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Explore Upgrading at NIC

Find out how to take high-school level courses to prepare for entry into diploma and degree programs and start a new career. Meet instructors and students as you learn how flexible and friendly college can be.

All levels of high school equivalent courses, up to Grade 12 are available.

Find out more about NIC’s Adult Basic Education courses.

After being out of school for so long, Upgrading made it a lot easier for me to get my head back into the game.
NIC student 2008
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NIC Turns 40

NIC is taking education out of the classroom and into the community to improve literacy and prepare students for further education. In Port Hardy, Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Ahousaht, Gold River, Bella Coola and across the region, community organizers and college educators are providing educational opportunities to students of all abilities. "NIC's goal has always been to provide students with greater access to post-secondary education," said Tony Bellavia, NIC's Assistant Vice President, Access and Regions. "We know students are most successful when we work with community organizations across the region to identify and deliver the resources students need..."

BC Adult Basic
Education Framework 

NIC's Upgrading courses are part of the BC Adult Basic Education framework, which ensures a common curriculum and articulation process among all BC school districts and post-secondary institutions.

At NIC you get the same education, with flexibility and instructor support, in an adult learning environment. Join us!

Take What You Need

Depending on the program you're interested in, you may need English or math or both. Speak with an educational advisor for more information.

Upgrading Programs Now Tuition-Free at NIC

North Island College will now be offering tuition-free upgrading courses. Additionally, depending on financial need, you may be eligible to receive a provincial government grant that will help you pay for books, supplies and/or transportation. Learn more.


NIC instructor Sara Child teaches CBC host Gregor Craigie Kwak'wala. This course is open to anyone who wants to better understand the language and culture.

Your Past High School
Grades Don't Matter

What matters is where you’re headed.  At NIC, you are part of an adult learning community, with fellow classmates who are working toward a specific goal.

We’ll help you get started at a level that feels right and help you achieve your goals with the support you need.


Take Control of Your Future

Ready to improve your job options? Finish your Grade 12? Upgrade a few courses for entry into business, health, trades or university degree programs?

NIC can help you reach your career goals quickly with a variety of  courses – from English, sciences, and math to history, computers, and more.

Steps to Upgrading 

Find out How to Start Upgrading, one step at a time. Browse available course subjects under Adult Basic Education, and call or visit an educational advisor to discuss your goals.

Flexibility & Support

At NIC, we'll help you keep up. While some of our courses have a set schedule with established deadlines, others are flexible and you learn at your own pace.

Either way, you won’t be alone. Our instructors provide encouragement every step of the way. To find out when classes begin in your community, contact an educational advisor or email

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