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 currently has 16 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, and 3 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 900 individual courses, and approximately 70 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 4,109 students were registered for courses at the Comox Valley Campus during the 2013/14 school year. This number included 2,297 students enrolled in credit courses and 1,812 students enrolled in short duration courses. North Island College employs approximately 120 staff in this region, which includes faculty, support staff, and administration (North Island College website 2014).
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).