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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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Port Alberni Psychology instructor Dr. Michael Catchpole is heading to an RCMP commanding officers' conference in Vancouver to speak about PTSD. He is a well regarded expert on anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, and trauma- and stress-related disorders.

He also loves sharing his knowledge with students at NIC, where he's been teaching first and second year psychology for over three decades.

"When I walked into class this September, I had the same buzz I did 37 years ago," Dr. Catchpole said. "As instructors we get to share our passion and professional knowledge with students and it makes teaching that much more exciting."

Dr. Catchpole earned a PhD in psychology from the University of British Columbia in 1977 and has been a full time member of the Department of Psychology at North Island College since 1978. He first began disseminating psychological knowledge via television in 1980 when he piloted the British Columbia Institute of Technology Anik-B satellite project delivering live Introductory and Child Psychology televised courses into several communities around British Columbia and the Yukon.

From 1982-1992 he produced and taught live televised psychology courses to students and the public across Western Canada via the Knowledge Network television service. Starting in 1992 Dr. Catchpole began piloting the use of videoconferencing in educational delivery and continues to offer psychology courses via this medium.

Dr. Catchpole also teaches online disability management courses for Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences. He has delivered over 100 workshops on psychology-related topics for various school, parent and police groups both nationally and internationally.

Throughout his career he has received a number of awards, and in 2014, the Washington DC-based Instructional Technology Council, an affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges, awarded Dr. Catchpole its Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is given each year at the ITC’s E-Learning conference to an exemplary leader who has made a lifetime contribution to innovation within the field of distance learning.

Read more about Dr. Catchpole in our Associate of Arts Degree  faculty profiles.

For more information on availability in his Winter Term Psychology courses (PSY-131 in PA & available by distance, PSY-235 in PA/PH/CV & CR, and PSY-251 in PA) click here.



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Share ItThe federal election is right around the corner, and as part of our campaign to encourage NIC students, staff and faculty to vote on Oct. 19, we are sharing our pledges to participate on social media.

NIC Votes for Canada stickers are being distributed to all our campuses, so make sure to pick one up and let people know you are a voter.

Stickers can be picked up at the following locations:

  • NISU Representatives
  • NIC Bookstores
  • Student Services (registration) offices

Encourage others to also take part and vote in the upcoming federal election. Share your photo with the hashtag #NICVotesForCanada on Facebook (please mark your photo as public so we can see it), Twitter or Instagram. We may repost leave site your photo!

North Island College has 4400 students and employs more than 480 people throughout the region. Our actions as a group can be tremendous. Thank-you for your participation, we look forward to seeing your pictures online.

For full campaign details, as well as information on how and where to vote, please visit our NIC Votes For Canada page.


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NIC faculty and staff are invited to attend an information session with representatives from the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) at NIC's Comox Valley campus on Monday, October 5 @ 3pm, in the Stan Hagen Theatre.

Learn about opportunities to be part of a unique volunteer experience with the Leave for Change program!

From the World University Service of Canada website:

"Employees today are looking for meaningful opportunities to grow and give back. Sharing skills in an intercultural context is one of the most transformative experiences for employees. Leave for Change® is a corporate volunteering initiative that enables employees from participating organizations to transform part of their annual leave into a three to four week volunteer assignment in a developing country. Employers also support the participation of their employees and cover a part of the costs through a fee per assignment."

Come on out and discover how you can get involved.

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Students Without BordersRepresentatives from the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) will be on campus on Monday, October 5 to host an information session for NIC students about the Students Without Borders program.

From the World University Service of Canada website:

"Students Without Borders® offers students and recent graduates of Canadian postsecondary institutions the opportunity to work and contribute to development projects with our local partner organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Based on a 'needs driven' approach, both the student and the local partner organization benefit from such an experience."

SWB is a partner driven program where qualified students spend 3 to 8 months in Africa, Asia or Latin America to:

  • work with WUSC and CECI’s local partners in their area of expertise;
  • gain a better understanding of global issues and perspectives;
  • potentially gain academic credits after successful completion of their placement;
  • share knowledge and learn from first-hand experience.

The information session will be held at 4pm on Monday, October 5, in the Stan Hagen theatre. Come on out and learn how you can get involved!

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When: Tuesday, October 06 from Noon to Oct 06 12:45 PM
Where: Stan Hagen Theatre, Komoux Hall, North Island College, Comox Valley campus
Cost: Free

North Island College School of Fine Art and Design & Emily Carr University present the Artist Talk Series Fall 2015

Renée Poisson Tuesday October 6

Renée Poisson is an established Artist, who has worked with sculpture for 35 years. Since 2000, her practice has expanded to explore the realms of video, sound, performance and multimedia.  Working as an independent producer/director, Poisson orchestrates her own camerawork, sound and editing, she creates documentaries and experimental videos.

Poisson’s art emerges from a sensibility grounded in the earth that integrates electronic media with physical creation. She lives in Merville, in the Comox Valley; her rural environment has been an essential element in the development of her work. The artist’s film work has been selected for the Festival International du Film sur l’Art in Montreal in 2003. She has received grants from the BC Arts Council and Canada Council. She has been an Artist-in-residence in Montreal; Saint Port-Joli, Quebec; Brienz, Switzerland. Poisson's work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. 

Admission is FREE and lectures are open to the public. Any questions regarding the NIC/ECU Artist Talk series, contact Sara Vipond

Interested in NIC’s Fine Arts & Design program? Read more here.

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Explore writing from the North Island with NIC’s Write Here Readers Series and discover a region rich in stories and storytellers.

Attend this exciting series of free lectures, launches, and intimate literary discussions, where you'll enjoy writers of national significance and writers from our own back yard.

Upcoming highlights in the Comox Valley:

Oct 7, 7pm @ the Tyee Hall Lounge of NIC in Courtenay: Join award-winning author Brian Brett for an evening of poetry and fiction as he reads from his recent works.

Former chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada and a journalist for four decades, Brett is best known as a poet, memoir writer, and fictionist. Brett is best known as a poet, memoir writer, and fictionist. He is the author of twelve books including his best-seller and award winning non-fiction book Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life.

Write Here Readers SeriesOct 13, 7pm @ Tyee Hall Lounge of NIC in Courtenay: Join Broadview Press founder and Nanaimo-based author Don LePan as he reads from his recent novel Rising Stories: A Novel and discusses the place of tall buildings in our world.

Rising Stories is a sometimes wrenching, sometimes amusing, always thought-provoking novel.

Find out more about these acclaimed authors and a full list of readers across NIC campuses, visit our Write Here Readers Series page.

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When: Thursday, October 15 from 7:00 PM to Oct 15 8:30 PM
Where: Port Alberni
Cost: Free

Discover “The Truth About Writing YA (Young Adult) Fiction” with award-winning Canadian author Monique Polak in this hands-on workshop for both beginner or practiced writers.

Learn the many steps that go into writing a YA novel — from generating ideas and doing research to getting a manuscript ready for publication. In addition to reading excerpts from her work, Monique will share loads of practical tips.

She will also do a short writing exercise designed to help participants find the stories they most need to tell. Read more about the author and find details about the event on our Write Here Readers Series page.

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Disney International Academic Exchange ProgramDisney reps will be coming to the NIC Comox Valley campus' Stan Hagen Theatre on Oct. 19 from 11:30am-12:30pm. They will host an info session about study abroad opportunities for NIC students with Disney International.

This is an event that is open to all community members, high school students and NIC students who are curious about Disney International’s Academic Exchange program, a partnership between NIC and the University of California, Riverside.

“My co-op experience at Disney was phenomenal. I would go back in a second,” said NIC student Brianna Faucher, who attended Disney in 2014. “I knew I was going to experience a lot of culture but I didn’t know how profoundly it was going to impact me. It changed the direction of my life.”

NIC is one of only a small group of post secondary institutions across the country that is offering this unique and exciting program. It is one that is designed for those pursuing careers in international tourism, hospitality management and business. As part of the program, students can earn an international tourism credential from a California university and applied skills at Disney International.

Learn more about the Tourism and Hospitality Management Diploma, or contact Student Services with further questions at: 1-800-715-0914 or email:

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Is your community or non-profit organization looking for funds to sustain or develop a project or program? Learning the language of grant writing greatly increases the chances of success! NIC's 2-Day Effective Grant Writing Course is taking place on October 22 & 23, 2015 at the Comox Valley campus from 9:00 - 4:00 pm. Cost is $350 plus GST. 

Deadline is October 8, and seats are limited. Register online now, or phone in with credit card payment to 250-334-5005.

Also available for immediate registration with Continuing Education @ NIC:

Building Effective Teams (COM-070) - Research indicates only one out of five teams are high performing. Learning to work effectively as a team or within a team is critical in today's world. In this highly interactive course you will learn the key factors and skills required by anyone leading or working within a team. 
Friday, October 2 from 9-4:30 pm 

Coaching Out Of The Box (GENI-5330) - Imagine if everyone incorporated basic coaching skills into their professional and personal lives. How would that change and enhance the way people work and interact with each other? Utilizing coaching skills lets you get the best of yourself and team, increase staff engagement, improve performance and achieve results. 
Friday, October 23 from 8:30-5:00 pm 

Effective Communication (COM-051) - In today's competitive business world and difficult economy, effective communication is more essential than ever. Developing an engaging and responsive style will lead to positive results for you, your team and your business. This unique, innovative workshop is designed to take your communication skills to the next level. 
Friday, November 6 from 9-4:00 pm 

Strategic Planning: Not-For-Profits (NPM-025) - Geared towards non-profit leaders and board directors wanting to impact change and build a stronger organization. Strategic Planning is an essential process for helping organizations create a blueprint to achieve business objectives. You will acquire practical techniques and insights to facilitate strategic thinking and planning. 
Friday, October 16 from 9-4:30 pm 

Register online or in person. For information visit Continuing Education at NIC or call 250-334-5005

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When: Friday, October 23 to Oct 25
Where: North Island College, Comox Valley Campus

NIC Proudly Presents: Inspire, Advocate, Unleash!
The 2015 Canadian Student Nursing Association Western / Prairie Regional Conference

Join NIC's Bachelor of Science in Nursing students in hosting the nursing students from across Western Canada October 23 to 25, 2015 in the Comox Valley.

The Canadian Nursing Student Association Western Regional conference is the first time NIC nursing students have hosted this regional conference, and several local students have been instrumental to its success.

Conference speakers include inspirational registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and nursing consultants from across Western Canada, including remote First Nations communities.

Students will also have access to a new grad panel and an experiential workshop designed to help nursing students explore the effects of residential schools and Canada's assimilation policies while understanding Aboriginal ways and values.

Register online by July 20, 2015 for early bird pricing. North Island College students can contact Heidi Boettcher for a registration form.

For more information on submitting abstracts, speakers, and where to stay in the Comox Valley, visit


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When: Tuesday, October 27 from 10:00 AM to Oct 27 1:00 PM
Where: Campbell River campus
Cost: $10
Course Code: CREC 1777

Playwright Steve Hill will be in Campbell River for a reading of his play, When I'm 64 on Oct 27 in the NIC theatre of the Campbell River campus. The reading will feature Betty Donaldson, Kate Fairley, Jennifer Gordon, Lynn Hodge, Sharon Pridham, Jeannine Taylor and will be followed by an audience discussion. 

"We will explore the importance of creativity in our elder years and the opportunities in community theatre to learn new skills and make new friends." - Steve Hill

This event is offered through ElderCollege and attendees must be a member of the Campbell River ElderCollege to register ($10 +GST). Membership is available online or in person at your nearest campus.

About When I'm 64:

"Funny, poignant, authentic." - The Record, Katherine Gibson

Tales of loss and shattered expectations and the power of choice. This contemporary play highlights six women in Comox Valley who are facing life-altering transitions. Watch a "Behind The Scenes" video for more about the play:



Do you want to know more about ElderCollege? Learn about our unique community of adult learners.





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When: Tuesday, November 03 at 6:45 PM
Where: Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus
Cost: Free admission, everyone welcome

The Comox Valley Project Watershed Society, with the support of North Island College, is hosting a forum about the Project Watershed community vision for the restoration and long-term conservation of the decommissioned Field Sawmill site.

The informal community open house is set for November 3rd with our supporters, local stewardship groups and interested members of the general public. We have received support for this project from the City of Courtenay, the K’ómoks First Nation and other senior environmental organizations.  We feel that hearing from the local community is an essential next step and part of our due diligence process for this project.  The objectives of the open house are to:

1.         Communicate our conservation and restoration vision for the property;
2.         Gauge from those attending the open house the level of support for this project in the community;
3.         Solicit input regarding particular constraints, issues or design features that we should consider.

This event is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 in the Stan Hagen Theatre on NIC's Comox Valley campus. The doors will open at 6:45pm.  

Displays will be present and the forum will start at 7:15 pm.

For more information, contact Lisa LaRose at 250-703-2871.

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Save the date! NIC’s first ever Parent Open House event will be taking place at the CV Campus' Stan Hagen Theatre on November 17. This will be an enjoyable evening for parents and high school students to inform themselves of what NIC has to offer. You’ll learn about our programs and areas of study, while meeting with faculty in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

We will be posting more details as they come, so check back soon for more information! For now, feel free to browse our  NIC In Your Community resources or view our Programs and Courses guide.

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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: