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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".

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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

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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

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

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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...

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

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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…

NEC Holiday Hours Native Education College will be closed from December 19, 2014 at 11:00am to January 2, 2015. Classes start on January 5. Happy Holidays from us to you Posted on: December 18, 2014 | Read more
NEC Open House Honour Yourself with Education Join us at Native Education College for our Open House on February 5, 2015 from 9am to 6pm. We will discuss the following topics throughout the day. The Story of First... Posted on: December 11, 2014 | Read more
E.I. Passport to Trades Native Education College, First Nations Employment Society and the Government of Canada are joining together to offer a program called "E.I. Passport to the Trades. This programs activities... Posted on: December 02, 2014 | 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