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Community Care

Programs for Positive Change

When it comes to providing assistance and compassion to those who need it most, NIC graduates are there, ready to support their communities and inspire positive change.

NIC graduates have the knowledge and skills to effectively communicate and help those in need. Students participate in supportive discussion groups, lectures, field trips, and workplace practicums, such as those discussed in our Early Childhood Care and Education program video, shown below.

With NIC's Community Care programs, you’ll learn how to contribute to building stronger, healthier communities, and gain the confidence, knowledge, and skills you’ll need to start working.

There's such a huge need for ECCE practitioners, most of my classmates stepped straight into jobs after graduating. I decided to further my education in Child and Youth Care, and the program gave me a great knowledge base to take with me to UVic.
Keelyn McPherson, NIC Grad, Early Childhood Care & Education

NIC ECCE Students Work with new Alberni Valley Preschool

NIC ECCE students will be collaborating with the Alberni Valley Early Years Centre to learn from and with children, aged 3 to 5 years old.

"It's not replacing practicums... but it will be a place for them to come in and practice making observations, setting up explorations for the children and having me mentor them and giving them a better foundation to head out into their practicums with," said preschool teacher Carrie Nahorney.  Read more.

Children Teaching 
Teachers (CTT)

With Children Teaching Teachers, Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) students participate in an innovative learning experience. Students design and set up a children’s classroom space at the Beaufort Children’s Centre and lead a stimulating preschool program. After observing the class, students and staff provide feedback, and develop stronger plans for the next day’s class. With immediate assessment, CTT gives students a valuable opportunity to learn about their career and themselves.

 ECCE in Mount Waddington

ECCE in Mount Waddington

NIC's Early Childhood Care & Education Certificate will be offered part-time over three years in the Mt. Waddington region starting September 2017. Change the lives of young children providing quality care and education for healthy early development. Education theory and extensive practicums provide the fist steps toward your Certificate to Practice in BC. The certificate program is held part time through evening classes, Interactive TV and online learning, allowing you to balance other commitments while you study. For more information contact Laurie Tulloch at or phone: 1-800-715-0914

Global Learning Initiative

NIC’s Global Learning Initiative is a student-driven project that creates partnerships with local communities and individuals to foster awareness of global issues. Students and faculty have travelled to Uganda, Nepal, Mozambique, Rivers Inlet, and Kingcome Inlet and will be returning to Nepal and Rivers Inlet in 2014. Every year, nursing and human services students learn remote Aboriginal and global communities through personal experience. For more information, contact RaeAnn Hartman at

Work toward your BC Certification in Ucluelet

Study ECC-114 in Winter 2018 in-person at Ucluelet Centre to work toward or maintain your certification, gain credit for professional development and valuable skills in-demand regionally and globally.

The course runs Tuesday evenings from 6 – 9 pm, starting February 6, 2018