Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology | Merritt, B.C. | Founded 1983

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Campus

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT), founded by five First Nations bands, focuses on learning that is grounded in Indigenous culture, tradition and knowledge. Nearly 90 per cent of students are Indigenous, and the school is fully governed by members of the First Nations community. An Elders’ council, with 20 members between the two campuses, provides support and guidance for approximately 1,400 students.

NVIT offers a variety of career-training programs in business, health, environmental studies, education, trades, justice studies and human services, and it integrates an Indigenous perspective into much of its programming. 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. Student housing is offered at the Merritt campus and features individual units and multi-bedroom suites.

NVIT’s Centre of Excellence in Sustainability building, which is only a year old, features lab space, solar and geo-exchange technologies, a culinary arts teaching kitchen, a greenhouse and a gymnasium for large campus events.

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, millwright, 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

Cool Options

  • Culinary Arts: Upon entering this program, students are registered as Professional Cook 1 apprentices. They gain technical training while accruing apprentice hours.
  • Bachelor of Social Work: This program emphasizes the knowledge and skills relevant to working with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals, families and communities. Elders are a valued part of the program.
  • Chemical Addictions Worker: This program provides the core skills required for First Nations wellness and addictions workers, and it includes Indigenous-specific content.

Popular Programs

  • Environmental Resources Technology
  • Health Care Assistant
  • General Arts
  • Administrative Studies
  • Bachelor of Social Work

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