NIC is taking education out of the classroom and into the community to improve literacy and prepare students for further education. In Port Hardy, Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Ahousaht, Gold River, Bella Coola and across the region, community organizers and college educators are providing educational opportunities to students of all abilities. "NIC's goal has always been to provide students with greater access to post-secondary education," said Tony Bellavia, NIC's Assistant Vice President, Access and Regions. "We know students are most successful when we work with community organizations across the region to identify and deliver the resources students need..."
BC Adult Basic
NIC's Upgrading courses are part of the BC Adult Basic Education framework, which ensures a common curriculum and articulation process among all BC school districts and post-secondary institutions.
At NIC you get the same education, with flexibility and instructor support, in an adult learning environment. Join us!
Take What You Need
Depending on the program you're interested in, you may need English or math or both. Speak with an educational advisor for more information.
Special grants are available for students enrolled in upgrading courses.
Depending on financial need, you may be eligible to receive a provincial government grant that will help you pay for books, supplies, tuition and/or transportation. Learn more.
KWAK'WALA INSTRUCTOR ON CBC
NIC instructor Sara Child teaches CBC host Gregor Craigie Kwak'wala. This course is open to anyone who wants to better understand the language and culture.
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Your Past High School
Grades Don't Matter
What matters is where you’re headed. At NIC, you are part of an adult learning community, with fellow classmates who are working toward a specific goal.
We’ll help you get started at a level that feels right and help you achieve your goals with the support you need.
Take Control of Your Future
Ready to improve your job options? Finish your Grade 12? Upgrade a few courses for entry into business, health, trades or university degree programs?
NIC can help you reach your career goals quickly with a variety of courses – from English, sciences, and math to history, computers, and more.
Steps to Upgrading
Find out How to Start Upgrading, one step at a time. Browse available course subjects under Adult Basic Education, and call or visit an educational advisor to discuss your goals.
Flexibility & Support
At NIC, we'll help you keep up. While some of our courses have a set schedule with established deadlines, others are flexible and you learn at your own pace.
Either way, you won’t be alone. Our instructors provide encouragement every step of the way. To find out when classes begin in your community, contact an educational advisor or email firstname.lastname@example.org.