The cedar post and beam longhouse structure stands rooted in history with the tall carved cedar pole facing east named "The Place Where the People Gather".

I volunteered at the NEC as a teenager in the 1980s. Now I have been employed here for three years and really enjoy working with the students. - Misty Paul, NEC Admissions Department

As a new student at the NEC, you quickly make some lifelong friends. I never expected to become the Chief of Student Council, but I like the responsibility and challenges that the role brings to me. - Geronimo Alec

There is a strong and visible presence of Aboriginal culture throughout the NEC Native Education College's longhouse campus.

In the Health Care Assistant Program, students acquire the necessary knowledge required for practice outlined in the BC Provincial Health Care Assistant Curriculum within a culturally supportive classroom and laboratory...

Students in the Northwest Coast Jewellery Arts Program learn the techniques of formline drawing as well as cultural protocols before producing a jewellery piece.

The fireplace is the centre piece of the lobby and main entrance of the NEC longhouse campus. The fireplace lounge is the ideal place for studying, warming-up on a cold day or enjoying a relaxing lunch.

Welcome to the

NEC Native Education College

We are BC's largest private Aboriginal College. We provide a supportive setting for adults to flourish and connect with Aboriginal culture.

NEC offers programs leading to the BC Adult Graduation Diploma and college certificates and diplomas that provide access to employment or further post-secondary education.

The doors to our Longhouse are always open to support you by providing funding information, counselling, education and hands-on job experience.

The latest news from NEC…

Begin your Health Care Career this September! There is still room in our Health Care Assistant Program beginning in September! Our First Nations emphasis on Health Care is both unique and needed as the demand for skilled Aboriginal... Posted on: August 06, 2015 | Read more
Tourism Program Start Date Extended to September 8 In our Aboriginal Tourism Operations program you get to explore Museum of Anthropology, Museum of Vancouver, Musqueam Cultural Centre and Gallery, Takaya Tours Inc.,... Posted on: August 05, 2015 | Read more
NEC Health Care Assistant Program Granted Five-Year Status The Health Care Assistant Program delivered by NEC Native Education College has been granted a full, five-year recognition status by the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker... Posted on: June 24, 2015 | Read more

NEC Programs

NEC provides a variety of programs for the Aboriginal learner. Whether you're interested in business, trades, the arts, or a career in a variety of sectors, NEC has a program that will help you start your journey. Read More