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The North Island College Story



• NIC marks its 40th anniversary.


• NIC’s fifth President, Mr. John Bowman, joins the College.


• NIC offers university partnerships with UVic, Emily Carr, Royal Roads and VIU, giving NIC students more educational options, close to home.


• Construction of a new Teaching Kitchen at NIC's Port Alberni campus announced, to be completed in July 2012.

• NIC's Remote Web-Based Science Laboratory is awarded a $750,000 grant from Next Generation Learning Challenges, to further develop and replicate the delivery of science education in remote locations around the world.

• NIC opens Trades Training building on the Comox Valley campus.


• NIC’s fourth President, Dr. Jan Lindsay, joins the College.


• NIC announces the new Interactive Media program, Providing greater digital and web development skills for graduates and giving them a distinct advantage as they enter the graphic design industry.


• NIC offers a new Bachelor of Business Administration degree at the Comox Valley Campus.


• NIC partners with Emily Carr University of Art & Design to offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Comox Valley Campus.

• NIC turns 30 years old.


• NIC opens Tyee Hall, its newest building at the Comox Valley Campus.


• NIC’s Campbell River Campus, a joint college/high school facility, opens.

• NIC’s third President, Dr. Lou Dryden, joins the College.


• NIC’s Port Alberni Campus opens on Roger Street.

• Richard Krentz's 'Pole of Choice' is raised outside Discovery Hall at the Comox Valley campus.

1993 to 1996

• NIC, in partnership with the Knowledge Network, delivers courses via satellite and cable TV.


• NIC’s Comox Valley Campus opens, amalgamating seven sites scattered throughout that region.


• NIC’s new President, Dr. Neil Murphy, joins the College and starts the process to build on-site campuses to serve the regions.

1982 to 1988

• NIC sees continued increase in enrolment, programs, courses and learning centres.


• The ‘Samarinda’ experiment begins, using a 160 ft ex-whale catcher ship as a marine mobile unit to serve the coastal communities that are unreachable by road. The endeavour ends the same year.


• The College’s reputation as an innovative leader in open learning is apparent.


• A second NIC mobile unit is added to serve the north end of the Island.


• School District #49 joins the College and the Bella Coola Centre opens.


• NIC Administration moves to Comox and occupies the ‘Fort’ on Manor Drive.

• The first NIC mobile learning unit begins serving west coast communities.


• Port Alberni School District (#70) joins the College and the 8th Street facility (a former catholic school building) became the home of NIC.

• NIC learning centres open in Gold River and Port Hardy.


• NIC is established and Dr. Dennis Wing is appointed as the College’s first Principal. Courses are offered in Campbell River and Courtenay. Four school districts are served: #71, #72, #84 and #85.