Tucked away in the coastal mountains of British Columbia near the Great Bear Rainforest, Coast Mountain College provides its communities with innovative programs and experiential, place-based education. Formerly known as Northwest Community College, the school has campuses in Hazelton, Masset, Prince Rupert, Smithers and Terrace.
With strong ties to the local First Nations communities, Coast Mountain emphasizes Indigenous programming; the college’s student body is made up of 56 per cent self-identified Indigenous students. The First Nations fine arts program at Coast Mountain is the only one of its kind in Canada. Artists focus on the northern style of West Coast First Nations art.
Intensive spring and summer field schools condense a full semester into a few weeks. One field school session explores criminal justice: students work alongside members of the RCMP as they investigate a crime using forensic studies and participate in a court-based mock trial. Another, Icefields to Oceans, sees students examine the geography of northern B.C. and Alaska, in part through a 12- to 14-day field trip to mines and glaciers.
Coast Mountain offers a range of certificates, diplomas, associate degrees, trades, apprenticeships and upgrading programs.
Last fall, the school announced a $19-million project to build two new 54-bed student housing complexes at the school’s Terrace campus. The buildings are expected to open to students in 2021. A $4-million renovation of the school’s library also began in 2020. The new space will include learning areas, workshop spaces and a reading area designated for student parents to care for their children.
|Size of school||Tuition (degree)||Tuition (post-grad)||Residence offerings|
|Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students)||$3,212-$8,616||$2,900||Yes|
- Applied Coastal Ecology: This program combines biology, chemistry and geography with practical skills in salmon management, stream habitat restoration and rainforest ecology.
- First Nations Fine Art: The Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art offers programs that focus on the traditional art of the First Nations of the Pacific’s northwestern coast.
- Field Schools: These programs combine a full semester’s worth of learning into a few weeks. Past options have included studies of icefields and watershed ecosystems.
- Career and College Preparation
- Trades Training
- University Credit
- Business Administration
- Health Care