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From June 20 to August 13, the campus stores at Campbell River and Port Alberni will be closed.

But don't worry! If you're a student who has registered in a July/August class, you can still buy your textbooks! You may arrange for purchase of required textbooks by contacting:

NIC’s Comox Valley Campus Store
(250) 334-5013 or 1-800-715-0914

The Comox Valley campus store is open from Monday to Thurday, from 11am to 2pm.

Please provide:

  • a telephone number,
  • the best time to contact you,
  • and the course and section for which texts are required. (You'll find this on your registration form.)

When a Bookstore Sales Clerk contacts you, please be prepared to provide your credit card number and expiry date to arrange delivery of required titles. Procedures for cash and debit sales will be discussed. Titles will be shipped once payment is received.

For your convenience, you can pick-up your textbooks at NIC’s Campbell River, Comox Valley or Port Alberni campuses. You can also arrange to ship your books to any other location (shipping charges will apply.)


When: Monday, July 28
Where: Comox Valley campus
Cost: $675
Course Code: FAC 015

If you're a professional first responder or wish to enter the field of first response, this course will provide you with the skills for pre-hospital care. 

Learn techniques for sustaining life, preventing further injuries, and caring for illnesses and injuries until the next level of medical personnel arrives. Students will also learn CPR level HCP and AED, and graduates receive certification valid for three years. Course runs at the Comox Valley campus from July 28 to Aug 1, Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

Participants must be certified in CPR Level C. Before beginning the course, preparatory reading and homework is required and will be provided. Students must be 16 years of age or older, and students under 19 years of age require a signed waiver from a parent or guardian.

Register online by clicking on the section you wish to join, or contact Student Services at 1-800-715-0914.

North Island College is seeking peer tutors for the Fall 2013 and Winter 2014 semesters. 

Peer tutors are paid student employees at NIC who provide face-to-face and/or video conference tutoring.  In general, peer tutors help students build long term learning strategies and study skills; they reinforce student knowledge and build student confidence; they help build content skills in their area of study; and they act as a model student and mentor.  Tutors may work up to a maximum of 10 hrs per week in the program. Actual hours of work will be determined by tutoring demand. Paid tutor training is mandatory and will be scheduled throughout the year.

Successful applicants will have a strong academic record, they will provide current references from NIC instructors or former teachers, and they will have exemplary interpersonal skills. 

If you wish to apply for a position in this support program please complete the Fall 2014 Peer Tutor Application Form and email a copy to  Applicants who are short listed will be called for an interview.  Some applicants may be called later in the year as demand increases.  


When: Thursday, August 07 at 6:30 PM
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 Thursday, Aug. 7 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.

When: Monday, August 18
Where: Campbell River campus
Cost: $710
Course Code: OFA 030

Learn life-saving skills in this Workers' Compensation Board course, including resuscitation; treatment of wounds; treatment of thermal, joint, spinal and eye injuries; immobilization; transportation; and much more. Graduates qualify for certification as Level 3 First Aid Attendants by WSBC, valid for three years.

Course runs from Aug 18 to Aug 29 at the Campbell River campus. Classes will be held Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Students must be 16 years of age or older, and students under the age of 19 require a signed waiver from a parent or guardian. Before beginning the course, preparatory reading and homework is required and will be provided.

To register, visit OFA 030 Occupational First Aid Level 3 and click on the section you wish to join, or contact Student Services at 1-800-715-0914.

When: Tuesday, August 19
Where: Campbell River, Comox Valley, Port Alberni
Cost: $65
Course Code: UST 101

Starting college or university this fall?  University 101 is for you!

This popular course aims to get you the grades you want, with far less effort.  Open to students in all programs, both new and returning, this course will help you learn and practice the critical skills that instructors have identified as essential for success. Discover how to manage stress and balance work, school, fun and family.

You'll also learn how to recognize your learning style to use your time more effectively. Make sure your papers are on time, take better notes before you get to university, and ensure you have the study time you need to get the best grades possible this year.

All courses run from August 19 to August 21 at the times listed below:

Port Alberni Campus
Time: 9 am to Noon

Comox Valley Campus
Time: 9 am to Noon

Campbell River Campus
Time: 1 pm to 4 pm 

Registration and fees are due before the start of the first class. For more information, call 1-800-715-0914 or register at Student Services on any NIC campus.

When: Friday, August 29
Where: Comox Valley campus
Cost: tuition-free for eligible applicants
Course Code: BUS 248

Gain skills and techniques for effective management of non-profit organizations with BUS 248 Intro to Non-Profit Management, offered at the Comox Valley campus this fall.


Developed by the BC Centre for Non-Profit Development, this program explores board governance, marketing and public relations, resource fundraising, volunteer management, and much more. Classes will take place on eight days spread over four months, with Friday classes running from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, and Saturday classes from 9 am to 4 pm. Class dates are Sept. 26 and 27; Oct. 24 and 25; Nov. 14 and 15; and Dec. 5 and 6. 


Note: The BC Centre for Non-Profit Development has allocated funding to cover tuition expense for eligible volunteers, board members or staff members of non-profit organizations. To apply for sponsorship:

  • Print and complete a Continuing Education application form,
  • Attach a letter outlining why you are interested in taking this program,
  • Submit your resume which outlines your volunteer experience,
  • Provide 2 letters of reference supporting your application for training sponsorship, and
  • Submit your application and supporting documentation to:
    North Island College, Comox Valley campus
    2300 Ryan Road
    Courtenay, BC V9N 8N9
    Attention: Karen McComber

Application deadline is Aug. 29. For more information about the course or registration, please contact Continuing Education or call 1-800-715-0914. 



When: Tuesday, September 02 at 9:00 AM
Where: Campbell River, Comox Valley, and Port Alberni campuses
Cost: Free

Start the new year right with NIC's annual Orientation Day for new and returning students in Port Alberni, the Comox Valley, and Campbell River (with Vigar Road Vocational Centre students attending at the Campbell River campus).

  • Tour the campus,
  • Attend your program orientation,
  • Meet your instructors and fellow students,
  • Attend student workshops,
  • Get to know your Student Union,
  • Enjoy a free BBQ, and
  • Get your picture taken for your NIC student card.

Watch for Orientation Day schedules and more information to come, or contact Lori Boray, Student Recruitment Office, at 250-334-5267.


When: Sunday, September 21 at 1:00 PM
Where: Coastal Black Estate Winery
Cost: $50/adult, $10/youth

Sample the tastes of the Island and meet Vancouver Island chefs, vintners, and food producers at a gourmet picnic September 21, at Coastal Black Estate Winery.

Learn more about all the region has to offer while supporting scholarships and bursaries for NIC Professional Cook (Culinary Arts) students, as well as the North Islands’ Chefs Association and Farmers’ Market Association. See for details.

Adult tickets are $50. Youth tickets (6 years – 12 years) are $10. Children under 5 years are free. Family passes and shuttle bus transportation are also available.

Tickets sales for this much-anticipated sell-out event begin at 10 am on Sunday, June 1. Guests can purchase tickets online at or in person at the Coastal Black Estate Winery in Black Creek.