Employment Transition

Gain work, life and social skills in a supported environment. Take part in supervised unpaid work experience and receive skills training that may lead to employment, supported work, volunteer opportunities or further skills training, depending on your goals.

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Campbell River, Comox Valley, Port Alberni
Starts: September, January
Length: 1 year
Delivery: On-campus and Digital (Blended)

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NIC has helped me by giving me tools that help with taking notes in class. I want to be an early childhood educator and I have been able to do a work experience at a licensed child care facility.

Hannah Taylor, NIC student

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Program Requirements

Course offerings for the Employment Transition program change from year to year based on enrolment and community need. Course topics may include, but are not limited to:

Admission Requirements

  • Have a genuine desire to work
  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Be individuals with documented cognitive or mental health disabilities
  • Attend a personal interview with the instructor

Note: North Island College staff are available and happy to support unique student needs as well as assist with course planning and the admission process. Please contact the Department of Accessible Learning Services for more information.

To Be Successful

Students must successfully complete a successful work experience coordinated by North Island College or with an affiliate authorized by the College.

Students should have an interest and motivation to participate in learning about the world of work. They must be able to work successfully in a group setting or be provided appropriate support by the referring agency. As well, they must be able to arrange transportation to and from classes and other resources that are needed for their ongoing support while at college.

Accessible Learning

Making education accessible for those with a documented disability is a key priority for NIC. We offer a wide range of services, supports and resources for students. For more information visit: Accessible Learning Services.

Kathy O'Donnell

Kathy O

Department Chair, Faculty

Campbell River Campus 250-923-9774 | Location CWG - 224

Erin M Cathro

Erin M Cathro
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8764

Liz Girard

Liz Girard


Accessible Learning, Adult Basic Education

Master of Special Education (Flinder's University, Australia, 2013)


Subjects: Access Education
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5078 | Location TYE - 113
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9772

Neil Holm

Neil Holm
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4103 | Location TYE - 113
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8764

Program Highlights

The Employment Transition program is a supportive program that teaches students the work, life, and social skills needed to prepare for employment.
Course offerings for the Employment Transition program change from year to year based on enrolment and community need. The program runs from September to April, with intake and registration in May. Interested students are asked to contact the instructors eight months prior to the start of the program so that the department is aware of your needs and interests.
The program is designed to prepare students for employment, supported work, volunteer positions, or further skills training. Subject to funding availability, students also have the option to participate in unpaid work experience practicums. The type of positions will depend on the students, their areas of interest, their aptitudes, and the types of jobs available in the local community. Total program hours vary.

Career Opportunities

Depending on your skills, you may exit to competitive employment, supported work, volunteer positions or further specific skills training.  Types of employment will range according to your ability, interests and the local labour market.

Tuition & Costs Estimate

Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

per Course
Tuition $235
NISU Fees $10
Total $245

Accessible Learning courses are eligible for an Adult Upgrading Grant and we can help you with the application process to apply for funding.

Costs per course vary between $118 to $235.

Tuition and NISU (Student Union) fees may vary, depending on the credit value of the course. The amounts dsplayed above are an average cost.