NIC’s Tourism and Hospitality Management diploma students took their classroom to the ocean as part of a class field trip to the remote Sonora Resort.
Students spent the day on a 35-foot boat exploring isolated ocean passages north of Campbell River and getting a behind the scenes tour of one of Canada’s top-rated luxury wilderness destinations. Read the full story. More
In fall 2016, students from an Aboriginal Eco-Tourism program, developed in partnership between VIU, NIC and Heiltsuk Tribal Council, spent a week in Port Hardy, participating in a pit cook with younger students from Wagalus School and learning to tend salmon glubok (barbeque) from Kwakiutl community members. Learn more.
Starting this September, a new course is taking NIC’s Tourism and Hospitality Management program students behind the scenes in NIC’s student-run restaurant in Campbell River. More
In spring 2017, NIC offered a Pathways to Tourism program with 12 participants. The program offered students a chance to earn industry certifications and prepare them for further Tourism and Hospitality training. By the end of the program, a high percentage of students found jobs within the tourism industry. NIC student, Patricia Johnson (pictured) found employment at Port Hardy's newest hotel, Kwal'lilas, a beautifully renovated hotel built in the traditional big house style with amazing work from local artists. Learn more.
Chef Christine Lilyholm knows what it takes to be a master chef. The chef and instructor in NIC's Professional Cook programs is helping shape curriculum for cooks across Canada.
The Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council recently selected her to review the National Occupancy Standards for the emerit Line Cook program, an Ottawa-based online training program. More
NIC's Adventure Guiding
department chair David Pinel was recently featured in BC Magazine
The article "Sea Otter Country
" features Pinel in his role as a guide and co-owner of West Coast Expeditions, which in partnership with the Kyuquot-Checleset First Nations, promotes cultural interactions between First Nations communities and tourists interested in seeing sea otters by kayak on the west coast.
“Sea otters are a lens, a door into so many topics about ecology, the history of British Columbia, First Nations, interactions with other species,” Pinel says.
Paresa Habibi wanted to combine her love of travel and meeting people with the opportunity to gain a strong business background. With NIC’s Tourism and Hospitality Management program, she was able to work and learn across BC and around the world, and bridge her education directly into NIC's business degree. Read Paresa's story.
NIC Adventure Guiding students are used to learning from the best. Instructor and West Coast Expeditions managing owner Dave Pinel has been actively involved in the industry since 1985, and has been featured in numerous newspapers, and magazines across Canada. His business recently earned a new accolade. His company was endorsed by the Canadian Tourism Commission as a once in a lifetime Canadian travel experience. Read more.
NIC Adventure Guiding alumni, Andrew Jennings is thrilled for the opportunity to reunite a Japanese fisherman with his boat. The small fishing boat was lost at sea after a tsunami devastated the Japanese town of Ofunato in 2011. The boat drifted 7,000 kilometres from Ofunato, Japan to Klemtu, BC, where it was discovered, resting on the shoreline near Spirit Bear Lodge where Jennings works as assistant manager. In August 2015, Japanese fisherman Kou Sasaki will travel to Klemtu to be reunited with the unsinkable little boat, whose journey he says, is a symbol of the resilience and faith of the Japanese people. His moving story was featured in the July 3 edition of the Globe and Mail. Click here to read the full story.