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Invaluable Education for your Future

With over 1,000 courses and 80 credit programs in health care, trades, business, fine arts, tourism and university studies, NIC offers the education and skills training needed to reach your goal, with the flexibility and support to make it achievable.

Most importantly, at NIC, you'll learn to learn – and in the highly competitive post-secondary and work world, this is a vital component of success. Our classes are small and our faculty, approachable. Compared to larger institutions, you'll have greater interaction with your instructors, and hands-on access to our industry-standard facilities and learning resources.

In working with the NIC staff, faculty, administrators, Board of Governors and our many community partners, I will be striving to support and encourage the college’s continued success and sustainability in both the short and long terms.

John Bowman, President,
North Island College
 Dr. John Bowman, President, North Island College

North Island College is…

a community college committed to high quality and excellence in our programs and services. We offer more than 1000 courses and 80 credit programs supported by a dedicated faculty, staff and administration – all working together to help you achieve your goals.

Our expert faculty will lead you through a relevant course of study using up-to-date materials. Small classes allow more time for you with your instructors – you won’t be just an anonymous face in the crowd at NIC.

Our Vision for the Future

North Island College holds a vision of being a premier community and destination college, in a spectacular west-coast environment, that inspires and prepares students for success in a rapidly changing world. North Island College will fulfill its vision by being:

  • a vibrant community of learners – embracing their goals and shaping their worlds;
  • a gateway to education, work and life;
  • a central force in improving the cultural and socio-economic well-being of the communities we serve; and,
  • a respectful steward of our unique natural setting.

Together we will create a workplace that inspires personal growth and delivers results to our students, partners and citizens.

Our Mission

North Island College is committed to meeting the education and training needs of adults within its service region by: providing high quality, affordable higher education and skills training, collaborating with our partners to create pathways to learning, and empowering individuals to achieve their full potential.

NIC Fast Facts 2015 | 2016

  • North Island College opened its doors in 1975.
  • College facilities include four campuses and one centre serving a population of 155,000 and a geographic region of 80,000 square kilometres that includes northern Vancouver Island and the BC mainland coast from Desolation Sound to Klemtu.
  • In 2015|16, a total of 8,476 students (headcount) were enrolled at North Island College, with an average age of 34 years old. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of students were female, and forty-two percent (42%) were male.
  • A total of 4,297 students were enrolled in credit courses at the following locations in 2015|16: Campbell River Campus – 835; Comox Valley Campus – 2,287; Port Alberni Campus – 515; Mt. Waddington – 139; In-Community – 90; Distributed Learning – 1,160
  • A total of 4,179 students were enrolled in short duration courses (includes part-time vocational, first aid, contract and community education) at the following NIC locations in 2015|16: Campbell River Campus – 1,249; Comox Valley Campus – 1,884; Port Alberni Campus – 497; Mt. Waddington – 377; In-Community – 231; Distributed Learning – 346
  • North Island College hosted 326 international students in 2015|2016 from 32 countries, including India, China, Japan, Nigeria, and South Korea.
  • Students of Aboriginal ancestry enrolled in 2015|2016 totaled 1,045 (self-disclosed).
  • Student tuition for 2015|2016 is $2,793 per year, less than the B.C. Public Institution College average.
  • In 2015/16, NIC offered over 80 programs and 1000 individual courses.
  • Co-op Education option is available in Business Administration and Tourism & Hospitality Management
  • Degrees offered include:
    • Associate Degrees: Arts & Science
    • Four Bachelor Degrees: Nursing, in collaboration with Vancouver Island University; and Business Administration in Accounting, Marketing & General Management
  • Operating grant from the Ministry of Advanced Education (AVED) for 2015|2016 is $20.8 million to fund approximately 2,208 student FTEs
  • Operating grant from the Industry Training Authority (ITA) for 2015/2016 is $2.60 million to fund approximately 726 student seats
  • NIC Foundation provides over $260,000 in scholarships and bursaries annually.
  • North Island College employs over 440 people.
strategic plan

NIC Plan 2020

NIC's strategic plan prioritizes student experiences and success in the next five years.

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