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…

Dream, Learn, Succeed Check out the host of unique and inspiring programs offered to Aboriginal learners by NEC Native Education College, Vancouver Community College, and Capilano University in this video developed by the... Posted on: May 01, 2015 | Read more
Alumni Tea on May 19 NEC cordially invites alumni to join students, faculty, and staff in the Longhouse to share stories, and enjoy each other's company, May 19 from 3:30 – 5:30. A great chance... Posted on: May 01, 2015 | Read more
Enjoy the arts and meeting new people? Enjoy the arts and meeting new people? Join us at NEC on Fridays 12:00-1:00 pm during the spring semester to participate in drop-in beading, painting and other cultural arts sessions. All... Posted on: April 20, 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