North Island College
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Tuition: $3,500.00  Students: 4,093
2300 Ryan Road
Courtenay, BC      V9N 8N6

North Island College

North Island College (NIC) was established in 1975 as a result of a collaborative agreement between the Ministry of Education and four school districts. Its vision as an educational institution is “to be the first choice of residents of North Vancouver Island and the Central Coast for post-secondary education and training,” and its mission is to deliver the skills and knowledge that their students need to gain successful employment and further education. ... continued below

About North Island College

Campus: Facilities, Residence and Location

The College has four campuses: The Comox Valley campus, which is the largest campus, opened in 1992, followed by Port Alberni’s Roger Street campus in 1995 and the Campbell River campus in 1997. Some of the more remote communities, such as Ucluelet and Gold River, have access centres as well as outside of Vancouver Island (Bella Coola and Cortes Island). The Comox Valley has numerous portables and four main buildings. The main building is the Discovery Hall, which includes the library, classrooms, staff offices, and registration desks. Campbell has Raven Hall and Puntledge Hall, and together with Discovery Hall, are connected by a raised skyway.

The newest building in Comox Valley is Tyee Hall, which contains the college bookstore, cafeteria, classrooms and computer labs. Campbell River campus is subdivided into two: The Tebo Road Vocational Centre and the South Dogwood Street Campus. South Dogwood is uniquely shared with the Timberline Secondary School. Port Alberni campus is one main building with a residence building located inside it. Other facilities of the campus include a state of the art trades and nursing facilities, a full service gourmet bistro, only online astronomy lab, one out of the only four Anagama kilns in existence, and the only commercial screen press for student learning.

Student Services and Student Life

North Island College offers the following services: Aboriginal Services, Access for Students with Disabilities Services, Counselling, Library, Math Centre, Peer Support Network, and Writing Centre, Student Advisors, Apprenticeship, University Transfer, Transfer Possibilities, Assessment Services, Financial Aid, Awards, Distance Learning, Study Abroad, Tuition & Costs, Book Search, Bookstores, Child Care, Computer Access & Wireless, Emergencies & Closures, Other Services & Facilities, Transportation (free parking at NIC, carpooling, free and accessible bike racks), and Work (Cooperative Education, Online Tutorials, Job Listings & Search Sites, Education Planning, Career Planning, Carpooling).

Students who are registered in the College are automatically members of the Student Union. The association is involved with local, provincial, and national student movement campaigns to lobby for the students’ rights. They are also involved in the extracurricular activities of the students, and have been holding successful welcome events and barbecues at the Comox Valley, Port Alberni, and Campbell River campuses.

Academic Programs

Aboriginal Education Assistant Certificate

Administrative Assistant Certificate

Adventure Tourism Diploma

Aircraft Structures Technician (AME-S) Certificate

Animal Care Aide Certificate

Associate of Arts Degree (Several Options)

Associate of Science Degree

Automotive Service Technician (Entry-Level) Certificate

Bachelor of Arts (Liberal Studies) Degree

Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting Major Degree

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

Business Administration Certificate

Business Administration Diploma

Carpentry Foundation Certificate

Coastal Adventure Tourism Certificate

Culinary Arts Program

Drafting Certificate

Early Childhood Care & Education Certificate

Early Childhood Care & Education Diploma

Electrical Foundation Certificate

Electronics Technician Core Certificate

English as a Second Language Program

Fine Arts Diploma

Food and Beverage Management Certificate

General Educational Development Tests

Greenhouse Management Certificate

Heavy Duty and Commercial Transport Mechanics Foundation Certificate

Home Support/Resident Care Attendant Certificate

Hospitality Distance Learning Certificates

Human Services Diploma

Industrial Automation Technician Diploma

Joinery/Cabinet Making Foundation Certificate

Metal Fabrication Foundation Certificate

Office Management Certificate

Plumbing and Piping Foundation Certificate

Practical Nurse Certificate

Professional Photography Certificate

Tourism and Hospitality Management Diploma

University Transfer Studies

Welding Levels C, B, A and Testing

Women's Studies Diploma

Off-Campus Living

The College has a specific website dedicated to off-campus housing services. Students can use the OCH101 housing research resource to review numerous types of properties, post a personal profile, and search for possible roommates. They can also find it useful in knowing more about transportation, landlord-tenant relations, safety and security, and area resources information

Courtenay Information

Courtenay is a city on the east coast of Vancouver Island, in the province of British Columbia, Canada. It is the largest city in the area commonly known as the Comox Valley. In the Comox Valley it really is possible to enjoy the best of all seasons - you can be knee-deep in a winter wonderland, then within half an hour be dusting the snow off your boots on a lush green golf course, or paddling a kayak through sparkling blue waters.

The Comox Valley is also a thriving centre for arts and culture. Four major museums, live theatre, a dynamic music scene, an active artist community and year round cultural festivals and events are just a few of the many attractions the Comox Valley has to offer. With Its stunning views and vibrant combination of outdoor adventures and cultural activities, it is no surprise that the Comox Valley is one of BC's top year-round destinations.


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