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?

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Thank you for your question.  Please ask us any questions related to NIC, or how we can support your learning needs.

A response will be provided as soon as we can.  If you would like your question to remain private, please ask for a private response.  

You may also email your question to engage@nic.bc.ca directly at any time.   

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    How can I make suggestions to improve BUILD 20-26?

    barry asked 4 months ago

    Hi Barry,

    Feel free to email engage@nic.bc.ca with any questions or comments.  Your email will be seen by President's Office employees, including myself (Christiana) and President Lisa Domae, and other members of the Engagement Team.

    Thank you!

    Christiana Wiens

    Planning and Communication Officer
    President's Office, NIC

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    where does NIC address the Climate Emergency in this plan?

    Angela asked 5 months ago

    Hi Angela, 

    Thank you for your question. Section 8 (Environment) addresses the research and educational aspects of addressing climate change. A couple of other people – students and employees – have called for NIC to adopt the United Nations Sustainable Development goals, or the https://stars.aashe.org/ standards and goals. There is a lot of work ahead of us in this area, and we will need to consider the right measures and benchmarks for our five-year plan. 

    If you have any further questions, please reach out.

    Christiana


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    Hello! I have a number of questions and points regarding the BUILD 2026 Strategic Plan. Teaching and Learning Strategy - plan to implement student learning experience survey ■ What could this look like? For example, is this an online or paper form? Is it distributed by the course instructor? Would the form be anonymized? ■ Who would be in charge of monitoring and recording such details, and which classes will be targeted for feedback, if not all? ■ How is the College looking to other institutions for their approach? For example, I have been in discussion with students in various other island, province, and national institutions who have found great success and normalcy in receiving a “student learning experience survey.” Therefore, it would be interesting to understand how the College is researching and comparing their potential approach to other institutions.

    Braden Majic asked 5 months ago

    Hi Braden,

    These are exactly the kinds of questions that will need to be answered as the survey is being developed.  Although we don’t have all of the answers given that we are still at an early consultation stage with Build 2026, we do know that, first and foremost, the details of the survey’s design and implementation will be guided by the objectives in NIC’s teaching and learning strategy, including teaching excellence. As with all NIC student surveys, all efforts to ensure anonymity will be in place and all data will be handled confidentially and securely.  A student experience survey is a unique and valuable opportunity to hear what students have to say and we look forward to starting a dialogue, as part of Build 2026, that will enable NIC to better support students’ learning needs and experiences.

    Engagement Team (Christiana)

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    Hello, I am quite curious about the expansion, consolidation, and needs of NIC's campuses, centres, and physical spaces. ● 2.4 Campuses and Centres - (p. 13 / 15) ○ Master planning ■ Is there a foreseeable need or desire to expand offerings to the west coast of Vancouver Island? For example, the Ucluelet Centre is mentioned infrequently within BUILD 2026; however, there are consolidation plans for the vocational centre and main campus in PA. ■ Is there a need at the Ucluelet Centre, which is NIC’s smallest space, to expand offerings? What do the faculty and staff members think? What do community input surveys suggest?

    Braden Majic asked 5 months ago

    Hi Braden,

    Thank you for your input. NIC is committed to supporting students on the west coast to access post-secondary programming.  The Campuses and Centres section (2.4, pg. 13-15) in Version 3 (published April 28) has been edited to be more inclusive. 

    Prior to the onset of the pandemic, we worked in partnership with Tla-o-qui-aht and Ahousaht First Nations as well as the District of Tofino to offer Education Assistance and Early Childhood Care and Education programming as well as upgrading courses. As soon as we are safe to do so, we plan to work once again with west coast First Nations and community partners to offer onsite cohort programming.

    NIC President Lisa Domae is meeting with members of the West Coast to hear more about how the College can support the learning needs of the region. We also hope that all students, employees, and community members from the region will share their thoughts in this forum (engage.nic.bc.ca).

    Engagement Team (Christiana)

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    With regard to CTO title and position name changes, I think its more important what senior management do and how they do it. Thank you for leading us towards a strong engaged community. Thank you for putting people first!

    Jane Burch asked 5 months ago

    This question was raised at a College Conversation meeting with NIC employees, where it was suggested Lisa Domae, change her title from President and CEO to President and Chief Transformation Officer, or CTO,  to reflect a movement that has happened in the business world for a number of years.  

    Thank you, Jane!   We love your use of engage.nic.bc.ca to provide feedback.

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    In trying to answer the poll regarding the mission statement an alternative came to me that I just wanted to put out there. "North Island College: Building healthy and resilient communities, one student at a time". This statement both does and doesn't include "island" and really resonates in my opinion. Just my two cents :)

    Lindsay asked 5 months ago

    Thank you, Lindsay!  Much appreciated. 

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    North Island College is situated in one of the most beautiful regions in the world. Addressing climate and environmental responsibilities is integral. ● 8.1 Climate and Sustainability - (p. 27 / 29) ○ “Combat climate change through education and research,” but what about action? ■ There is no mention about reviewing the College’s waste management, recycling programs, or conservation of energy use. Further, such statistics were not mentioned in the “Environmental Survey.” ■ How can this be incorporated into the “Yard” of NIC? How does NIC picture themselves being a leader and leading by example through environmental best practices?

    Braden Majic asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question, Braden.  Your question around the operational aspects of NIC's environmental footprint has also been raised by others. Several have suggested following the  https://stars.aashe.org/  or the United Nations Sustainability Goals in the five-year plan. We are weighing their feasibility as we work to find the right measure.

    While there is much more to do, we are already taking some small steps to move in the right direction. Each year, we receive funding that helps move NIC towards carbon neutrality. This includes electric vehicle recharging stations, modified heating and cooling systems to reduce consumption, as well as energy-efficient lighting and equipment.  

    One of the high-level goals for NIC’s proposed student housing project is to “Promote Stewardship of the Natural Environment.” There are a number of ways we are planning to do that:

    • Meeting Energy Step 4 requirements, which will make it 40% more efficient in terms of energy consumption,
    • The primary energy source will be from the electric grid or on-site renewable systems (e.g. solar).  Non-renewable energy sources will not be used.
    • Trees that need to be removed to make way for the project will be replaced on a 1:1.5 ratio.
    • The buildings will be designed for passive and active energy savings including construction, siting, massing, orientation, daylighting, solar shading, and energy recovery systems.
    • Minimizing water consumption through low-flow fixtures and the use of greywater for landscape irrigation.


    If you have other metrics or measures in mind, we would be happy to consider them.




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    Student services in all forms are an integral part of the College community. Where does NIC see these services being in five years time? ● 3.2 Learning and Services - (p. 15 / 17) ○ This section excellently examines “flexible learning and service options” yet, it does not address the learning services outside of the classroom. For example, the services provided by computer labs, the Library and Learning Commons, student commons, student life, book stores, and events should be assessed and addressed within this section (or in a “3.4” section). ■ It is arguable that these aforementioned services are crucial in providing doorways to students. How can these opportunities be made more widely available, accessible, and encouraged for all students? ■ Data from the NIC LLC regarding use of services would be extremely valuable to examine. Can this be achieved or strived for within BUILD 2026?

    Braden Majic asked 5 months ago

    Hi Braden,

    This is an excellent point, thank you for raising it. The availability of flexible learning services, as well as flexible learning, are key to students' ability to successfully complete their program. The next version of the plan (version 3), will include an extra row in section 3.2 to include a digital learning services strategy, to measure the access to digital learning services.

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