Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT), founded by five First Nations, focuses on learning that is based on Indigenous culture, tradition and knowledge. Nearly 80 per cent of students are Indigenous, and the school is fully governed by members of the First Nations community. An Elders’ council provides support and guidance for approximately 1,400 students. This year, the school announced an immediate entrance bursary covering one year of tuition for all Indigenous Grade 12 graduates in B.C.
NVIT offers career-training programs in business, health, environmental studies, education, trades, justice studies and human services. An Indigenous-centred bachelor of social work is the only program of its kind in the province.
The school has two campuses, in Merritt and Vancouver. Its Centre of Excellence in Sustainability building, opened in 2018, features lab space, solar and geo-exchange technologies, a culinary arts teaching kitchen, a greenhouse and a gymnasium for large campus events. The school’s new 182-seat amphitheatre opened in 2020 and will be used for classes, speaker series, performances and community bookings.
Distance learning options are available for students who wish to stay in their communities. Two travelling trades-training centres—fully equipped for electrical work, welding, millwrights, and piping and plumbing—bring 12-week trades courses to rural locations.
|Size of school||Tuition (degree)||Tuition (diploma)||Tuition (certificate)||Residence offerings|
|Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students)||$3,051-$4,177||$3,051||$3,051||Yes|
- Renewable Energies Technology: Students get a foundation in the science, design and installation techniques required to work with renewable energy solutions.
- Indigenous Human Services: This diploma program offers a workplace practicum and the ability to ladder into the school’s social work degree program.
- Community and Public Safety: This certificate program has been revised to move away from a policing focus and instead trains students for work in corrections, border services, the SPCA and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
- Environmental Resources Technology
- Access to Practical Nursing
- Health-Care Assistant
- Indigenous Human Services
- Bachelor of Social Work