Surrounded by British Columbia’s beautiful West Coast, North Island College (NIC) offers about 80 programs leading to associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates, as well as apprenticeship training, continuing education, and academic upgrading. Program areas include university transfer pathways, fine arts, business, tourism, health care, and applied business technology. NIC’s largest campus is in the Comox Valley, with additional campuses in Campbell River, Port Alberni, Port Hardy, and a learning centre in Ucluelet. NIC also offers distance-learning options.
In 2011, NIC opened the Trades Training Centre at the Comox Valley campus. This $8.2-million, 2,700-sq.-m facility, partly run on solar power, provides state-of-the-art space for trades training. It is home to NIC’s carpentry and plumbing programs.
The heart of applied research at NIC is the Centre for Applied Research, Technology, and Innovation. Ongoing projects include developing new techniques in sustainable aquaculture, remote online science and technology labs, a series of studies in how to improve nursing education, and FEED Comox Valley, which aims to increase the supply of local food to public institutions.