The Nicola Valley Institute of Technology focuses on learning from an Aboriginal perspective. It is fully governed by members of the Aboriginal community, and has two campuses, in Merritt, B.C. and Vancouver. An elders’ council, with 18 members between the two campuses, provides support and guidance for approximately 1,400 students. It offers a variety of career training programs in business, health, and human services, integrating an Aboriginal perspective into much of its courses. It also offers an Aboriginal-centred bachelor of social work, the only program of its kind in the province.
Nicola Valley has two new travelling training centres, designed to bring 12-week trades training courses to rural communities. The centres are fully equipped to provide electrical, welding, millwright, and piping/plumbing training.
Distance learning options are available for students who wish to remain in their communities. The institute offers many certificate and diploma programs with an Aboriginal theme, such as Aboriginal Community Economic Development and Aboriginal Human Services. In addition, Nicola Valley offers university transfer programs and academic upgrading. Student housing for single students and families is available at the Merritt campus.