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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

Programs for Positive Change

With NIC's human services programs, you'll specialize your studies to work in schools or in the community. 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.

Participate in fascinating field trips, workshops, and work placements designed to give you the communication skills, employer connections, and confidence you need to work in your field.

<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

The experiential Village Workshop, which NIC Human Services, Social Service and Educational Assistant students participated in recently, is designed to raise intercultural awareness. View more photos.

Education Assistant

Prepare for a career as an education assistant and complete your practicum in Vancouver Island school districts. You'll experience hands-on classroom knowledge, make employer connections, and be ready for a rewarding career.

Global Learning Initiative

Travel to Uganda, Nepal, and rural BC Aboriginal communities with NIC’s Global Learning Initiative.

The project works with World Community and Africa Community Technical Service (ACTS) to provide nursing and human service students opportunities to better understand global initiatives locally and abroad. For more information, contact Betty Tate at 250-334-5066.

Additional Section of SSW-120 in January 2017

To support students pursuing a social work career, NIC has opened up an extra section of SSW-120 (Foundations of Social Service PracticeThis course is a pre-requisite for university transfer students applying to social work programs at BC universities.

Examine the theories and skills specific to the helping roles assumed by social service workers in non-metropolitan and rural communities. Topics include: assessment and case management, the community, natural helping systems and self-help groups, empowerment and change, and problem solving approaches for working effectively with people within a human service framework.