North Island College

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North Island College
TypePublic Post Secondary Community College
PresidentJohn Bowman
Administrative staff
400 +
Students4,093 students in credit courses and 4,493 short duration courses
LocationCourtenay, Campbell River, Port Alberni and Port Hardy, British Columbia, Canada
CampusComox Valley, Campbell River, Port Alberni, Port Hardy
ColoursBlue     & gold     ;
AffiliationsCICan, BC Colleges
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North Island College (NIC) is a community college located primarily on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. NIC facilities include four campuses and three centres serving a population of 157,000 and a geographic region of 80,000 square kilometers.[2]

The largest campus is in the Comox Valley, at 2300 Ryan Road in Courtenay, but there are also campuses in Campbell River, Port Alberni and Port Hardy. A centre is also located in Ucluelet and there are two vocational centres: Tebo Vocational Centre in Port Alberni and Vigar Road Vocational Centre in Campbell River.[3]

North Island College was established in 1975 and employs approximately 400 people.


North Island College offers over 1,000 courses and 80 programs in health care, trades, business, fine arts, tourism, and university studies leading to degrees, diplomas and certificates. North Island College offers three Bachelor of Business Administration degrees, with majors in Marketing, Accounting, or General Management. It also offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, in partnership with Vancouver Island University (VIU)).

Scholarships & Bursaries[edit]

The NIC Foundation has been advancing student success, education and community growth through NIC for more than 25 years. It is dedicated to supporting NIC students through scholarships and bursaries, equipping classrooms with current technology and ensuring the best possible learning facilities are accessible on the North Island. It envisions a future where every student has the opportunity to pursue a post-secondary education, train for a new career or develop employable skills to support themselves and their families. In 2017, more than $290,000 in scholarships and bursaries were available to students, through the generosity of donors.


North Island College was established in 1975. With a small and dispersed population to serve in coastal towns and villages, North Island College initially opted for a distance education model with outreach operations that took the college to the people. Delivery methods, in an era before cable and satellite television, as well as before internet communications, included mobile units and a short-lived experiment with a 160 ft ex-whale catcher ship, the Samarinda. The college earned a well-deserved reputation as a leader in open learning.

In 1990, the process of building physical campuses to serve the regions began. The Comox Valley campus opened in 1992, followed by Port Alberni’s campus in 1995 and the Campbell River campus in 1997.

In 2004, North Island College offered its first undergraduate degree in Nursing in collaboration with VIU, which was soon followed by a degree in Liberal Studies, also with VIU, and a Fine Arts degree, in collaboration with ECU. In 2006, North Island College was granted approval to offer its own degree – the Bachelor of Business Administration, with an Accounting major – the first rural college in the province to be given that approval.[4]


Comox Valley[edit]

The Comox Valley campus is located at 2300 Ryan Road, Courtenay, BC and is composed of six main buildings and a number of smaller portable classrooms. Discovery Hall contains the library, registration, student services, staff offices and classrooms. Raven Hall contains classrooms, science labs, and photography classes, while the neighboring Shadbolt Studio contains large rooms suitable for art instruction. Puntledge Hall contains classrooms and offices for Early Childhood Care and Education, Nursing, and Co-Operative Education. Raven Hall, Discovery Hall and Puntledge Hall are connected by a raised skyway.

The Trades Training Centre, which opened in 2011, provides state-of-the-art facilities for trades instruction. It is the region's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold registered building, offering features such as 28 solar panels, daylight sensors to dim unnecessary lighting, features to improve indoor air quality, and more.

Komoux Hall, located at the far west of the campus, contains administration offices and the Stan Hagen Theatre. Tyee Hall contains the college bookstore, the cafeteria, classrooms and two computer labs. The campus also has several portable ATCO trailers that are collectively known as ‘The Village Complex’.[5]

Campbell River[edit]

There are two NIC facilities in Campbell River: the Campbell River campus and the Vigar Vocational Centre.

The Campbell River campus is shared with a high school, Timberline Secondary School – the only shared college/high school facility in Canada. The campus offers programming in Trades, Business Administration, Adult Basic Education, University Transfer, and Tourism and Hospitality.

The Vigar Vocational Centre is devoted entirely to Trades Training, such as Aircraft Structures Technician, Heavy Duty and Commercial Transport Mechanics and more.

Port Alberni[edit]

There are two NIC facilities in Port Alberni: the Port Alberni campus and the Tebo Vocational centre.

Port Alberni campus is composed of one main building, where students can attend classes in Nursing, Early Childhood Care and Education, University Transfer and more. The Port Alberni campus also contains a bookstore and library.

The Tebo Vocational centre is devoted to trades training, and provides training for Automotive Technician, Carpentry Foundation, Joinery/Cabinetmaking, Welding and other vocations.

Port Hardy[edit]

The Mount Waddington Regional campus, located in Port Hardy, offers programming in University Transfer, Health Care, Business, Adult Basic Education, and more. The building contains a library, student services, and classrooms.


North Island College offers an educational facility in Ucluelet. This centre provides classrooms and access to Health Care, Business, Adult Basic Education and University Transfer programming.

Students and Faculty[edit]

In 2010/2011, 11,200 students (headcount) completed courses and/or programs at the following locations:

  • Comox Valley Campus – 4,294
  • Campbell River Campus – 2,991
  • Port Alberni Campus – 2,077
  • Mount Waddington Regional Campus – 1,097
  • College Centres – 741

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