NIC Education Assistant Program Now In Port Hardy

A new Education Assistant program this January is putting students and communities first on Vancouver Island. NIC’s part-time Education Assistant / Community Support Indigenous Focus certificate usually runs on the central Island community of Port Alberni. This winter, however, the program travels north to Port Hardy.

NIC’s in community education model, which tailors programs to communities needs across central and northern Vancouver Island and as far north as Bella Coola, is shifting traditional education models. It gives NIC students in rural communities the ability to live, work and stay connected to their families while they learn relevant skills. The Education Assistant program is an example of NIC’s students-first philosophy, a framework that builds relationships, empowers communities and makes education possible across the North Island – one student, one program and one community at a time. The program weaves Aboriginal ways of knowing and being throughout the curriculum. Students are better prepared to support First Nations culture and curriculum in a region with five First Nations operated schools and a school district where 41 per cent of students are of Aboriginal ancestry. Read more.