BUILD 2026

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Welcome

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.


Our mission is to build healthy and resilient communities, one student at a time.

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 the past 46 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, including 35 First Nations of the Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish traditions. We are proud to be entrusted to 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.

Our strategy will adapt with those goals and 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 adding new skills, international 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 the way we deliver them. 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?

Welcome

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.


Our mission is to build healthy and resilient communities, one student at a time.

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 the past 46 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, including 35 First Nations of the Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish traditions. We are proud to be entrusted to 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.

Our strategy will adapt with those goals and 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 adding new skills, international 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 the way we deliver them. 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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    Online learning makes education accessible to more women

    by Bexy, 22 days ago
    There is a childcare crisis in BC and before online classes were offered through an unscheduled format, my options for attending college was limited due to lack of childcare. The move to online learning, although it is harder for me, has opened many options for education and I am grateful for that.

    It's wonderful to see NIC moving towards lofty goals and with Dr. Lisa Domae as a leader, I trust that the next few years at NIC will see wonderful things.

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    Online access has been helpful for me

    by Bexy, 22 days ago

    I miss the in class experience but having access to online classes has made education accessible for me. I don't have childcare for my studies and there is none available in Port Alberni, so having unscheduled classes has been a big help.

    I'm happy to see the strategic plan quantifying data and making decisions based on the results. Also very glad that Dr. Domae got the job, it's wonderful that NIC has such a strong President now.


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