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Write Here Reader Series: Spring 2017

Join NIC's English department on the fourth Thursday of each month for a series of open mic events featuring readings from talented local writers. Come early to sign up for an open mic reading. You will be given five minutes to share your work.

Dates: January 26, February 23, March 23, April 27
Time: Thursdays, 7 pm
Location: Tyee Hall Lounge, Comox Valley Campus
Cost: Admission is free, and open to everyone

For more information on this event or the Write Here Readers Series, contact Judy Johnson at or call: 250-334-5000 ext 4072


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Metal Jewellery Design: Tuition Credit Contest

Register before June 12, 2017 for your chance to win $250 NIC tuition credits!*

With Metal Jewellery Design at NIC, you'll be able to explore professional metal techniques, gemmology and more as you prepare to work in the jewellery industry. Learn to conceptualize and create jewellery for artistic expression or as a source of income, and gain business skills to present and promote your designs.

* Participans must register in the Metal Jewellery program by June 12, 2017 at 4pm to be eligible to win. No purchase necessary. The odds of winning are one in 20. Winners will be required to answer a skill testing question.

Contact Julia Peters for more information and with any questions at 250-923-9724.


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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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Free Training In Port Hardy: Coastal Forest Resource Program

Gain certifications that are required to work in the forest industry. Program includes essential workplace skills and job readiness workshops as well as the following certifications:

  • Occupational First Aid Level 1
  • Transportation Endorsement
  • WHMIS 2015
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods
  • Restricted Operator Certificate
  • Power Saw Certification
  • Fire Suppression
  • Wildfire Entrapment Avoidance
  • Pumps and Water Delivery Systems

Date: March 13, 2017 - June 6, 2017

Location: NIC Mount Waddington Campus

* Funding criteria must be met in order to participate. 

Only 12 seats available. Register now. 

For more information or to register, contact Wendy Samaroden at 250-923-9728 or by email at



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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 that 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

  • Breakfast: 8:30am - 10am, open from April 3 - April 27, 2017
  • Lunch: 11:45am - 1:15pm, open until August 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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Upcoming Continuing Education Info Sessions

Take a look at the upcoming Continuing Education Info Sessions at NIC. These are free to attend, please pre-register online in the links below, or in-person using the course code as a reference.

Phone 250-334-5000 ext 4601 for more information.

Info Sessions

Landscape Horticulture Apprenticeship Training Info Session (GENI 5130)

Date: April 4, 2017
Time 6-7pm
Location: Comox Valley campus

Gain highly sought after landscape maintenance and design skills while you work toward your Interprovincial (Red Seal) certification. NIC works closely with industry professionals and local employers to ensure you receive the best, most current training possible to obtain work at landscape companies, municipal parks, golf courses, garden centres, nurseries and horticulture businesses.Study part time during the evening and weekends, allowing you to further your education while maintaining employment.

Industry Training Authority (ITA) approved. This 12-week part-time certificate starts September 2017.


Hospital Unit Clerk Info Session (GENI 5110)

Date: April 4, 2017
Time 6-7pm
Location: Campbell River campus

Develop the practical skills and knowledge needed as a unit clerk, from medical terminology and transcription to hospital organization and administrative support. Acquire first-hand experience through workplace practicums.

Play a vital role in information management, administrative support and services in hospitals, medical offices and care facilities.

Eight month certificate, tuition $4,520 approx (includes texts). Program starts September 2017.


Activity Assistant Program (GENI 5120)

Date: April 26, 2017
Time 6-7pm
Location: Comox Valley campus

Are you a Health Care or Community Support Grad (HCA, HSRCA, LPN, RN, or Education Assistant/ Community Support)? If so, you qualify for admission to this specialized part-time program available this fall in the Comox Valley: Learn to plan/lead recreational activities; and rekindle meaning, purpose, and emotional enjoyment in the lives of seniors with cognitive and physical impairments. Increase your employment options in care facilities, assisted living settings, clients' homes, seniors' centres, and residential group homes. Study part-time while you work. Finish in less than four months.

"NIC's program instructor Deb Provencher is well-known in the field of therapeutic recreation. She brings exceptional training, energy, and insight; and her graduates are ready to hit the ground running from day one on the job." - Liz Friis, Director of Resident Lifestyle & Community Programs, Glacier View Lodge.

Activity Assistant Certificate runs Sept 6 - Dec 16, 2017. Tuition $2,450 approx (plus texts). Deadline June 13, 2017; space is limited.


Animal Care Aide Info Session (GENI 8020)

Date: May 3, 2017
Time 6:30-8pm
Location: Comox Valley campus

This strongly recommended information session will give prospective students the opportunity to meet the instructor and learn more about the program. Note: The session is free, but students must pre-register.


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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 2017/2018 will begin on April 19. Please book your educational 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 NIC's Office Assistant Certificate, then continue your education by specializing in administration, computing accounting 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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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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Webinars for NIC Students

Connect remotely to learn important tips about being a successful NIC student from our Educational Advisors.

Academic Scheduling

Need help planning your NIC academic schedule? Learn about how to search course offerings, build your timetable, and register for the upcoming school year:

  • April 26 - 3pm
  • May 10 - 5pm

Student Loans

Applying for a student loan? Learn about the rules, how to apply and your responsibilities:

  • June 14 - 5pm
  • July 5 - 3pm

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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NIC Students Can Win Tickets to Campagnolo Lecture, April 27 


NIC students have an opportunity to win tickets to the 2017 Campagnolo Lecture, called A Duet on Justice: Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul in Dialogue and Conversation.

  • Date: April 27, 2017
  • Time: 7pm
  • Location: Sid Williams Theatre, Courtenay

This is a rare opportunity for students to participate in an important conversation with two of Canada’s thought leaders. Tickets are expected to sell out.

Rt. Hon Adrienne Clarkson, Canada’s 26th Governor General, and Dr. John Ralston Saul, award-winning essayist, novelist and former president of PEN International, will focus on Reconciliation with Canada’s First Nations and immigrant inclusion in civic activity. This engaging dialogue is based on Clarkson’s 2014 CBC Massey Lectures and Saul’s recent works, A Fair Country: Telling the Truths About Canada and The Comeback.  The conversation will involve those attending the event.

How to Enter

To be entered in the draw students can email with your name and your campus location. Winners will be randomly drawn and announced the week of April 3-7.

More Info

Visit the Comox Valley Community Justice Centre for more information on the event.

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When: Friday, April 28 from 9:00 AM to May 19 4:00 PM

The exhibition FUSE showcases the artwork produced by emerging artists in their second year of study in the Fine Arts Program at North Island College. Artworks featured in FUSE represent the culmination of many hours of study, practice and exchanges. The work explores various modes of representation, personal histories, theories and language. The artists are connected through the synthesis of their shared experience in the Fine Arts program. We invite you to gather with us to celebrate this shared creative process. 

Opening reception and Artist talk: Friday April 28th - 5 - 7pm

Public Viewings:

April 28th 1 - 7pm,

May 1st to May 19th 9am - 4pm.


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Gain in-demand skills employers are looking for.

Starting this spring, university students can combine their theoretical knowledge with relevant business skills by enrolling in condensed six week courses transferable to universities across BC.

Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management (BUS-152) 

This course provides students with a broad range of basic business skills. Topics include business plan development, legal issues of business start-up and management, financing, marketing, and basic record keeping for a small business venture.

  • Date: May 2 to June 15, 2017
  • Time: Tue & Thu, 1-4 pm
  • Location: Comox Valley campus
  • Register online

Effective Organizational Writing (ENG-160) 

English 160 is an applied writing course which recognizes the increasing importance of effective writing, speaking, reading and listening in the workplace. This course focuses on the study and application of the theories and principles of effective business communication.

  • Date: May 1 to June 14, 2017
  • Time: Mon & Wed, 1-4 pm or Tue & Thu, 9 am - 12 pm
  • Location: Comox Valley campus
  • Register online

Introduction to Social Media (IMG-220)

The adoption of social media by both individuals and organizations has triggered a shift in marketing practices globally. This introductory course will present current channels, tools and technologies that are used in social media. It will look at marketing, monetization, strategies, monitoring, metrics and governance. This course aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to effectively explore the opportunities and challenges associated with the use of social media channels and platforms - including those associated with enriched business communication, marketing strategies, and enhanced brand experience.

  • Date: May 1 to June 14, 2017
  • Time: Mon & Wed, 1-5 pm
  • Location: Comox Valley campus
  • Register online

Questions? Visit NIC's University Transfer to learn more or call 1-800-715-0914 for further information.

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When: Thursday, May 04 at 2:00 PM to May 04
Where: Room C228 NIC Campbell River

Campbell River ElderCollege invite you to attend the upcoming Annual General Meeting.

We will review our activities of the past year and look ahead to what is coming up in the next session. Election of officers will take place.

The meeting will be held at

2:00pm Thursday May 4

Room C228 NIC Campbell River

Volunteers Please! Our volunteers make it possible for us to offer a wide variety of interesting courses and workshops to please almost everyone. New volunteers are needed so that we may continue the work we have done for the past eleven years. Volunteering offers the opportunity of making an impact in the community, being engaged with people with similar interests, and using your unique skills to help others. Please join us at the meeting to consider how you could help.

Suggest a Course: We hope you have enjoyed the ElderCollege courses you've participated in these past few months. If you have ideas or suggestions for new courses or if you can help in any capacity we really want to meet you.

For more information email: 

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Continuing & New NIC Students: Register Online!

Don't want to wait in line? Work odd hours? Can't get to Student Services? Save time by conveniently registering online any time using your myNIC account.

Continuing Student Registration:

Registration for continuing students at North Island College opens May 8, 2017.

New Student Registration:

Are you a new student to NIC? Registration opens May 23, 2017.

How to Register

To register online: Log on to your myNIC account and go to: Self-Service > Registration. Here you can Search for Sections (courses), Register, Manage Your Waitlist, and other options.

To pay online: Log on to your myNIC account and go to: Self-Service > Financial Information > View Account and Make Payments. Here you can pay your deposit and tuition, update your electronic banking information, and other options.

Student Webinars

Get a jump on Fall 2017 with our upcoming webinars. Sign up today and learn important tips about being a successful NIC student.

Questions? Contact Student Services at 1-800-715-0914 or make an appointment with an Education Advisor by calling 250-335-5000.


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When: Saturday, June 03 from 9:00 AM to Jun 04 5:00 PM
Where: Comox Valley Campus
Cost: $465
Course Code: MVF-011


Traffic Control People are responsible for construction traffic safety and make the greatest number of public contacts of all construction maintenance personnel.
Learn about the Industrial Health and Safety Regulations. 
A photo ID certification, valid for three years, is issued by the BC Safety Network after successful completion of the course.
Traffic Control Person course details:
Course Code: MVF-011
Cost: $465.00
Dates: June 3 & 4, 9 am - 5 pm
Location: Comox Valley Campus
Please note:
Bring a current passport-sized photo to the first class, to be used on your certificate
Bring picture ID
You must have steel-toed work boots for the practical part of the course
Register in person or online:
For more information, call 250-334-5005