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Global Leaders of Tomorrow Connects Students with Mentors

NIC's Global Leaders of Tomorrow program is a great opportunity for students to receive mentorship, increase knowledge and learn networking skills.

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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Third Course Bistro Now Open for Winter 2018 Term

Date: Thursday and Friday Evenings, until March 16 (excluding Feb 15-16)
Time: 5 to 7:30 pm
Location: NIC Campbell River Campus
Reservations: Call 250-923-9745 or e-mail
Join NIC Professional Cook students in Campbell River's Third Course Bistro this winter for a delicious four-course meal.
After a salad and soup, choose from pan-seared salmon, New York steak, sautéed chicken breast, the catch of the day, or cauliflower and date tangine before moving on to crème caramel, chocolate mousse or lemon tart for dessert.  For a full menu and additional details, visit
The bistro is open Thursdays and Friday evenings from 5 to 7:30 pm until March 16 and reservations are recommended. For more information or to make reservations, call 250-923-9745 or e-mail
Note: There will be no restaurant service February 15 and 16.
NIC Third Course Bistro Now Open
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Tyee Hall Cafeteria Now Open Saturdays

The Custom Gourmet cafeteria at NIC's Comox Valley campus is open Monday to Friday, 8 am to 3 pm and Saturdays, 10 am to 3 pm.



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Join us for Summer School at NIC's Comox Valley Campus

View our full Summer School 2018 schedule for a wide selection of university transfer courses available at NIC this spring and summer.

NIC's educational advisors can help you choose the right courses for your interests and goals. Call us at 1-800-715-0914 to make an appointment.

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Enhanced Security Guard

This program provides the knowledge and practical skills required for entry into the field, including mandatory training required for provincial licensing. 

Funding for this program is provided by the Government of Canada-British Columbia Job Fund. Tuition & textbooks are provided at no cost to eligible participants.

Program Dates: Winter 2018:  February 19 – March 16, 2018  Monday through Friday, 9 - 5 pm
Location:  North Island College, Comox Valley (classes may be held at various locations, bus or alternate transportation is required).  
Funding Eligibility: Funding for this program is provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund. Tuition and textbooks are provided at no cost to eligible participants. Sponsorship does not include living expenses. 
All participants must meet the following basic eligibility criteria: 
• be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident 
• be legally entitled to work in Canada
• currently be living in British Columbia
• not be a student (i.e., not enrolled in high school or post-secondary training) and
• at the time the training is to take place, not be participating in another provincially or federally funded labour market program. 
Employment categories:
a) Unemployed and not EI eligible; or,
b) Employed and low-skilled, such as those who do not have a high school diploma; or,
c) Underemployment, such as those who do not have permanent or full-time employment. 

Participation Requirements: You should be in good physical condition; able to work standing for long periods of time; able to lift items weighing up to 20 pounds; and able to read and write in English. A criminal record check is required for admission. 

Best to apply by: February 13, 2018 to guarantee a seat in the program. 

For more information and to confirm your eligibility, contact NIC Continuing Education: or 250-334-5000 ext 4601


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NIC's Comox Valley campus is now registering students for WorkSafe BC certified Occupational First Aid Level 3 and Level 3 renewal training.
The course runs Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, starting February 19.
Instructor: Ernie Payne 
Dates: Feb 19- March 2 for the new certification; Feb 26 to March 2 for renewal training
Cost: $750 (full) & $600 (renewal) approx., plus fees.
Location: NIC Comox Valley Campus, Courtenay 
Registration: You can register for these or any other first aid course online at or at any of our campuses. 
This course, requires some pre-reading. Register by February 5 to receive your textbooks and complete the required reading before the course starts. Contact Susan at 250-334-5092 or to receive  your textbooks. 
Register early as First Aid courses fill quickly. 


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NIC Global Learning Initiative Presents: Everybody's Children

This documentary captures a year in the life of two teenage refugees, Joyce and Sallieu, who have left their own countries to make a new life in Ontario. Joyce, 17, left the Democratic Republic of Congo to avoid being forced into prostitution by her family. Sallieu, 16, had witnessed the murder of his mother as a young boy in war-torn Sierra Leone. The film follows them as they bear the normal pressures of being a teenager while simultaneously undergoing the refugee application process.
Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
Location: Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC Comox Valley campus
Admission is by donation to NIC's Global Learning Initiative, which aims to foster awareness of global issues through partnerships with local communities and individuals. There will also be an opportunity to purchase chocolate and coffee in support of this fund.
For more information contact Lynne Oberik at 250-334-5061 or
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NIC School of Fine Arts and Design Presents: Rande Cook

Date: Thursday, February 22
Time: 6 to 8:30 pm
Location: Stan Hagen Theatre, 2300 Ryan Road, Courtenay
Cost: Admission is free, donations welcome
Join accomplished northwest coast artist Rande Cook for an inspiring evening as part of NIC’s ongoing 2018 Artist Talk Series.

Cook was born in Alert Bay on Vancouver Island. The natural beauty of his surroundings served as inspiration in his early years, as did his grandparents, whom he credits for instilling important life and cultural values. He has solidified his status as a talented artist in several mediums, including wood sculpture, metal work and painting. He trained under mentors in Italy and New York, and his works can be seen in galleries in the US, Canada and around the world. He credits his international travel and exhibitions with a desire to push the boundaries of traditional works such as ceremonial masks and potlatches with performance, carving, photography and painting.
This free public event, hosted by NIC’s School of Fine Arts and Design, runs Thursday, Feb. 22 at the Stan Hagen Theatre at NIC’s Comox Valley campus. The evening also features a reception, local wine, refreshments and the launch of fundraising efforts to support future Artist Talk Series.
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Beat(nik) the Winter Blues with Poet Laureate Natalie Nickerson

Winter hues gotcha blue? Reject the standard narrative. LIghten-up with the up-beats! Join Comox Valley Poet Laureate Natalie Nickerson at the Tyee Lounge for a beatnik poetry reading and dada workshop. Featured poets include William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Diane di Prima and Kerouac. Defy convention, create poetry and share your saucy gems on the open mic. We promise not to play William Tell.

Date: Friday, February 23

Time: 6:30 - 9 pm

Location: Tyee Student Lounge, NIC Comox Valley campus


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NIC's Write Here Readers Series Presents Can't Lit Podcasters Dina Del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli

Daniel Zomparelli is the Founder of Poetry Is Dead magazine. He is a co-podcaster at Can’t Lit. His first book of poems Davie Street Translations was published by Talonbooks. His collaborative book with Dina Del Bucchia, Rom Com, was published by Talonbooks. His first collection of short stories Everything is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person came out in the Spring of 2017.

Dina Del Bucchia is the author of three collections of poetry: Coping with Emotions and Otters (Talonbooks, 2013), Blind Items (Insomiac Press, 2014), and Rom Com (Talonbooks 2015), the latter written with her Can’t Lit podcast co-host Daniel Zomparelli. She is an editor of Poetry Is Dead magazine and the Artistic Director of the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series. Her first collection of short stories, Don’t Tell Me What to Do, is out now with Arsenal Pulp Press. You can find out more about her at:

Zomparelli and Del Bucchia co-host the Canadian literary podcast Can't Lit. According to Nuvo Magazine, this one of the top five Canadian podcasts to know.

Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018

Time: 7 pm

Location: Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC Comox Valley campus

For more information contact Nick Van Orden:
Phone:  250-334-5000 ext 4189.


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Wildfire Crew Member Training

Date: March 12-28, 2018
Where: Campbell River campus
Tuition: $1,995
In just 13 days, be ready to join BC wildfire crews and receive industry certification.
Learn the practical skills and fundamental theory you need to become an entry-level firefighter in BC. Gain industry certifications and graduate with the qualifications needed to work on BC wildfire crews.

Register in person at the Student Registration Office of any NIC campus. For more information, contact Continuing Education and Training at or call 250-923-9750.

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Emergency Medical Responder Course

The EMR course provides the knowledge and skills necessary in an emergency to help sustain life, reduce pain, and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness in a pre-hospital setting.

This course is for those providing emergency response; these may include firefighters, law enforcement officers, workplace responders, and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel.

This course also meets the prerequisites for a student to go on to write the BC Gov't Emergency Medical Assistant (EMA) exams.


Date: March 12 – 23, 2018
Time: Mon - Fri; 8 am - 5 pm
Location: Comox Valley Campus
Cost: $995 (includes books & all supplies)
Instructor: Ernie Payne

Prerequisite(s): Participant must be certified in Standard First Aid with CPR level C or higher. Pre-reading and homework required, contact First Aid Dept. at 250-334-5092 to arrange to get course materials. Minimum of 16 years of age. Students under 19 require a parent/ guardian signed waiver.

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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.

Please consider joining us as an exhibitor and complete the online registration.

Date: Thursday, 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).


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NIC Presents Award-Winning Poet Jordan Abel for readings in Comox Valley and Port Alberni

Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer from BC. He is pursuing a PhD at Simon Fraser University where his research concentrates on intergenerational trauma and Indigenous literature. Abel’s creative work has recently been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope), The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (Arbiter Ring) and The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayword). Abel is the author of The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Un/inhabited and Injun (winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize).

Date: Thursday, April 5 & Friday, April 6

Time: 7 pm

Thursday's Location: Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC's Comox Valley campus

Friday's Location: Room S-108, NIC's Port Alberni campus




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Metal Jewellery Design Open House

Discover the unique talent of NIC's Metal Jewellery Design students and instructor. Tour the studio. meet the artists and learn about NIC's wide range of metal jewellery courses. 

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Time: 1 - 3 pm
Location: Room D209 (Metal Jewellery Studio), Campbell River campus

Admission is free, everyone is welcome.