Building NIC Together

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BUILD 2026 is North Island College’s commitment to ensure students are at the centre of everything we do. It is our promise to support the unique people and communities of Vancouver Island and the Central Coast through individualized learning.

More than 1,500 community members shared their educational priorities during our strategic planning consultations before the pandemic. Since then, COVID-19 and the rapid expansion of digital learning have eliminated some geographic barriers for some students while raising new obstacles for many others. Economies are continuing to shift and students and communities have not been affected equally.

We need to know, how

BUILD 2026 is North Island College’s commitment to ensure students are at the centre of everything we do. It is our promise to support the unique people and communities of Vancouver Island and the Central Coast through individualized learning.

More than 1,500 community members shared their educational priorities during our strategic planning consultations before the pandemic. Since then, COVID-19 and the rapid expansion of digital learning have eliminated some geographic barriers for some students while raising new obstacles for many others. Economies are continuing to shift and students and communities have not been affected equally.

We need to know, how has the pandemic changed your learning needs? What programs, services, or supports do you, and your community, need to thrive? Please map your feedback, sign the guestbook or use the tools below to share your voice.

Throughout BUILD 2026, you will see many references to college and community. And, while these words are at the heart of who we are and what we do, their definitions have never been more complex.

For nearly 50 years, our overarching mandate has been to serve the educational needs of adults from Bamfield on Vancouver Island’s West Coast to Bella Coola on the BC Central Coast. We continue to proudly serve the region’s people and communities, whose rich cultures, demographics, economies and educational goals are defined by more than geography. Together, we are constantly changing.

We are honoured to live and learn on the territories of 35 First Nations of the Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish traditions. We are committed to Indigenous-led programs and services and we acknowledge education’s important role in reconciliation. We pledge to continuously learn as we work to support diverse learning needs across the region together.

Our strategy will adapt to place the individual learning needs of people at its core. It will include students who are the first in their family to attend college, workers who are reshaping their careers, high school graduates and non-graduates, university students learning new skills, international students, Indigenous students, and many others who rely on education to realize their goals and dreams.

The students and communities we serve have always driven our program development, services, and delivery. Though we are comparatively small, very few colleges across BC offer the same range or depth of programming as NIC.

BUILD 2026 is our commitment to keep listening, and responding with educational programs, services and delivery methods that meet students and communities where they are now and where they want to be in the future.

Our vision is to deliver BC’s best individualized education and training experience for students.

We need to know, what do you need from NIC now and in future years? How can we deliver on this vision for you?

How has the pandemic changed your learning needs?

What programs, services, or supports do you, and your community, need to thrive?

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Cautiously excited for fresh leadership. Looking forward to see how NIC's services and offerings will improve to enhance student success from application, retention, and completion.

rylee.latrace 5 months ago
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I believe that NIC has a golden opportunity to embrace online learning solutions like never before. We should focus on expanding digital solutions across all regions and provide additional training to all employees interested in this focus.

Julian 5 months ago
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With so much uncertainty in the world today, it feels wonderfully reassuring to have Dr. Lisa Domae as our new President who recognizes the importance of work-integrated learning and has a student-centred, community-connected vision for NIC.

Anita Budisa-Bonneau 5 months ago
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I need access to childcare in order to continue my studies and that can be a real challenge. I hope that Port Alberni will eventually have on site childcare.

Bexy 5 months ago
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Page last updated: 17 September 2021, 18:03