Workplace Professionalism: Skills for Employment Retention

Learn skills in a supported environment to be a stronger employee. Develop interpersonal skills and problem solving strategies as you identify avenues for success and produce a learning and career exploration portfolio.  

 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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I really like the teachers that are helping me to learn all the things that I want to learn and other things that they think I should learn, sometimes it's hard but I’m not going to give up. I’m going to keep going because I really like college. 

Ed Schievink, NIC student

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Program Requirements

Plus a total of 8 credits taken from the following courses:

  • AED-026 Health Promotion
  • AED-028 Relaxation and Stress Management
  • AED-029 Working Relationships
  • AED-031 Working with the Environment
  • AED-033 Emergency Preparation
  • AED-034 Interpersonal Skills
  • AED-035 Self-Employment Skills
  • AED-043 Customer Service
  • AED-044 Workplace Organization Skills
  • AED-045 Basics of Emergency First Aid
  • AED-050 Preparation for Food Safe
  • AED-052 Anger Management
  • AED-060 Contemporary Issues
  • AED-061 Discovering Career Paths
  • AED-062 Introduction to Peer Support
  • AED-067 Adaptive Technology for Communication

Completion Requirements

Pass in 10 credits.

Admission Requirements

  • Attend an instructor interview
  • Have a documented cognitive or mental health disability

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 should have an interest and motivation to participate in learning about the world of work.  Student success may depend on the ability to work independently and in a group setting.

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

Develop your communication skills, people skills and social skills. These soft skills are important for career success. 

Learn how to identify and demonstrate a positive customer service experience, attitudes for success, effective workplace interpersonal skills and workplace safety practices. Gain decision making, goal setting and problem solving strategies.

You will gain awareness of community resources, set health management goals (nutrition, fitness and stress management) and produce a portfolio of your learning, career interests and goals.


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

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. 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 Program
Tuition $1,177
NISU Fees $45
Total $1,222

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

Find out if this program is eligible for Student Aid BC funding.