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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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Registrations Now Open for LPN Access to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

Are you a practicing LPN interested in becoming a registered nurse? NIC’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is now accepting applications into its LPN Access program starting July 3, 2018.

LPN Access to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (Option C)

Applications open from March 1 to June 15, 2018. This option is designed to allow Licensed Practical Nurses to access Term 4 of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Students choosing this option proceed to degree completion by completing five academic terms and two consolidated practice experiences.
Prospective students must meet the following academic requirements:
Complete BIO 261 prior to entry. BIO 261 is offered in the 2018 Spring Term.
Submit official transcripts from PN Program and other educational institutions attended.
1. Submit verification of registration status from CLPNBC.
2. C+ in one of Principles of Math 11, Applications of Math 12, Pre-Calculus 11, Foundations of Math 12, NIC MAT 053 or a Math assessment test.
3. *C in ENG 115 or ENG 117
4. *C in BIO 160/161 and 260
5. *C in NUR 170 and NUR 173 from either NIC or VIU.
*C is minimum requirement in any one course but the cumulative average of all six courses must be 65% or better.
Note: Applicants who meet the admission requirements for this option will be accepted in NIC’s program, depending on seat availability. Some prospective students may be required to have an interview at the discretion of the department chair or designate. The interview is designed to assist students in making an informed decision about pursuing a nursing career.
For more information, or to register, visit the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program page, or book an appointment with a student advisor at 1-800-715-0914.
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Wildfire Crew Member Training

Date: March 12-28, April 9-25 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 meets the prerequisites for a student 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.

Employers / Sponsorship Organizations: To sponsor a student please complete the sponsorship form. Please ensure they fill out their complete name, address, phone number and birth date on the registration form. Once completed, email them to or fax them to 250-334-5260. Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis. 

For more information, or to register, visit the course information online. For a full list of additional first aid courses at NIC, visit

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Become a blood donor — Canadian Blood Services at NIC this week

Join Canadian Blood Services at NIC’s Comox Valley and Campbell River campuses this Thursday and Friday to register for blood drives, book appointments and learn more about saving lives by donating blood.
Canadian Blood Services representative Gayle Voyer will be at the Comox Valley campus' Tyee Hall entrance on Thursday, March 15 from 11 am to 1 pm. On Friday, March 16, she will be at the Campbell River campus’ C-Wing entrance, also from 11 am to 1 pm.
NIC is a member of the Partners for Life program, which sees organizations work with Canadian Blood Services to help recruit blood donors, engage the community, offer volunteer opportunities, help with promotion and more.
The information events this week take place ahead of three upcoming blood clinics in Campbell River that NIC students, staff and faculty are invited to attend. Details are as follows:
Where: Campbell River Community Hall, 401-11th Ave Campbell River
Tuesday, March 27 - 1:30 to 6:30 pm
Wednesday, March 28 - 11:30 am to 6:30 pm
Thursday, March 29 - 1:30 to 6:30 pm
Help NIC meet its Partner for Life donation goals by becoming a donor. NIC’s partner ID number is NORT368728, or tell clinic administrators you are giving on behalf of NIC.

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National Co-op and Work-Integrated Learning Week

Join Student Employment Services for special events to mark National Co-op and Work-Integrated Learning Week from March 19-23!
All events except the NIC Career Fair are held on our Comox Valley campus and are open to all NIC students.
MONDAY March 19 –
Career Fair Warm-Up - Stan Hagen Theatre, 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Free Financial Literacy workshop: Introduction to Basic Budgeting, facilitated by NIC alumni and former co-op student Angie Carlyle. Registration required via events on CareerCentral - Tyee 204, 6 to 7:30 pm
TUESDAY March 20 –
Outside Games and Trivia - In front of Discovery Hall, 1:30 to 3 pm
WEDNESDAY March 21 —
Speed Interviews Workshop - Stan Hagen Theatre, 2 to 3:30 pm
Why Filing Taxes in Canada Is a Good Idea. Attending this free workshop requires registration via CareerCentral. Facilitated by NIC alumni and former Co-op student Angie Carlyle. Registration required via events on CareerCentral - Tyee 202, 6 to 7:30 pm
THURSDAY March 22 —
NIC 8th-annual Career Fair – Florence Filberg Centre, Downtown Courtenay, 11-3 pm
FRIDAY March 23 —
Free Coffee and Tea - Discovery 115, 10 to 11:30 am.
Join us for a week of events and fun as you learn about co-op and skills for finding work, network with employers and explore your career options.
Want a chance to win more prizes? Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) is hosting a national social media contest. Post about co-op on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter using the hashtags #coopweek, #WILWeek and #hirecoop. You’ll be eligible for daily prize draws and winners’ names will be posted each day of National Co-op and Work-Integrated Learning Week.
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Multi-Faith Panel Discussion Hosted by NIC's Office of Global Engagement

Join us in welcoming representatives from various spiritual and humanist world views for a panel presentation meant to raise awareness of the spiritual diversity in the Comox Valley and to promote mutual respect and understanding.

Each panelist will share a 10 to 15 minute presentation on the main tenets of their tradition and provide an overview of how their philosophy reaches across ethnicity and language to a deeper common humanity.

Date: Tuesday, March 20

Time: 6:30 pm (doors open at 6 pm)

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

For more information email Nadine Biggs at

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NIC Global Learning Initiative Presents: Water Warriors and We Are Protectors of the Water

Water Warriors is the story of a New Brunswick community’s successful fight to protect their water from the oil and natural gas industry. In 2013, Texas-based company SWN Resources arrived in New Brunswick to explore for natural (fracked) gas. In response, a multicultural group of unlikely warriors set up a series of road blockades preventing exploration.
Beautifully filmed local watersheds, lakes and rivers provide the images for Yarrow Willard’s poem and call to action, We Are Protectors of the Water.
Date: Wednesday, March 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's 8th Annual Career Fair

Date: Thursday, March 22
Time: 11 am - 3 pm
Admission: Free
Location: Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave., Courtenay, BC
Join NIC for its eighth annual Career Fair March 22, 2018 and meet the region's top employers all in one place.
This free event brings the region's top tourism, retail and financial and government employers to you. This year's employers include BC Ferries, Island Health, the Black Rock Oceanfront Resort, Wickanninish Inn, MNP, Coast Capital Credit Union, Island Health, SD 71, Costco, Chartered Professional Accountants of BC. Find a full list of employers in our online Career Fair booklet
Don't forget to take our short survey before March 30 for a chance to win a $150 NIC voucher.

About NIC's Student Employment Services

Student Employment Services (SES) assists students in developing strategies for effective job searching, while helping connect students with businesses and organizations 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? Email or call: 250-334-5000 (Comox Valley campus) or 250-923-9700 (Campbell River campus).
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NIC School of Fine Arts and Design Presents: Brendan Tang

Date: Thursday, March 22
Time: 6 to 7 pm
Location: Stan Hagen Theatre, 2300 Ryan Road, Courtenay
Cost: Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
Born in Ireland to Trinidadian parents, Brendan Lee Satish Tang moved to Canada when he was five. Tang’s upbringing informed his approach to art making, as he now works as a visual ethnographer – documenting and interpreting contemporary culture through his own assumptions, preferences, values and personal history.
Tang aims to create work that serves as a portal for reflection and dialogue. While his aesthetic is driven by a seemingly manic consumption of visual culture, Tang’s work is labour intensive and detail oriented. He places high value on craftsmanship, as refinement allows him to reference art history, and notions of class and value.
Tang currently teaches in the ceramics department of Emily Carr University and is represented by Gallery Jones.
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NIC Tourism and Hospitality Students Present: ‘Under the Stars’ Wine Festival

Location: Florence Filberg Centre, Courtenay
Date: March 23, 2018
Time: 7-9 pm
Admission: $75
Walk the red carpet at a gala “Under the Stars” themed event and sample from among more than 150 delicious BC and international wines, as well as a wide assortment of craft beers. Local vineyards such as 40 Knots, Coastal Black and Beaufort Winery will be among more than 20 wine and craft beer vendors featuring their latest products.
Other wineries participating this year includes:
- Blue Moon
- Back Door
- Hillside
- Dirty Laundry
- Upper Bench, Marichel
- Stag's Hollow
- Blue Grouse
- Unsworth
- Nagging Doubt
- Lock & Worth
- Synchromesh
- Kanazawa
Local and international wineries will also be joined by Bomber Brewing, Vancouver Island Brewing, Wayward Distillation House and Sheringham Distillery.
Hors d'oeuvres will be served by gourmet local catering companies, complemented by cheeses from Natural Pastures Cheese Company in Courtenay and fresh seafood from Out Landish Shellfish Guild in Heriot Bay. The evening will also feature wine and cheese seminars, live entertainment and a blind wine tasting session, a new feature this year.
NIC tourism and hospitality students have organized the Wine Festival since 2002 as part of their THM-203 Convention & Special Events Management course. All proceeds from this year’s event will go towards NIC Foundation bursaries for new and current students, as well supporting students taking international exchanges as part of NIC’s study abroad program.
This year’s event will take place in Courtenay on March 23, 2018 from 7 to 9 pm at the Florence Filberg Centre, following years of largely sold-out events in Campbell River.
A shuttle service to Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland will be offered following the event to ensure guests arrive home safely.
Tickets cost $75 and are available through the North Island College Bookstore or online at


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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. 



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Support NIC Human Service Students at Burger and Beverage Silent Auction Event

A group of NIC human services students will be studying abroad this spring, taking part in community development in Cebu, Philippines. They are hosting a burger and beverage silent auction to raise funds toward this project.

Date: Thursday, April 12

Time: 5-8 pm

Location: The Prime Chophouse

Cost: $20 plus taxes ($5 of your purchase will support 2018 community development project in Cebu)

For more information contact NIC human services student