The Comox Valley boasts a wide range of institutions that support a diversified and skilled workforce including the largest campus of North Island College, International education programs, and private colleges.
School District #71
School District #71 currently has 15 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and 5 high schools with a total student population of 8,597 (SD #71 2014/15 Student Enrollment Summary as of November 2015).
International students can enroll in the school district’s International Student Program. There are several different program options for prospective students to choose from including high school graduation, short term high school, and summer exchange programs.
North Island College
North Island College offers approximately 1,140 individual courses, and approximately 230 credit programs. North Island College has 4 campuses and 4 learning centres. From Campbell River to Bella Coola on BC’s central coast to Ucluelet on Vancouver Island’s west coast, with its administrative centre on the beautiful 64 acre Courtenay campus.
Approximately 3,892 students were registered for courses at the Comox Valley Campus during the 2016/17 school year. This number included 2,274 students enrolled in credit courses and 1,618 students enrolled in short duration courses. North Island College employs approximately 280 staff in this region, which includes faculty, support staff, and administration (North Island College website 2017).
North Island College International offers several options for international students looking to complete their post-secondary education.
Excel Career College
Excel Career College is a private post-secondary college that has been providing education to the community since 1989. Excel is registered and accredited with the Private Post-Secondary Education Commission of BC, and in compliance with the Private Post-Secondary Education Act. Excel offers full-time college programs, corporate training, computer and business courses and private instruction (Excel Career College website 2007).
Sprott-Shaw Community College
Sprott-Shaw provides small class sizes, qualified instructors, hands-on training and a friendly appropriate learning environment for adults of all ages. The curriculum includes office, healthcare, tourism, hospitality, business, administrative and international studies (Sprott -Shaw Community College website 2007).