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April 6, 2016

Nominate an NEC Graduate to Recieve an Award

Background The NEC Native Education College began in the 1960’s as a project of the federal ministry of Indian affairs and became an indigenous controlled private college in 1979. In 1985 the NEC longhouse opened in Mount Pleasant and the college has become a key institution for launching the careers of Indigenous learners throughout BC.… 

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March 9, 2016

Post-HCA Acute Care Certificate Program

NEC Native Education College is now accepting applications for the Post – Health Care Assistant Acute Care Certificate Program. By taking this program, it can open the door to employment opportunities working with Acute Care clients. Program details: Part-time classes Classes begin April 15th – June 4th 10 – 15 hours per week (100 hours in-class… 

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December 30, 2015

NEC-SFU Native Basketball Festival, May 2016

NEC-SFU Native Basketball Festival, May 20-22, 2016 - With a commitment to creating unique and memorable experiences, NEC and SFU are teaming up to create our most exciting event to date—the Native Basketball Festival.

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December 7, 2015

Introducing a New Program — Justice and Public Safety Certificate

In January 2016, a new applied program offered in partnership between the Justice Institute of British Columbia and Native Education College will begin! Start along your path on your journey to becoming a first responder!

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December 4, 2015

Call for Participants! NEC & grunt gallery Community Mural Project

Past and Presence An exciting mural project partnership between grunt gallery and NEC! CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS! Wednesday, December 9, 2015 4:00 – 6:00 PM NEC Longhouse (285 E 5th Ave) The Native Education College (NEC) and grunt gallery are partnering with Vancouver-based First Nations artists Corey Bulpitt, Sharifah Marsden and Jerry Whitehead to create a… 

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November 25, 2015

Nighthawks Basketball Leadership Initiative

A unique scholarship opportunity will help students gain invaluable skills to make an impact as a coach and a leader in sports and physical activity.

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November 23, 2015

Come get into shape! (Open to students, alumni, and staff)

Come workout, get energized and learn body mechanics in 30-minute classes. FREE! Workout sessions led by NEC Student Omina Mehri.

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October 15, 2015

30th Anniversary of the NEC Longhouse, October 29

NEC Native Education College began in a small office space in downtown Vancouver in 1967. In 1985, NEC moved to our unique campus. The main building was inspired by traditional Pacific Coast longhouse architecture and history. The building features a story pole carved by Norman Tait and four apprentices from the Nisga’a Nation.

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October 10, 2015

Introducing an Aboriginal Literacy Program as part of Aboriginal Adult Basic Education

Sima7 wi Aboriginal Adult Literacy Program | NEC has launched a new program in the Fall within the Aboriginal Adult Basic Education program.

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October 1, 2015

NEC Partners with Justice Institute of BC

A partnership between NEC and Justice Institute of BC begins in January with the aim to enhance Aboriginal student education at both institutions.

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The NEC Difference

The philosophy of the NEC Native Education College Society is founded on the principles upheld by the Elders of our respective nations. The values of our people are contained in the teachings of our Elders – to protect our spirituality, our culture and our land. We will uphold these ideals; live them to the best of our abilities.

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Let NEC help you get prepared for today's business environment. We offer an Office Administration Employment Training Program, Aboriginal Tourism Course and Recreation and Land Stewardship program.

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NEC offers 4 programs that focus on training for Aboriginal Justice Studies, Family and Community Counselling, Early Childhood Education and Youth Care. Get the skills and knowledge required to strengthen Aboriginal youth and families.

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Continuing Education

The NEC Continuing Education program is building a strong Aboriginal arts program and providing a place for young artists to explore and cultivate mentorships with mature artists. Programming in the areas of aboriginal performance arts includes drumming, singing, and movement.

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Cultural Landscapes

The demand for Northwest Coast jewellery has never been greater. The BC tourism industry has been challenged by the BC government to double in volume by 2015. Most Northwest Coast artists learn jewellery making through mentoring with another artist.

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FirstHost is a one-day tourism workshop that is delivered throughout BC and Canada. Participants learn about the hospitality business and the special importance of the host, guest and place relationship.

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NEC's health care programs prepare individuals to work as front-line health care providers in a variety of community and institutional settings. Our program will provide individuals with knowledge and skills to function independently as health care workers and members of the health care team.

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The Native Education College works with First Nations and Aboriginal community agencies to deliver accredited post-secondary and adult basic education programs in locations throughout British Columbia. The Community Services department combines academic excellence with a strong commitment to First Nations community-based education.

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Transition Programs

The Aboriginal Adult Basic Education Program and College Connections are great starting points for your transition back into the school environment. NEC recognizes the unique history and culture of Aboriginal people. Students focus on achieving their academic and employment goals while learning and sharing their cultural knowledge and skills.

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For more NEC Program information visit the Admissions section or call

1 (604) 873-3772 ext. 328