Sub Menu

North Island College

NIC is honoured to acknowledge the traditional territories of the combined 35 First Nations of the Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish traditions, on whose traditional and unceded territories it is situated.

North Island College (NIC) is a publicly funded community college serving residents on Vancouver Island and the central BC Coast. With a focus on access and a commitment to student success, NIC is nationally and internationally recognized for its technology-enabled distance learning and incorporating Indigenous ways of knowing and being into teaching and learning.

Along with its four main campuses in Campbell River, the Comox Valley, Port Alberni and Port Hardy, NIC serves the region though a learning centre in Ucluelet, unique lab spaces at the former St. Joseph’s hospital in Comox and through in-community delivered programming, tailored to meet the training and educational needs of the community.

NIC’s strong partnership agreements with universities and colleges across BC, Canada, the US and around the world, give its students access to the best in education in Canada and abroad through transfer agreements, exchanges, short and long-term study abroad opportunities and field schools.

NIC proudly serves more than 8,000 domestic and international students annually with more than 1,000 courses and 80 credit programs including university transfer and academic upgrading, health, human services, fine art and design, tourism and hospitality, trades and technical, business and office administration and Indigenous studies.

Fast Facts

  • NIC serves 157,000 people, across 80,000 square kilometres on Vancouver Island and the BC coast – the largest population of BC’s rural colleges.
  • NIC recently completed an $18 million expansion project of its Campbell River campus.
  • The BC Student Outcomes Survey reports 90% of NIC graduates say they were very satisfied or satisfied with their education.
  • The NIC Foundation annually wards more than $534,000 in scholarships and bursaries to current and future NIC students.

Our programs include:

  • University Transfer, including engineering, criminology, computer information systems, languages and exclusive partnership agreements with VIU, UVic, UBC, SFU and more.
  • Health, including the nationally recognized Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree
  • Human Services, including early childhood care and education
  • Business, with certificate, diploma, degree and post-degree programs
  • Office Administration, online, flexible programs from office assistant to office management
  • Tourism & Hospitality, including an eight-month Adventure Guiding Certificate Trades, ITA-approved foundation and apprenticeship training in construction, resource, transportation and culinary.
  • Fine Arts, including Professional Photography certificate, Fine Arts diploma and transfer agreements to AUArts and Emily Carr
  • Interactive Media, including web programming, mobile app development and communication design.

Our research specialization:

NIC’s Centre for Applied Research, Technology and Innovation (CARTI) connects NIC expert staff and students with local businesses and organizations to develop innovative solutions to current challenges. Our goal is to connect communities through research. We offer services to support research project development, project management and funding.

Projects include:

  • Sustainable aquaculture
  • Kelp production
  • Indigenous Leadership
  • Nursing research
  • Remote web-based science laboratory
  • Custom solutions using robotics, electronics and internet
  • Social enterprise projects




  • 2740

  • 3083

  • 564

  • 420

  • 1246


This is how we...

Contribute to our Community

NIC believes the key to our students’ success is our connections to our community. Through responsive program development, we can meet the educational and training needs of students throughout our region.

NIC is focused on incorporating Indigenous ways of knowing and being into our teaching and learning, through working with local First Nations communities and Elders.

Our exclusive partnership agreements allow NIC students to start their university journey in their home communities and then transfer those credits to finish their degree at major universities in BC and across Canada.

Our work integrated learning opportunities allow students to earn while they learn, apply the theory and skills in the workplace, along with making connections with local organizations and potential future employers.

As well as opportunities in their home communities, NIC offers hundreds of study abroad options so our students can explore the globe while furthering their education.

Foster Student Success

Tina Tang

NIC culinary alumna Tina Tang has made a name for herself as one of the next star chefs in Canada (as named by the Globe and Mail). She is a member of Culinary Team BC, which recently competed at the 2020 IKA Culinary Olympics in Germany. The team competed in the regional category, winning silver. Tina also competed in the individual pastry competition and won bronze. Upon her return home, she was nominated for, and was named, one of the Top 30 under 30 by Kostuch Media. Tina remains connected to NIC, returning to meet with students and answer their questions about the industry.

“I know how valuable that mentorship was to me, and how important it is as you’re developing as a chef,” she said. “I’m so happy to be able to answer questions or help new chefs as they start their culinary careers.”

Chris Scarlatti

Starting as an upgrading student, Chris received the President’s Award for Academic Excellence in 2016. Chris has continued his studies with NIC’s Business Administration program and has worked with NIC’s Aboriginal educational advisors on the Aboriginal Scholars program – is a culturally relevant, holistic program, based on the concept of the medicine wheel, which aims to help students find balance in all aspects of their lives.

Through the program, Chris became more involved in NIC, including becoming a student leader. He was also named a UBC Sauder Ch’nook Scholar.

Jennifer Kortlever

Jennifer is a university studies student at NIC who took advantage of NIC’s study abroad opportunities, which opened her eyes to new opportunities and changed her plans for the future. Through the support of NIC’s Office of Global Engagement, she spent a semester studying in Paris. Going abroad gave her a new perspective on her own culture and changed her goals for the remainder of her time at post-secondary.

“…participating in an exchange has changed my plans completely because I realized that it was possible to both pursue an education and see the world without being born wealthy. I would like to spend some more time taking courses at North Island College while applying to universities abroad, with the end goal of completing my degree in economics at a public university within the European Union. Having the college here to support me and help me with these decisions has made it a smooth process since the staff are very encouraging and happy to help students with their questions and concerns.”

Partner with Business and Community


NIC believes the key to our students’ success is our connections to our community, including local businesses, industry and organizations.

We work with local industry to develop responsive training programs that meet the needs of our local employers, such as aquaculture training, wildfire training and our newly revamped Metal Fabrication Foundation and new apprenticeship programs.

We also work with communities throughout our region on in-community programing and training opportunities. These projects have significant impacts on the community by allowing students to train in their home community. These offerings range from early childhood care and education training, carpentry, trades samplers, first aid and health and human services training.

NIC recognizes the importance of close working relationships with the local business sector. Our partnerships with the Comox Valley and Campbell River Chambers of Commerce provide mentorship opportunities for our business students. Our work integrated learning team builds connections to match our students with employers for co-op and internship opportunities and our CareerCentral job board provides a one-stop-shop for employers, students and NIC alumni to network, access resources and find employment.

Support Indigenous Students

NIC is honoured to acknowledge the traditional territories of the combined 35 First Nations of the Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish traditions, on whose traditional and unceded territories it is situated.

NIC works closely with Regional Aboriginal Advisory Committees and the Indigenous Education Council to develop programs and courses informed by Indigenous ways of knowing and being and Indigenous language courses such as Kwak’wala, Nuu-chah-nulth and the development of a new Indigenous Language Fluency certificate. NIC also offers land-based learning through its Awi’nakola program and the Aboriginal Leadership certificate.

NIC also works with local First Nations leaders to incorporate Indigenous ways of knowing and being into teaching and learning in a variety of programs and courses including English, First Nations studies, early childhood care and education, human services, health, coastal forestry and metal jewellery design.

Services and supports for Indigenous students include Aboriginal student lounges, available at each NIC campus, Aboriginal educational advisors and Elders in Residence to provide guidance and support for Indigenous students.

NIC also offers the Aboriginal Scholars program – is a culturally relevant, holistic program, based on the concept of the medicine wheel, which aims to help students find balance in all aspects of their lives.

Programs & Services of Interest

Date modified: 2020-03-30