Tucked away in the coastal mountains of British Columbia, near the Great Bear Rainforest, Coast Mountain College provides its communities with innovative programs and experiential, place-based education. Formerly known as Northwest Community College, the school has seven regional campuses in Hazelton, Masset, Queen Charlotte, Prince Rupert, Smithers and Terrace.
With strong ties to the local First Nations communities, Coast Mountain emphasizes Indigenous programming with a student body made up of 56 per cent self-identified Indigenous students. The First Nations fine arts program at Coast Mountain is the only one of its kind in Canada where artists focus on the northern style of West Coast First Nations art. Intensive summer field school programs condense a full semester of learning into a few weeks. Among the field schools offered are one that focuses on criminal justice, where students work alongside members of the RCMP as they investigate a crime, and one called “Icefields to Oceans,” where students examine the geography of northern B.C. and Alaska.
Coast Mountain offers a wide range of certificates, diplomas, associate degrees, trades and apprenticeships, and upgrading programs. Areas of study include environmental management, computer studies, exploration and mining. Adventurous students can also take advantage of international partnerships to study abroad.
|Size of school||Tuition (diploma)||Tuition (certificate)||Tuition (post-grad)||Residence offerings|
|Small (fewer than 2,000 full-time students)||$3,100-$9,500||$2,550–$9,500||$2,790-$3,323||Yes|
• Applied Coastal Ecology: The program combines biology, chemistry and geography with practical lessons in salmon management, stream habitat restoration and rainforest ecology. Students participate in community-based projects to gain employment-ready experience.
• Business Post-Degree Diploma: Aimed at students planning to manage or open a business, it teaches the skills needed to deliver a product or service based on their undergraduate education. The two-year program prepares students for life as an entrepreneur.
• Career and College Preparation
• Health and Human Services
• University Transfer