature including poetry, short fiction and the novel. Key topics may include nationality, regional identity, ethnicity, gender, postcolonial theory, and wilderness vs. urban influences.

For more about English courses available through NIC, visit our full course listings details or contact Student Services at 1-800-715-0914 and email: