Community Partnerships

Bringing NEC to your Community

The Native Education College works with First Nations, Métis, and Indigenous community agencies to deliver accredited post-secondary and adult upgrading programs in locations throughout British Columbia. NEC programs are developed with Indigenous content and teaching methods for Indigenous learners on our campus in east Vancouver. Our Adult Upgrading courses are recognized at all public colleges and universities in BC. Our post-secondary certificate and diploma programs provide credit to degree programs at BC universities and institutes.

If you would like to bring NEC to your community, print out our Community Partnerships Form and fax to (604) 873-9152.  Or fill out our online form and a member of our team will get back to you.

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Local Partnerships

Our community partnership allow learners to remain in their own communities for additional years before relocating for degree completion. We also work with local employment training agencies and education departments to provide innovative solutions and good value in education. Partnership can include the in-kind contribution of facilities, Elders or qualified staff who can take part in training delivery. Whenever possible we hire qualified local instructors and link with local community resources such as counselling for student support.

Our Program Features

The Native Education College programs develop practical hands-on real-life job skills. Our post-secondary certificate and diploma programs require a practicum placement to experience success. The Indigenous curriculum supports an understanding of the reality of colonization and the current renewal of strong Indigenous cultures and communities through decolonization. Our student policies support each learner promoting respect, understanding, gratitude, accountability and honouring diversity.   


Since 1979, the Native Education College has been operated by a nonprofit society under the leadership of an all Indigenous board of directors. Post-secondary programs are designated through the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education and students are eligible for StudentAidBC. The NEC is a member of the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association of BC.

Designation Certificate, PTIB

Program Partners

Most Native Education certificates offer credit transfer to degree programs at other institutions.  Additional agreements or case-by-case acceptance by local institutions are also possible.

NEC Certificate


Transfer Institution

Transfer Program

Office Administration




Health Care Assistant


Vancouver Community College

Access to Practical Nursing Diploma

Tourism Operations


Capilano University

Bachelor of Tourism Management

Justice Studies


Simon Fraser University

Bachelor of Arts (Criminology)

Early Childhood Education


Capilano University/University of BC

Bachelor of Early Childhood Care and Education/ Bachelor of Education

Family Counselling


Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Social Work

Indigenous Land Stewardship


Capilano University

Bachelor of Arts (Liberal Studies)

Northwest Coast Jewelry Arts


Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Transfer Agreements

We have a number of transfer agreements in place with post-secondary schools throughout British Columbia, including:

  • Capilano University
  • Douglas College
  • Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
  • Royal Roads University
  • Simon Fraser University
  • University of British Columbia
  • Vancouver Community College

NEC is open to creating other transfer agreements with other public universities.

Contact Us

If your community or agency plans to implement a training or educational program or economic development project, please contact the Dean of Academics for information relating to costs, service agreements, implementation phases or other services.

For more information, please contact:

Tamara Starblanket, Dean of Academics
(604) 873-3772 Ext. 319