Native Education College: Maclean's College Profile

Native Education College

Native Education College | Vancouver | Founded 1979


Native Education College Campus

Native Education College (NEC) is the largest private Aboriginal college in B.C. Its slogan is “Your journey home,” and its mandate is to honour Aboriginal students’ cultural perspective. Modelled in form and function after a traditional cedar longhouse, its unique campus in Vancouver features small class sizes and a full range of support services.

NEC offers direct career-track programming as well as pathways to bachelors’ degrees at Simon Fraser University, Capilano University, Royal Roads University, Douglas College, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, University of British Columbia, and Emily Carr University. Diplomas and certificates include adult basic education, community service (community counselling, youth education, justice studies, and early childhood), Aboriginal business (tourism and office administration), and health care (assistant program, and pathways to health careers).

A unique program offered by NEC is Northwest Coast jewellery arts. Students in this program build on traditional Northwest Coast Aboriginal formline drawing to master silver carving. Students learn studio management while producing earrings, bracelets, and pendants. Another unique program is Aboriginal tourism operations, focused on opportunities in the rapidly expanding Aboriginal tourism sector.

Fall full-time enrolment Tuition (f/t diploma) Tuition (f/t certificate)
209 $2,700-$5,950 $4,900-$7,700

100 words from the president

NEC is BC’s largest private Aboriginal College, but also a small unique First Nations cultural setting like none other. Our supportive environment allows learners to flourish and connect with their culture. Where universities can be difficult and impersonal places to navigate, our staff provides the kind of hands-on assistance the larger institutions cannot match. And we’re a perfect place for learners to ready themselves for University. With our special programs like elders-in-residence for help and guidance, wellness programs in sports and the arts, easily accessible counselling and literacy assistance, NEC is a special place. Come join us in the Longhouse.

-President Dan Guinan

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