North Island College

At North Island College, students and the communities we serve are at the core of what we do. Located on Vancouver Island, NIC began in 1975, serving the educational needs of students on Vancouver Island and the central BC Coast. The college’s mission, to work together to build healthy and thriving communities, one student at a time, is driven by its dedication to serving student and community needs.

With campuses on the traditional and unceded territories of the combined 35 First Nations of the Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish traditions, NIC campuses are located in Port Alberni and Ucluelet (home to a regional learning centre), Campbell River, Port Hardy, and the Comox Valley. It also proudly serves an increasing number of stud¬¬ents from across BC and around the world.

Very few colleges across BC offer the same range or depth of programming as NIC. In addition to highly skilled nurses, trades professionals, and business professionals, NIC provides graduates in more than 120 community-responsive programs from healthcare to digital design, Indigenous languages, to upgrading, and early childhood care and education. It also provides customized in-community and contract training, innovative applied research and work-integrated learning opportunities that connect students and communities throughout the region. Learn more about programs, courses and locations in the NIC 2021/2022 Viewbook and accompanying video.

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

NIC’s ambitious vision to deliver BC’s best individualized education and training experience by 2026 is further defined in the BUILD 2026 strategic plan and Working Together, the first Indigenization Plan in NIC history.

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 has four main campuses in Campbell River, the Comox Valley, Port Alberni and Port Hardy, along with a regional learning centre in Ucluelet.

  • The BC Student Outcomes Survey reports 92% of NIC graduates say they were very satisfied or satisfied with their education.

  • NIC recently announced construction of its first on-campus Student Housing Commons, which will be built on the Comox Valley campus and is anticipated to be open for students in Fall 2024.

  • The Campbell River campus recently completed a $18 million renovation to better support students in modern facilities. A new Gathering Place was completed in 2022.

Our programs include:

  • University Studies, including engineering, criminology, computer information systems, languages and exclusive transfer partnership agreements with VIU, UVic, UBC, SFU and more.
  • Trades, more than 50 foundation and apprenticeship training programs in construction, resource, transportation, TV and Film, culinary and more. Many of these are ITA funded
  • Health, including the nationally recognized Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, offered in partnership with VIU
  • DIGITAL Design + Development, certificate, diploma and post-degree credentials in web programming, mobile app development and communication design
  • Indigenous Studies with Indigenous Language Fluency certificate, land-based learning, leadership programs and languages 
  • Human Services, including early childhood care and education
  • Business, with certificate, diploma, degree and post-degree programs
  • Fine Art, including a Fine Arts diploma and transfer agreements to Alberta University of the Arts and Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Our research specialization:

NIC’s Centre for Applied Research, Technology and Innovation (CARTI) connects NIC employees 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.

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


North Island College standard Viewbook  North Island College International Viewbook


2300 Ryan Road
Courtenay, BC
V9N 8N6

Toll Free: 800-715-0914

Facebook logo  YouTube logo  Instagram logo  LinkedIn logo  Twitter logo