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Community Care

Programs for Positive Change

When it comes to providing assistance and compassion to those who need it most, NIC graduates are there, ready to support their communities and inspire positive change.

From animal care to human services, NIC graduates learn how to effectively communicate and help those in need. Students participate in supportive discussion groups, lectures, field trips, and workplace practicums, such as those discussed in our Early Childhood Care and Education program video, shown below.

With NIC's Community Care programs, you’ll learn how to contribute to building stronger, healthier communities, and gain the confidence, knowledge, and skills you’ll need to start working.

There's such a huge need for ECCE practitioners, most of my classmates stepped straight into jobs after graduating. I decided to further my education in Child and Youth Care, and the program gave me a great knowledge base to take with me to UVic.
Keelyn McPherson, NIC Grad, Early Childhood Care & Education

Early Childhood Care
and Education

Don’t have room in your busy schedule to register full time? Why not take one or two courses this winter and work toward your BC Licence to Practice.

Students in our Advanced Guiding and Caring (ECC 116) and Effective Interpersonal Communications
(ECC 157) courses join a vibrant community of early childhood educators from Ucluelet, Port Alberni, Port Hardy, and the Comox Valley via interactive and online courses.

Both courses start in January, 2015 and take place on Thursday evenings, so you can study and keep your home or work commitments. For more information, or to apply, contact 1-800-715-0914.

Children Teaching 
Teachers (CTT)

With Children Teaching Teachers, Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) students participate in an innovative learning experience. Students design and set up a children’s classroom space at the Beaufort Children’s Centre and lead a stimulating preschool program. After observing the class, students and staff provide feedback, and develop stronger plans for the next day’s class. With immediate assessment, CTT gives students a valuable opportunity to learn about their career and themselves.

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World-Renowned Guest Speakers

NIC hosts engaging guest speakers throughout the year, including many who play an active role in social justice and change. Plus, as part of their courses, students meet and learn from individuals who participate in key organizations, such as the Ministry of Housing and Social Development, the John Howard Society, AIDS Vancouver Island, or Waichay Friendship Centre. You’ll discover the services they offer, the qualities needed for the job, and the work opportunities they provide. To learn more about participants in past NIC's Speaker Series, please watch the NIC Speaker Series video.

Education Assistant

As a human services worker student in the Education Assistant program, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a practicum with local school districts. With the hands-on experience and knowledge you gain from working in the classroom, you’ll be prepared for a rewarding, and in-demand, career.

Global Learning Initiative

NIC’s Global Learning Initiative is a student-driven project that creates partnerships with local communities and individuals to foster awareness of global issues. Students and faculty have travelled to Uganda, Nepal, Mozambique, Rivers Inlet, and Kingcome Inlet and will be returning to Nepal and Rivers Inlet in 2014. Every year, nursing and human services students learn remote Aboriginal and global communities through personal experience. For more information, contact RaeAnn Hartman at