Northwest Community College: Maclean's College Profile

Northwest Community College

Northwest Community College | Terrace, B.C. | Founded 1975


Northwest Community College

Northwest Community College (NWCC), set near the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia’s beautiful northwest, offers a wide range of certificates, diplomas, associate degrees, trades and apprenticeships, and upgrading programs. Areas of study include environmental management, business and finance, computer studies, exploration and mining, and a unique First Nations fine arts program.

With strong ties to local First Nations, NWCC emphasizes Aboriginal programming and research tailored to the needs of the communities. NWCC’s student body is made up of approximately 40 per cent self-identified Aboriginal students.

NWCC has nine regional campuses in Hazelton, Houston, Kay Llnagaay (Skidegate), Kitimat, Queen Charlotte, Masset, Smithers, Prince Rupert, and Terrace. The main Terrace campus has apartment-style student residences.

NWCC’s First Nations fine arts program is the only one of its kind in Canada, focusing on the northern style of West Coast First Nations art. It offers accredited courses recognized by the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. NWCC also offers unique summer-intensive field school programs, where students learn outdoors and focus on themes including climate change, ecology, and industrial development. Program content often has a First Nations cultural perspective via the guidance of local elders.

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