Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
Number of Students
Over 542 (About 75% of the student body is of First Nations heritage).
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology offers over 20 programs leading to degrees, diplomas, certificates, and university transfer in Aboriginal Community and Health Development, Aboriginal Early Childhood Education, Academic and Indigenous Studies, Administrative and Community Economic Development Studies, College Readiness, Community Education, Information technology, Law Enforcement, Natural Resources Technology, and Social Work. In collaboration with Thompson Rivers University (formerly the University College of the Cariboo), the College offers the Bachelor of Social Work program. The College currently has university transfer agreements with Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Northern British Columbia; as a result of these agreements, students can earn credit at the College and then transfer those credits towards a university-level degree at one of the aforementioned institutions.
The Nicola Valley Institute of Technology was founded by the Coldwater, Shackan, Nooaitch, Upper Nicola, and Lower Nicola Bands of the Nicola Valley to service the post-secondary educational needs of First Nations peoples. Courses and programs at the College are taught within the context of the beliefs, history, and traditions of the aforementioned Bands.