NIC’s Human Services department and its programs are part of a provincial network that ensures not only high-quality instruction and programming, but also transferability throughout the province.
At the Port Alberni campus, the Education Assistant/Community Support, Indigenous Focus certificate is offered in two ways: over 10 months of full-time study, or over 20 months of part-time study. The full time option contains three terms and the part time option contains five.
As a graduate of the Educational Assistant/Community Support, Indigenous Focus program, you will be well-prepared to assist individuals who have physical, cognitive and psychiatric disabilities.
As an education assistant, you will qualify to work in schools and, under the supervision of the teacher, provide classroom support.
As a community support worker, you may pursue career in community-based or government agencies, in departments that assist individuals with diverse needs.
Some graduates have started their own community support businesses and hold contracts with a variety of government and non-government agencies.