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NIC Credit for your McDonald’s Training

Your McDonalds Restaurant Management training transfers seamlessly to North Island College’s Bachelor of Business Administration, General Management Major.

With NIC’s Business Degree you will access:

  • Recognized credentials. Your NIC degree is recognized by employers and other post-secondary institutions throughout the province. Combined with your McDonald’s Management Training, you will be well-positioned for career growth.
  • International exchange opportunities. NIC students have taken part in student exchange programs in Germany, the US, Mexico, Poland and France.
  • Life-changing experiences. Combine your world-class McDonald’s training with paid international training experience at Disney Corporation. NIC is one of six Canadian post-secondary institutions to take part in Disney’s International Academic Exchange program.
  • Invaluable work experience. As a degree student, you’ll have the option of complementing your in-class studies with business-related paid employment through co-operative education. In addition, you’ll take several courses that apply concepts from your studies to real workplace problems.

How it works

North Island College will grant transfer credit for successful completion of McDonald's Management Development Program Levels 1 – 4 (MDP1, MDP2, MDP3 and MDP4) to all applicants who meet NIC’s admission requirements (Eng 12 C+, Math (Foundations 11 C+, Principles 11 C, Applications 12 C, or Pre-Calculus 11 C).

How to apply

Step 1: Apply online at or talk to an NIC educational advisor if you have questions.

Step 2. Submit the following supporting documents to NIC:

  • McDonald’s Canada Training Verification form (signed by your McDonald’s Regional Training Manager to verify that training has been completed within three years of application).
  • Additional post-secondary transcripts to verify that you meet NIC’s admission requirements.

Step 3. Once you’ve met all the admission requirements, you will be offered a seat in NIC’s Bachelor of Business Administration program. Next you’ll pay a tuition deposit and will be invited to register for classes.

Come talk to us.

NIC’s Educational Advisors are here to answer all your questions about programs, provide information about funding options, and help you create an educational plan based on your specific needs and interests.   |   1-800-715-0914


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CVAG hosts Veins Exhibit
by Artist-in-Residence, Rita McKeough

NIC has been delighted to welcome artist-in-residence, Rita McKeough to campus in May and June 2017 and we now welcome you to join us Thursday, July 13 at 7 pm for the opening of Rita McKeough’s exhibition  “Veins." The evening will include an artist's talk. You can also visit the Comox Valley Art Gallery to view the exhibit from July 13 to September 30, 2017.

About the exhibit

Rita McKeough has created a complex installation titled, Veins, an extensively composed installation of lands the artist is deeply concerned about. Lands with pipelines running like veins throughout their whole expanse. These lands house both human and non-human life. Veins offers a sensory immersion in a landscape where the paradox between a healthy natural world and human systems of capitalism, production, consumption can be contemplated.



About the Artist-in-Residency program

The Artist-in-Residence is a collaborative program between NIC School of Fine Art and Design, the Comox Valley Art Gallery (CVAG) and the McLoughlin Gardens. It is the second year the program has run. The residency offers a creative space and platform for professional practicing artists to conduct active, hands-on research in the fine art studios at NIC.

 About the Artist

McKeough is a Calgary-based audio, media installation and performance artist. Her work blends her varied experience as a radio disc jockey and drummer with her studies in printmaking and sculpture to create unique installations, some with interactive environments. Her work has been exhibited throughout Canada and she was awarded the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2009.

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 NIC Student Artwork on Display at Lewis Centre

Explore ‘The Act of Painting’ with NIC fine art and design students at the Courtenay Lewis Centre.

The exhibit showcases the work of five emerging artists who have studied painting at NIC’s School of Fine Art and Design.

“These students and their works are remarkable,” says NIC instructor Elizabeth Russell. “The School of Fine Art and Design wants to thank Carol Millar and all the Lewis Centre staff for supporting emerging artists.”

The exhibit displays an eclectic range of thematic concerns, styles and techniques as each artist finds their unique voice through the act of painting. It includes:

  • Theo Papanikolaou, a Fine Arts diploma student from Alberta, whose expressive paintings “splatter brain” and “into the void” explore the genres of photo realism and abstraction.
  • Leslie Wynne, an artist and NIC Bachelor of Nursing degree student, whose representational paintings of “Mr. Bob” and “The Salon” express her ability to capture the humanity she experiences in everyday encounters with people in her life.
  • Mike Hilland, an NIC Fine Arts diploma alumni and a talented musician, whose magical and haunting surreal scenes in paintings fluctuate from real life to dream states.
  • Lesley-Anne Watts, an artist and NIC English Instructor, whose vibrant and lyrical works such as “The Troubles meet Jazz” reference her connections to Ireland and her interest in abstraction and craft practices.
  • Suzanne Slattery, a multi-talented Design and Fine Arts diploma student, whose sultry portrait, “Supery Sailor” is a bold abstract work rich in technique and spirit.

The exhibit is free and available to view daily during Lewis Centre’s operating hours.

NIC School of Fine Art and Design offers courses in digital media, design, printmaking, sculpture, drawing, photography, ceramics and art history. Students interested in learning to paint or advancing their skills and talents in art and design can take individual courses or register in the Fine Arts diploma.

For more information about the program, courses or prerequisites, email


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Register Now for Free Coastal Forest Resource Training in Campbell River*

Gain certifications that are required to work in the forest industry. Program includes essential workplace skills, job readiness workshops and certifications.

Date: Oct 16, 2017 to Jan 31, 2018

*Funding criteria must be met in order to participate.

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Advance your Career with NIC's LPN to BSN Pathway

Are you a Licensed Practical Nurse interested in becoming a Registered Nurse? Our flexible course schedule includes evening and weekend classes to allow you to continue working while you study.
  • Classes begin Saturday, October 14
  • Registration opens Thursday, September 14, 2017 
  • Study on campus and online, primarily evenings and weekends. 
  • When applying online, select the LPN to BSN Pathway

The following prerequisite and preparatory courses are required to apply to NIC's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program - Option C, which is designed to allow Licensed Practical Nurses to access Term 4 of NIC's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

Fall 2017 LPN to BSN Pathway Courses

Health and Healing Introduction (NUR-170)
Admission requirements: Practical Nursing Diploma or Practical Nursing Certificate and 900 hours of practice within the past five (5) years; Current & active registration as an LPN in British Columbia or the Northwest Territories.

Human Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO-160)
Admission requirements: Registration in NUR-170; C+ in Biology 12, BIO-060 or BIO-110 (completed within last 10 years); C+ in Chemistry 11, or CHE-051 (completed within last 10 years)

Winter 2018 LPN to BSN Pathway Courses

Human Anatomy & Physiology II (BIO-161) 

Pathobiology I (BIO-260) 

Apply today. Course registration is based on first applied, first qualified, first registered.

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NIC Foundation Hosts Comox Valley Awards Reception

NIC is  proud to host its annual NIC Foundation Awards reception in Courtenay on September 27th . This special reception brings together our 2017 Scholarship & Bursary student recipients, staff, faculty and donors to celebrate student success.

Date: Wednesday September 27, 2017
Time: 7 pm
Location: Ballroom, Crown Isle Resort, 399 Clubhouse Drive, Courtenay

Questions or RSVP: 250-334-5074 or

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Mentorship Morning: Global Leaders of Tomorrow Info Session

Join NIC's School of Business and the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce Thursday, September 28 to learn about our Global Leaders of Tomorrow Mentorship program which connects top business students with working professionals in the Comox Valley.

Date: Thursday, September 28
Time: 7:45 to 9 am
Location: Tyee Student Lounge, NIC Comox Valley Campus

Student mentees connect with mentors in the business community, build networking skills and gain valuable business contacts. Please read through the program guidelines and then click here to apply to be a mentee.

Mentors share their knowledge and experience with a new generation of business leaders while tapping in to the students’ theoretical knowledge of current business trends. Please read through the program guidelines and click here to apply to be a mentor.


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Anita Anand Reads at NIC Write Here Readers Series Event

Date:Thursday, September 28, 2017
Time: 7 pm
Location: NIC's Comox Valley Campus, Tyee Hall Student Lounge 
Anita Anand is the author of Swing in the House and Other Stories, which won the Concordia-QWF First Book Prize in 2015, and was nominated for the Relit Award and the Prix de la diversité du Conseil des arts de Montréal. Her translation of the novel Nirliit by Juliana Léveillé-Trudel will be out in 2018. She is currently working on a new book of fiction.
To join NIC's Write Here Readers Series community online, check the Write Here Readers Series Facebook page, or find us on Twitter @NIC_EnglishDept.
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Food for Thought:
What We Don’t Know About What We Eat

Join Comox Valley ElderCollege for an exceptional 8-week lecture series which includes topics such as Change in Canadian Agriculture, How to Make Sense of Dietary Advice and Raspberry, Chocolate Brownies.
When: Saturdays, starting September 30 at 10 am (no lectures Oct. 7 or Nov. 11, 2017)
Where: Stan Hagen Theatre
For more information on presenters, visit or visit the ElderCollege homepage at   
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When: Saturday, September 30 from 10:00 AM to Sep 30 12:00 PM
Where: Stan Hagen Theatre, Komoux Hall
Course Code: CVEC 9001

Comox Valley ElderCollege Course Series:
Canadian Agriculture Then and Now 

Join Comox Valley ElderCollege for the first of eight lectures in the 2017 Food For Thought Lecture Series, Canadian Agriculture Then and Now, with Jan Slomp.
Jan Slomp has been the President of the National Farmers’ Union since 2013. Over recent decades, he has watched many changes take place in Canadian farming practices. What are these changes and who has benefited? What has happened to family farms? How are these changes affecting the quality of our food, food sovereignty, farm income, and environmental sustainability?
How do we fix the deteriorating global, legal and structural economic policies introduced in the 1970s which affect today’s farms? And where does climate change fit in? Jan will address these underlying questions and how
they relate to the food we eat.
For more information, or to register for Comox Valley ElderCollege, visit or read the Fall 2017 newsletter.


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Landscape Horticulture Level 1 Info Session

Join us for Tuesday, October 3, 6-7 pm to learn more about NIC's Landscape Horticulture Apprenticeship Training which will take place over 12-weeks, beginning January 29, 2018.

Course Code: GENI-5130 (Info session is free but you must pre-register)
Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Time: 6-7 pm
Location: NIC's Comox Valley campus

Whether you are a recreational gardener, looking for a career change, or starting out in your career, you will gain a solid foundation in horticulture and landscape maintenance. This apprenticeship program is designed for those currently working and those planning to work in landscaping. No experience? No problem! Horticulture Education BC will sponsor you so you can register with Industry Training Authority (ITA) as an Apprentice. Study part time during the evening and weekends, allowing you to further your education while maintaining employment. 
Potential employers include landscape companies, municipal parks, golf courses, 
garden centres, nurseries and horticulture-related businesses.


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Sisters in Spirit Vigil at NIC's Comox Valley Campus

NISU invites you to join them for a Sisters in Spirit  Vigil at NIC's Comox Valley campus.

The vigil is part of a nationally recognized event, running concurrently nationwide to bring attention to the thousands of missing and harmed Indigenous women across the country. NISU stands in solidarity with nations across the country to honour those family members who never came home. 

Date: October 4, 2017
Time: 10 am - 11 am.
Location: NIC's Comox Valley campus


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Launch your TV & Film Crew Career at NIC

Choose from four in demand careers within one of BC's fastest growing industries. 

Length: 3-4 weeks per course, full time.
Cost: $275/ course

Production Assistant Training 
Campbell River: Oct 10 -30 | Port Alberni: Nov 6-27
Gain essential skills and industry knowledge needed to pursue entry-level employment as a production assistant. Preference will be given to applicants with Aboriginal ancestry.
Instructors: Mark Voyce, Location Manager and Donna Hains, Human Resource Specialist

Lighting Film Training
Campbell River: Nov 14-Dec 11 | Port Alberni: Jan 8-Feb 2
Learn to plan, develop and execute lighting schemes to support film and TV shots. This training is well suited to individuals who have completed the electrical foundation program and individuals who are ready to diversify their careers.
Instructor: John Helme, Gaffer/Chief Lighting Technician

Grip Film Training
Campbell River: Nov 14-Dec 11 | Port Alberni: Jan 8-Feb 2
Learn how to configure camera and lighting equipment to get the perfect shot, understand industry protocols and execute professional shots. This program is well suited to individuals who enjoy hard work, have a technical aptitude and desire to work in the creative industries.
Instructor: Jeff Smith, Key Grip

Carpentry and Set Construction Training
Campbell River: Nov 14-Dec 11 | Port Alberni: Jan 8-Feb 2
Learn about the materials and requirements to design, build and take down sets. This training is well suited to individuals who have completed the Carpentry Foundation program and who are ready to diversify their careers.
Instructor: Hal Keown, Journeyman Carpenter and Master Craftsman, Set Construction Coordinator and Foreman

To request a training application package, email
All communications for this training are via email and will be answered within 24 hours.



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Join us for Disney's NIC Information Session

Do you want to find out how you can work at Walt Disney World Resort as part of NIC's Study Abroad program? Come out to our free, community event on Friday, October 13 and find out. 

Meet a Disney representative to find out how you can:

  • gain paid international experience working at Walt Disney World Resort.
  • earn a Certificate in Hospitality and Tourism Management or a Certificate in Management from University of California Riverside.
  • network with individuals from around the world and make life-long connections.
  • learn important business philosophies from Disney leaders while earning NIC credentials.

Date: Friday, October 13
Time: 1-2 pm
Location: Village J, Comox Valley campus


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Comox Valley ElderCollege Lecture Series:
Building Community One Contract at a Time 

Join Comox Valley ElderCollege for the second of eight lectures in the 2017 Food For Thought Lecture Series, Building Community One Contract at a Time, with Sandra Hamilton.
Course code: CVEC-9002
Date: Saturday, October 14
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Sandra Hamilton, project lead of the NIC FEED Comox Valley initiative, spent two years trying to get local food used by the new hospital. Sandra actively explores models to provide next generation farmers with the stable level of demand that is needed to re-vitalize food systems on Vancouver Island. Holding the first Social MBA in Canada, Sandra will investigate the ways in which tax dollars are spent and the impact this has on both Vancouver Island’s economy and the future of our community.
For more information, or to register for Comox Valley ElderCollege, visit or read the Fall 2017 newsletter.


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When: Saturday, October 21 from 10:00 AM to Oct 21 12:00 PM
Where: Stan Hagen Theatre, Komoux Hall
Course Code: CVEC 9003

Comox Valley ElderCollege Lecture Series:
Food Security, Public Policy and the Site C Dam

Join Comox Valley ElderCollege for the third of eight lectures in the 2017 Food For Thought Lecture Series, Food Security, Public Policy and the Site C Dam with Wendy Holm. 
Wendy Holm is an award winning Canadian agrologist, columnist, author and speaker. She holds 10 national journalism awards, as well as two Queen's Medals for Contribution to Community. Why does Site C Dam have her
interest and what does it have to do with food?
The rich alluvial soil and class one climate make this some of the most important agricultural land in Canada. Can the fruit and vegetables imported from water-scarce California be grown here? Is Site C right where it needs to be for continental water sharing plans to bring northern water east of the Rockies to the parched Midwest? Wendy Holm, Agrologist of the year in 2000 and Distinguished Alumna of UBC, will address these questions. 
For more information, or to register for Comox Valley ElderCollege, visit or read the Fall 2017 newsletter.



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Metal Jewellery Design Certificate Info Session

Meet instructors and learn about NIC's eight-month Metal Jewellery Design certificate as well as evening, weekend and summer jewellery workshops available at NIC.
Tour the well-equipped studio, discover more about the field of jewellery making and design, learn about jewellery-making equipment and tools and see what past students have accomplished. There is no cost to attend but pre-registration is required. Learn more about the Metal Jewellery Design program or register online using the course code GENI-1212
Date: November 2, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm - 8 pm
Location: Metal Jewellery Studio (Rm D209), Campbell River campus
For more information contact Julia Peters at or call: 250-923-9724.



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Comox Valley ElderCollege Winter Courses begin. 

Stay tuned for upcoming courses and the Winter 2018 Comox Valley ElderCollege newsletter.


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NIC's 8th Annual Career Fair

Save the date! Join our Student Employment Services for the next annual NIC Career Fair on March 22, 2018.

This free event for students provides employers the opportunity to promote their companies and meet with skilled and enthusiastic potential employees in the Comox Valley region.

Whether you are looking for an employee to fill short-term, seasonal, or permanent positions, you will meet with exceptional students, new graduates, alumni, and community members.

Online registration for this not-to-be-missed event is available in October 2017.

Date: Tuesday, March 22
Time: 11 am - 3 pm
Location: Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave., Courtenay, BC

About Student Employment Services

Student Employment Services (SES) assists students in developing strategies for effective job searching, while helping connect students with businesses and organizations that are seeking new employees. Improve your resume building, letter-writing and interview skills and learn more about co-op education opportunities by making an appointment with an Employment Services Advisor. Questions? Contact an SES advisor at or call: 250-334-5000 (Comox Valley campus) or 250-923-9700 (Campbell River campus).