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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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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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Community Science Celebration at NIC

Discover science all around you. Science World is hosting a family science event at NIC's Campbell River campus to celebrate the positive impact that science, technology and innovation has on our region's economy.

Community Science Celebrations encourage students to see value in science studies and consider science and technology career options. They also promote local businesses involved in science and technology and bring the community together by showcasing science education opportunities, local industries, government agencies, schools and community organizations involved in science and technology.

Everyone is welcome at this free community event.

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 10:30 am - 4 pm
Location: Timberline Secondary Gymnasium & North Island College, Campbell River, BC

  • Room C-246 (11:30 am, 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 pm): Chemistry show with screaming gummy bears and the famous flaming hands of death.
  • Room C-250 (10:30 am to 3:30 pm): Biology and physics hands-on activities including fresh heart dissection, see your own cells, DNA isolation and fun with physics.



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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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NIC School of Fine Arts and Design Presents: Nadine Bariteau

Date: Thursday, March 8
Time: 6 to 7 pm
Location: Stan Hagen Theatre, 2300 Ryan Road, Courtenay
Cost: Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
Nadine Bariteau is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice is rooted in printmaking, sculpture, installation and video performance. Bariteau is a graduate of Concordia University in Montréal, where she was born and raised. She earned her master of fine arts degree at York University in Toronto.
Bariteau has exhibited her work extensively, including in China, Belgium, Argentina, Australia, United States, Russia and Japan. In 2014, she was a visiting artist in the Department of Art and Design at the National Taipei University of Education in Taiwan, where she also exhibited her work.
Bariteau’s work can also be seen in private and public collections including the National Library of Québec. She was a finalist for the KM Hunter prize in 2017. In addition to her art career, Bariteau teaches printmaking at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. Bariteau has now embarked on a new adventure of converting a school bus into Studio Coyote — a printmaking and multi-disciplinary studio space with which she will begin touring the U.S and different communities in Canada this year.
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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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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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NIC Spring Harvest Buffet

Get your first taste of spring at the NIC Spring Harvest Buffet, which features freshly-prepared paella, seasonal vegetables and an array of salads and desserts.
NIC Prep Cook students will host the event at the Campbell River campus cafeteria.
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Time: Seating at 11:30 am, buffet begins at noon
Location: NIC Campbell River campus cafeteria
Admission: $20 (inclusive)

Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 250-923-9745 or by paying in person through cafeteria staff. Buy your tickets early and start off the spring season with our buffet.

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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 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.
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.