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Human Services

Prepare to Make a Difference

With NIC's Human Services programs, gain the communication skills, employer connections, and confidence you need to work in your field. Start with a Education Assistant certificate, continue with the Human Services or Social Service diploma, or go further and work toward your social work degree.

Learn how you can make a positive change in the lives of others with NIC's Human Services programs.

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I was hired by the school district the day the class ended, and this is where I plan to stay. With everything I learned at NIC, I know I make a positive difference in the lives of each student I encounter.
Steve Fagan, Education Assistant, School District 71
<a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153392962482945.1073741847.327464742944&type=1&l=65d177830a">Village Workshop Builds Cultural Awareness</a>

Village Workshop Builds Cultural Awareness

NIC’s human services students take their learning off campus each fall to immerse themselves in First Nation’s history at a one-day workshop at the K'ómoks Big House. Students take part in role-playing and storytelling to understand the experience of First Nations communities affected by colonization and residential school systems. The experience builds empathy crucial to their future careers. Read the full story.
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Transfer to a Degree

Social Service diploma graduate Rudi-Lee Canil worked with a diverse group of high school students in her practice experience courses before moving on to a Bachelor of Social Work at Carleton University in Ottawa. She now works as a social worker at the Comox Valley Military Family Resource Centre. Learn more about NIC's Social Service diploma.

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Scholarship Recipient Gives Back

Tera Cooper is turning the support she received from her community into a lifetime of helping people in need on Vancouver Island. In addition to volunteering with the Comox Valley Community Justice Centre, she and a group of Social Service diploma students in NIC's Community Development courses organized an awards program honouring Comox Valley youth. Read the full story.

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NIC Education Assistant Program in Port Hardy

In January 2016, NIC's Education Assistant/ Community Support Indigenous Focus certificate was offered in Port Hardy. The program weaves Aboriginal ways of knowing and being throughout the curriculum, preparing students to support First Nations culture and curriculum in a region with five First Nations operated schools and a school district where 41 per cent of students are of Aboriginal ancestry. Learn more.