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Study UVic's Master of Arts in Health Leadership Studies at North Island College

UVic and NIC have collaborated to offer a new pilot program for students in the Comox Valley with a focus on rural and Indigenous health. The program is designed to bring experienced health educators, community leaders and health care professionals together for a transformative cohort experience.

Grounded in Aboriginal ways of knowing, students will develop their leadership practice in local community health systems. By developing understandings of health leadership within settings specific to the Comox Valley, students will meet the unique needs and interest of their North Island communities.

The program is built around collaborative inquiry and is structured to allow students to work full time. Courses are held at NIC and may be offered as intensive summer study, a series of weekend events and/or in a mixed format.

Learn more: To apply or learn more, email

Deadline for registration: June 30, 2017
















































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When: Friday, April 21 from 8:30 AM to Aug 18 4:30 PM
Where: Comox Valley Library & Learning Commons

Construction for Phase 2 of the Comox Valley Library & Learning Commons is beginning on April 21st and is expected to continue until mid-August. 
The Library & Learning Commons will remain open during construction.
Please note the following service changes during the construction period: 
  • The Library Computer Lab will be inaccessible. Computers will be located along the wall at the front of the book stacks. 
  • Small Group Rooms will be inaccessible. Hawthorn and Arbutus will be open to groups of all sizes and can still be booked online. Tutoring is available in D222. 
  • Silent Study Room will be inaccessible. The Library has both noise-cancelling headphones and disposable ear plugs available at the Lending Services desk. 
  • Group Study Area will be inaccessible. Please consider booking one of the group study rooms or ask at the Lending Services desk for locations of available classrooms. 
We thank you for your patience and look forward to welcoming you to the updated and improved Library & Learning Commons in Fall 2017. 
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Aboriginal Student Lounge Drop-In Hours, Comox Valley

Join us for coffee, tea and snacks, connect with our Elders in Residence and Aboriginal Education Advisor. Open to all Aboriginal students as well as students interested in Aboriginal culture. 

This is a safe and respectful environment where everyone is welcome. 

When: Thursdays, starting March 2, 2017
Time: 11:30am - 1pm
Location: Room 203 Discovery Hall, Comox Valley campus

For more information, contact Andrea Kerr at or phone 250-334-5029.

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Webinar: Need Money?

Connect remotely to learn important tips about being a successful NIC student from our educational advisors.

  • Did you know that the only way to access many government grants is through a student loan application?  Learn what grants you may qualify for.
  • How accurate do I need to be on my application?  What happens if I don’t know how much I’m earning at my summer job?  Learn the rules & responsibilities that go with a student loan.
  • What does repayment of a student loan look like?  What are my repayment options?  Review what happens when you finish school.
  • Is my application complete? How can I know my loan options quickly?  Learn how to efficiently and accurately complete loan application without errors

Applying for a Student Loan?

 Learn about the rules, how to apply and your responsibilities at an upcoming webinar:

  • June 14, 5 pm
  • July 5, 3 pm

For registration or information contact:

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Early Childhood Care & Education Opportunities

Work towards your BC Certification! Join classes from Ucluelet, Port Alberni, Port Hardy, Campbell River and the Comox Valley campuses via interactive TV and online to participate in a vibrant community of learners with a broad range of experiences.

Courses are scheduled in the evening allowing you to continue with other commitments while studying.

  • ECC-114 Partnerships Part 1 – Child Guidance. Wednesdays, 6-8 pm (campus-wide via interactive TV) April 26 – June 28
  • ECC-168 Health, Safety and Nutrition. Fall 2017. Tuesdays, 6-9 pm (in-person at Ucluelet Centre)

Learn more about Community Care opportunities at North Island College.



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Spring/Summer Writing Support is Available

Spring/Summer Hours: May 23 - Aug 9
Location: Online

Get writing help online with WriteAway. Writing support services include:

  • developing a thesis statement
  • organizing your essay
  • clarifying ideas
  • building arguments and providing supporting evidence
  • improving sentence structure

WriteAway is a free online service to help support students with their writing and is available to any student registered at NIC.



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Your McDonald's Training can lead to a
Business Degree at NIC

Your McDonalds Restaurant Management training transfers seamlessly to North Island College’s Bachelor of Business Administration, General Management Major.

  • Recognized credentials. Your NIC degree is recognized by employers and other post-secondary institutions throughout the province. Combined with your McDonald’s Management Training, you will be well-positioned for career growth.
  • International exchange opportunities. NIC students have taken part in student exchange programs in Germany, the US, Mexico, Poland and France.
  • Life-changing experiences. Combine your world-class McDonald’s training with paid international training experience at Disney Corporation. NIC is one of six Canadian post-secondary institutions to take part in Disney’s International Academic Exchange program.
  • Invaluable work experience. As a degree student, you’ll have the option of complementing your in-class studies with business-related paid employment through co-operative education. In addition, you’ll take several courses that apply concepts from your studies to real workplace problems.

How it works

North Island College will grant transfer credit for successful completion of McDonalds Management Development Program Levels 1 – 4 (MDP1, MDP2, MDP3 and MDP4) to all applicants who meet NIC’s admission requirements (Eng 12 C+, Math (Foundations 11 C+, Principles 11 C, Applications 12 C, or Pre-Calculus 11 C).

How to apply

Step 1: Apply online at or talk to an NIC educational advisor if you have questions.

Step 2. Submit the following supporting documents to NIC:

  • McDonald’s Canada Training Verification form (signed by your McDonald’s Regional Training Manager to verify that training has been completed within three years of application).
  • Additional post-secondary transcripts to verify that you meet NIC’s admission requirements.

Step 3. Once you’ve met all the admission requirements, you will be offered a seat in NIC’s Bachelor of Business Administration program. Next you’ll pay a tuition deposit and will be invited to register for classes.

Come talk to us.

NIC’s Educational Advisors are here to answer all your questions about programs, provide information about funding options, and help you create an educational plan based on your specific needs and interests.   |   1-800-715-0914

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NIC Professional Cook I Info Sessions
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Join Chef Al Irving and Chef Xavier Bauby for a tour of NIC's well-equipped kitchens. Learn how you can earn apprenticeship training credit toward your Interprovincial (Red Seal) certification and start with us in September to advance your career as a professional cook.

Port Alberni Info Session with Chef Al Irving

Time: 10 - 11 am
Date:: June 22, 2017
Location: Roger Street Bistro, NIC's Port Alberni campus















Campbell River Info Session with Chef Xavier Bauby

Time: 1 - 2 pm
Date:: June 22, 2017
Location: Room C-247, NIC's Campbell River campus

Launch your culinary career at NIC.

Apply by July 7 to start in September and gain in-demand skills and credentials.

Come talk to us. Call 1-800-715-0914 for more information.

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NIC's Roger Street Bistro in Port Alberni is Open to the Public

Enjoy a selection of freshly made comfort foods from NIC's Professional Cook Level 1 students at the Roger Street Bistro located on the Port Alberni campus.

We also would like to encourage you to visit the NIC Roger Street Bistro Facebook page and leave us a review or post a photo of your meal with #NICRogerStreetBistro so we can spread the word!

Come down for breakfast or lunch and enjoy a serene, modern and friendly setting. Bring friends and taste the culinary offerings of our hardworking cook students!

Bistro Hours: Monday to Thursday

  • Open for Lunch: 11:45 am - 1:15 pm, until July 27, 2017 

*please note the bistro is closed on all statutory holidays.

Bistro Location & Contact

Culinary Arts Building on the NIC Port Alberni campus, 3699 Roger St. No reservations necessary, just drop in! Do you want an order to go? Contact the bistro at: 250-724-8740.


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Join us for NIC's Comox Valley Graduation Ceremony 

The Graduation Ceremony is the highlight of the college year and we look forward to honouring your success and achievements.

Date: June 22, 2017
Time: 1 pm
Ceremony Location: Comox Valley Sports Centre
Reception: NIC's Comox Valley campus

Congratulations on your graduation. We are excited to celebrate this achievement with you. Please share your photos and stories with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtags #IamNIC and #NICGrad2017.

All guests are welcome to celebrate your important day with you. Guest seating is not reserved, there is no limit to the number of guests you can bring, and no invitations are required at the door. Remember to join us after the ceremonies for a reception.

Graduates will be ushered into the ceremonies to reserved seats. Please arrive at least one hour before the ceremonies to coordinate gowns and photos at the meeting places below.

Regalia must be returned after the ceremonies. Students will be responsible for any charges incurred due to damage or their late return.

For more information about graduation, contact Darin Belham at 250-334-5038 or

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Write Here Reader Series Reading & Open Mic

Join NIC's English department on the fourth Thursday of each month for a series of open mic events featuring readings talented local writers. Come early and sign up for an open mic reading.

When: Thursday, June 22, 7 pm
Where: Tyee Lounge, NIC's Comox Valley Campus

June 2017 Featured Readers: Natalie Nickerson (Comox Valley Poet Laureate) and Janet Bartier.


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Join us for NIC's Mt Waddington Celebration of Completion 

Date: June 26, 2017
Time: 15 pm
Location: NIC's Mt Waddington campus

Congratulations on your program completion. We are excited to celebrate this achievement with you. Please share your photos and stories with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtags #IamNIC and #NICGrad2017.

All guests are welcome to celebrate your important day with you. Guest seating is not reserved, there is no limit to the number of guests you can bring, and no invitations are required at the door. Remember to join us after the ceremonies for a reception.

For more information about this event, contact Sarah Deagle at 250-923-9709 or


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Learn Engraving for First Nations Artists with Ernie Smith

Learn jewellery-making techniques as you make an engraved ring with emphasis on fabrication and finishing techniques to create a polished, professional piece. This two-day workshop is geared toward aspiring and established First Nations artists.

Date: July 15-16, 2017
Time: Sat/Sun 9:30 am to 4 pm
Cost: $199 + tax (includes supplies)

 Register today.

About the Instructor

Ernie Smith was born in 1966 to the late Francis Smith of Ehattesaht (Nuu-chah-nulth) and Virginia Smith of We Wai Kai (Kwakwaka’wakw). Ernie was given a traditional name from both sides of the family. He carries the name Mowisaht as well as Gwa-gwa- da-kan.

His first mentor was Dorie Brochie (his mother’s cousin), who taught him how to carve. Next, he met late Russell Kwakseestahla who taught Ernie how to carve and make knives. Ernie also had the opportunity to observe and become influenced by the work of late Art Nicolaye and Ernie’s relatives Ron Hamilton and Tim Paul.

In 2015 he studied Metal Jewellery Design at North Island College and earned himself a place on the Dean’s List. The program provided him the opportunity to learn from Leanne Helin (Tsimshian).

Today, he has come full circle and is delighted to be teaching in the program he graduated from. Ernie is a full time jewellery artist who designs unique pieces creating rings, bracelets, pendants and earrings often fusing silver and gold with stones in unusual settings. All of his designs are engraved with Original Native Artwork. You can find Ernie at his family’s gallery in Campbell River. Ernie has a studio within the shop where he designs jewelry and accepts custom orders.


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Welcome Newcomers to the Comox Valley

Take part in a community-wide Comox Valley event on Sunday, September 10, 2 - 4pm at the Native Sons Hall, 360 Cliffe Ave, in Courtenay, as we welcome all newcomers to the area.

From our new NIC International students to the families moving here with the help of the local Immigrant Welcome Centre and School District 71, we are inviting the whole valley (and beyond!) to this fun, family-focused meet and greet.

Among the festivities will be traditional Canadian foods, fun games and prizes, photo ops with an RCMP officer and more as we celebrate the diverse spirit of the Comox Valley.

Sponsored by North Island College, SD 71 International Student Program and the Immigrant Welcome Centre of the Comox Valley.