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Professional Opportunities & Degree Pathways

Looking for a career in one of Canada's fastest growing industries? From resort managers and professional cooks, to wilderness guides and tour operators, NIC puts you on the path to industry success.

NIC's programs and professional instructors provide amazing field trips, on-the-job experience, employer connections, and business or tourism degree pathways. Get the knowledge, credentials, and skills you need to achieve your goals.

Watch our videos to learn more about other Tourism programs and events:

Go behind the scenes with new video of NIC's Wine Festival, an annual gala organized and run by NIC's tourism students in Campbell River.
North Island College’s Tourism and Hospitality Management programs produce successful and employable people interested in the industry. Students have a remarkable level of commitment, a genuine eagerness to learn, and they strive for a high level of accomplishment.
Adelle Henderson, Front Office Manager, Painter's Lodge, Campbell River
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Seeking Out Sonora

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 pdf

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Kwakiutl Host Eco-Tourism Students

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.

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 Get Cooking</a>

Tourism Students
Get Cooking

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

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Indigenous Pathways to Tourism program

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.

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NIC Instructor Crafts National Curriculum

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

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Sea Otter Country

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.
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Study Tourism, Travel the World, and Get your Business Degree

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.

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Learn from Industry Leaders

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. pdf

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Adventure Guide Reunites Japanese Fisherman with Lost Boat

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.