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Early Childhood Care & Education 2016/2017

Work towards your BC Certification! Join classes from the Port Alberni campus via interactive TV and online to participate in a vibrant community of learners with a broad range of experiences. Courses are scheduled during Monday and Thursday evenings, allowing you to continue with other commitments while studying.

Learn more about Community Care opportunities at North Island College.

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Student Loan Webinars for NIC Students

Government Student Loan Recipients: Sign-up for the National Student Loan Service Centre (NSLSC) repayment webinars to find out about interest savings & more! 

For students who have received government student loans during your academic life, these webinars are available to answer the question: ‘what happens next’ and to help provide options for repaying loans. 

We encourage you to look at the following dates to see which webinar best works for your schedule. These presentations are given by the NSLSC, are one hour in length and are free of charge.

Register here, and choose the time and date that works best for you. You will then receive an e-mail confirmation with the webinar login information.

Questions about student loans? NIC Student Services can help guide you to the right resources and assistance. Call: 1-800-715-0914 or email

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Study Applied Business Technology

Attention continuing & invited Applied Business Technology (ABT) students: 

Appointments for ABT course planning for the upcoming Academic year 2016/2017 will begin on April 25. Please book your Education Advising appointment through Student Services at 1-800-715-0914

Take Your Office Career to the Next Level at NIC

Gain a wide range of business skills valued by employers with our Office Assistant Certificate, then continue your education by specializing in Administration, Medical, Computing Accounting, Legal Administration and Office Management. 

Balance work, family and study with our online courses available 24 hours a day. Participate in interactive classes, while you gain technical leadership skills. NIC"s dedicated faculty provide support and help when you need it. 

Seats fill quickly, so be sure to book your appointment with an educational advisor right away.


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NIC's 40th Anniversary

In 40 years more than 155,000 students, across 80,000 square kilometres have taken a course at NIC. To celebrate, we’ve put together a history of the college that highlights our humble beginnings in 1975, our progress and accomplishments of today as well as a look into tomorrow.

We're Not Done: We Need Your Stories

The insights, anecdotes, achievements and stories received from staff, students, faculty, alumni, and members of the community has been greatly rewarding. We're deeply appreciative of everything that has been sent our way, from emails to handwritten letters, audio recordings and newspaper clippings. We could only fit in a small handful of the memories that have been shared and we feel the need to give a voice to all the stories, including those that are still out there waiting to be heard.

The NIC Stories Facebook Group is a home for those stories. It is a group for anyone to post on - created for you, by you! Please help us develop the colourful, fun, inspiring history that is the college and its inclusive reach throughout the north island.

Join the group and leave your story on our wall. It can be a memorable moment, a picture, a recollection of NIC’s past, a run-in with Ian the ghost, a note about what inspires you about the college, or a funny memory of your time at NIC.

If you don't have access to social media, and would still like to share your story if you've not yet done so, send us an email at:

North Island College - Celebrating 40 Years of Education

Read the 40th Anniversary publication, and learn more about how the college moved from mobile learning units in vans during the 70s, and an ex-whaling ship, to classroom based learning with centres and campuses from Campbell River to Bella Coola.

Hard copy versions are coming soon to a mailbox near you! Check the Comox Valley Echo and Campbell River Mirror Friday, June 10, or the Alberni Valley News on Tuesday, June 14. Also on Wednesday, June 15, the publication will be available at the Port Hardy campus, as well as nearby locations including Mugz Coffee Bar, Port McNeill Museum, Port Hardy Museum, and Vancouver Island Regional Library (Port McNeill, Port Hardy and Alert Bay).

We hope you enjoy reading our story as much as we've enjoyed putting it together! Thank-you to all for your hard work, dedication, and enthusiastic commitment to our college and we look forward to reading (and sharing) more memories.


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Continuing Education: Summer Jewellery Courses

Summer is Coming!

Free as a bird? Add to your summer fun with jewellery courses in July, from NIC's Continuing Education. Seats are filling up fast so be sure to register today to save your spot.

(Pic: press die cut copper pendant by Rudi Aalborg)

Click on the course titles below to find out more, and to register:

Questions? Contact 1-800-715-0914 for more information or with any questions about our CE courses.



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Continuing Education: Nursing Foot Care

In this advanced foot care nursing course you will learn the best practice standards for cleansing and sterilizing the high risk foot. Topics include prevention and treatment foot disorders, factors affecting foot health, and preparation to provide nursing foot care services within a health care setting and in private practice. 

Date: Monday to Friday July 4 - 8, 2016 & Jul 11 & 12, 2016
Time: 9 am - 4 pm
Cost: $895 approx
Location: Comox Valley campus
Course Code: FTC-010

Register online now or contact 250-334-5005 for more information. Visit NIC's Continuing Education to learn more about this and other courses. 


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Ready? Set? Build!

North Island College's Centre for Applied Research, Technology and Innovation (CARTI) is hosting a number of LEGO Robotics Camps across the North Island this summer. The cost is $165 for the week (Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm) except for Ucluelet where the camp will be $132 and Tuesday to Friday, due to the holiday. Camps are for ages nine to 12. Several seats are available at a reduced rate for low income families.

Up to 200 students throughout the north island will learn science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills through the opportunity to build, program and control Lego robots in a fun, hands-on environment. Participants will gain basic digital literacy skills including LEGO robotics, and be able to continue their learning all year long via the online robot lab.

Camp Info

Port Alberni: July 11-15, 2016
Comox: July 18-22 & July 25-29, 2016
Ucluelet: August 2-5, 2016
Port Hardy: August 8-12, 2016
Campbell River: August 15-19, 2016

Additional dates and locations may be offered: please email us to be put on a waitlist.

Register now!

For more information about the NICBotCamps read NIC's corresponding press release, or if you are interested in a subsidized registration or to be placed on a waitlist, please contact April Whalen at

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Artist Talks: Barbara Meneley and Joanne Bristol

Join NIC artists-in-residence Barbara Meneley and Joanne Bristol for the first of two Artist Talks at NIC's Shadbolt Studios.

Artist Talk: Barbara Meneley & Joanne Bristol
Date: Thursday July 14th (12 - 1pm)
Location: Shadbolt Studio Rm 109 (Comox Valley Campus)  2300 Ryan Rd Courtenay BC
Cost: Admission is FREE and lectures are open to the public.

Barbara Meneley and Joanne Bristol are artists-in-residence with NIC School of Fine Art and Design, Comox Valley Art Gallery, and the McLoughlin Gardens AIR residence (July 2016).  This residency program is a part of the SSHRC: Connections Project: Where is Here? Small Cities, Deep Mapping, Sustainable Futures.

Then don't miss, the college's third artist-in-residence Clive Powsey, July 23, at 10 am.

(Image credit: A Complicated Hole, photo credit Larisa Tardif)


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Art Exhibition - Walking as Mapping: A Creative Laboratory

Walking as Mapping: A Creative Laboratory features student work as well as the work of artist-in-residence Clive Powsey and NIC faculty. The exhibition will be on the NIC campus and open to the public during the week of the Symposium: Where is Here? Small Cities, Deep Mapping and Sustainable Futures.

Location: NIC Shadbolt Studios July 19 - July 27th.

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Where is Here Symposium: July 20-22, Courtenay BC

This 3-day event brings together over 25 cultural mapping specialists from Canada and beyond to reflect on current practice, exchange knowledge and innovate within the field. Presenters include municipal development actors, academics and artists (many fit into several of these categories). The event includes keynote speakers, panel discussions and art interventions.

About the Symposium


For more information and to register, visit


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Talk, Walk and Make with Local Artist Clive Powsey

A Journey to the Horizon Line: A Hike to the Mount Washington Summit

Date: Saturday July 23rd @ 10am
Location: NIC Comox Valley Campus: 2300 Ryan Road, Courtenay BC. Shadbolt Studio Rm 109.

Open to the public (pre-registration is required. To register, contact Sharon Karsten,
Fee: $10 per participant
*Simple brown bag lunch will be provided. If you have food allergies please bring your own lunch.

Please inform Sharon if you will require transportation to Mt Washington.

Experience a journey to the horizon line. Walking to the horizon is a kind of mapping, a locating of our community and selves in a topographical schema. The topography we live in exerts a subtle and subliminal influence over us as inhabitants.

In the Comox Valley the nearby horizon of mountains and ridges in the southwest overshadows our daily living.

Join artist-in-residence, Clive Powsey, on a hike to the summit of Mount Washington. Clive is intrigued by our cultural conceptions of the landscape. What will it mean to journey to the horizon and look back and beyond?  We will hike to the summit to observe the 'complex terrain’ of central Vancouver Island, a region that exists in close proximity to populated areas on the coastal fringe. Participants will be encouraged to write, draw and photograph their experience of the journey to the horizon.

The hike will begin at the main lodge of Mount Washington. The walk to the summit is approximately 2.5 km on an intermediate trail (about a 45 minute to 1 hour walk). Participants are also welcome to take the Mount Washington Scenic Chairlift, lift prices are $19 (plus taxes). Lift costs are not included. 


10 am          Opening Reception for Art Exhibition. 
                    Walking as Mapping: A Creative Laboratory
                    Participants: ECU and NIC Students, NIC Faculty and Artist-in-Residence, Clive Powsey
10:30 am     Clive Powsey Artist Talk
11:30–3:30  Field Trip at Mt Washington.

Clive Powsey is an artist-in-residence with NIC School of Fine Art and Design and the Comox Valley Art Gallery (June, July 2016). This residency program is a part of the SSHRC: Connections Project: Where is Here? Small Cities, Deep Mapping, Sustainable Futures.



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Study Creative Writing Online at NIC This Fall

Learn the method and craft of writing poetry, drama and screenplays through discussions, exercises, and peer critiquing. By the end of the course, you will have a portfolio of work that includes poetry and a play or screenplay.

• Study online from anywhere
• Transferrable to universities across BC

ENG 108 - Creative Writing: Poetry & Drama

Instructor: Derek Hanesbury
Course dates: September 6, 2016 – December 9, 2016
Register online now!

ENG 108 is a first year writing seminar focusing on method and craft in poetry drama and screenplays. This seminar focuses on the practice of writing with an emphasis on learning the craft of writing through discussions, exercises, and peer critiquing. Students create a portfolio of work including both poetry and a play or screenplay.

For a full list of English courses visit or contact Student Services at 1-800-715-0914.

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Flavour 2016: The North Island's Gourmet Picnic

Join us at Coastal Black Estate Winery for
our fourth Gourmet Picnic, showcasing the talents of our region’s finest chefs, producers and purveyors and supporting local students and education at North Island College.

Date: Sunday, September 18th, 2016
Location: Coastal Black Estate Winery
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Thanks to overwhelming support, Flavour has helped the NIC Foundation raise over $65,000, which is invested back into the community through scholarships and bursaries for North Island College students.

Exhibitor registration is on now!
Food and beverage exhibitors today can register by emailing

When are ticket sales? July 6, 2016 at 10 am - online only at

Visit the Flavour Gourmet Picnic website or the Foundation Facebook page & Twitter for event details, videos and ticket sales (set for June). #Flavour2016

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Comox Valley ElderCollege: Important Dates

Learn for fun, with no tests and no exams. North Island College's ElderCollege courses are for everyone, 55+. Nurture your lifelong love of learning with laughter, friendship and new knowledge. 

Fall 2016

Event: Free Information Forum
Date: September 24, 2016
Time: 10 am
Location: Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus

Event: Registration Begins
Date: September 26, 2016
Time: 9 am
Location: Online or in person at the Comox Valley campus

Event: First Lecture
Date: October 1, 2016
Time: 10 am
Location: Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus

Event: First Courses
Date: October 3, 2016

Winter 2017

Event: Free Information Forum
Date: January 21, 2017
Time: 10 am
Location: Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus

Event: Registration Begins
Date: January 23, 2017
Time: 9 am
Location: Online or in person at the Comox Valley campus

Event: First Lecture
Date: January 28, 2017
Time: 10 am
Location: Stan Hagen Theatre, Comox Valley campus

Event: First Courses
Date: January 30, 2017

For more information, email or call 250-334-5000 ext. 4602