NIC celebrates business degree graduates’ success

The degree, with a major in accounting, was established in 2006 to meet the needs of North Island students and communities.

NIC Bachelor of Business degree alumni Tree Murdock and Marlene Leach facilitate projects and accounting for ECODynamic Solutions.

NIC Bachelor of Business degree alumni Tree Murdock and Marlene Leach facilitate projects and accounting for ECODynamic Solutions.

North Island College’s school of business celebrated the North Island’s next generation of business leaders with an informal event for its bachelor of business administration degree graduates last week.

The degree, with a major in accounting, was established in 2006 to meet the needs of North Island students and communities. The marketing and general management majors were added in 2009.

NIC bachelor of business degree alumni Tree Murdock and Marlene Leach facilitate projects and accounting for ECODynamic Solutions Inc., a Comox Valley environmental consulting company.

Alumni work in marketing, real estate, accounting, construction and property management, environmental project management, local media and other businesses across the North Island.

“They’re all working in the community and applying their skills,” said NIC instructor and school of business department chair Bill Parkinson. “It’s great to see what graduates are doing and how they are contributing to our communities.”

Leach graduated in 2011 with an accounting major and is now working at ECODynamic Solutions Inc., a Courtenay-based company. She intends to pursue her accounting designation.

“NIC’s business administration degree enabled me to find a career I truly enjoy, working for the past three years as a business administrator,” she said. “The knowledge and skills I gained from NIC instructors and students are invaluable.”

NIC now offers six degrees in business, nursing, fine arts and liberal studies at its Comox Valley campus. The business programs make up the college’s only stand-alone degrees, developed in consultation with local business owners, organizations and advisory groups.

Throughout the program, students connect with businesses in class projects and paid work experience. They can also earn degree credit in Europe, Mexico, the United States, and Asia through international exchange programs.

The college recently added post degree diplomas, giving local and international students with undergraduate degrees new opportunities to specialize their skills in global business management, business administration, international and general management, marketing, human resource management and accounting.

This year, the college’s first-year business certificate became available online to all residents of the North Island, in addition to face-to-face classes at the Comox Valley campus. The certificate feeds into the business administration diploma and degree programs and allows students outside the Comox Valley to complete the first year of their degree in their home communities.

“NIC’s school of business offers a real diversity of programs with plenty of entry and exit points for students who want to earn their certificate or diploma, work, come back for a degree,” Parkinson said.

Students can also enter the degree through the Tourism and Hospitality Management or Business Administration diploma. Both programs offer paid work experiences and employer connections through Co-op Education.

For more information on NIC’s business programs, visit www.nic.bc.ca/business or contact the Student Services office at your nearest NIC campus.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Shelter Point Distillery won several Canadian Whisky Awards this year, including a gold for best single malt. Facebook photo
Vancouver Island’s Shelter Point Distillery wins gold for single malt

Business won nine medals at recent Canadian Whisky Awards virtual ceremony

Comox Valley-raised Shay Sandiford has earned a spot on the Canada skateboard team. Facebook
Courtenay skateboarder selected to first-ever national team

A young man from Courtenay is among 12 athletes who have been… Continue reading

A WestJet flight on the runway leaving Comox. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Aviation company seeks contracted employees to fill former WestJet roles at YQQ

Menzies Aviation from Edinburgh Park, Scotland, operates in 34 countries across the world

A cougar was spotted Monday near Queneesh Elementary. (WildSafe BC photo)
Cougar sighted Monday near Courtenay school

Conservation officers are warning the public to avoid the wooded areas around… Continue reading

Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
COVID-19: B.C. seniors aged 90+ can start to sign up for vaccination on March 8

Long-term care residents protected by shots already given

Langley resident Carrie MacKay shared a video showing how stairs are a challenge after spending weeks in hospital battling COVID-19 (Special to Langley Advance Times)
VIDEO: Stairs a challenge for B.C. woman who chronicled COVID-19 battle

‘I can now walk for six (to) 10 minutes a day’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Nanaimo RCMP are looking for a suspect who smashed the window of an adult toy store and made off with more than $1,200 in merchandise. (File photo)
Vancouver Island sex shop out $1,200 in merchandise after suspect steals ‘colossal’ product

Suspect smashed window of Nanaimo store, cutting himself in the process

Riverside Calvary Church in Walnut Grove. (Langley Advance Times file)
B.C. is ‘stereotyping’ churches as riskier for COVID than other spaces, lawyer argues

Judge said that freedom of expression, religion are not at issue in the case

B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell gets acquainted with Tsawwassen First Nation Chief Kim Baird’s 10-month-old daughter Sophia, husband Steve and four-year-old Amy at the B.C. legislature before a ceremony to endorse the Tsawwassen Treaty, Oct. 15, 2007. (Sharon Tiffin/Black Press)
Indigenous consent comes first and last for B.C. industrial projects

Environment minister can still approve permits without consent

B.C.’s court of appeal in Vancouver. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Kootenay man appeals 7-year conviction for New Year’s Eve kidnapping, beating

Brandon Coons, 27, was convicted on five charges, including assault with a weapon

Nootka Sound RCMP responded to a workplace fatality report south of Gold River on Monday morning. (Campbell River Mirror photo)
One dead in workplace accident at Gold River logging site

The RCMP and Work Safe BC are investigating the incident at Western Forest Product’s TFL 19

Ladysmith’s famous Festival of Lights decorations are still up as of March 1, 2021. (Cole Schisler photo)
PHOTOS: It’s still looking a lot like Christmas in Ladysmith

Festival of Lights volunteers cannot remove the holiday roof top displays due to COVID-19

An investigation is underway after two VPD officers were recorded posing for pictures near a dead body at Third Beach on Feb. 24. (Screen grab/Zachary Ratcliff)
Vancouver officers placed on desk duty after filmed posing next to dead body

Pair put in ‘non-deployable, admin positions’ as the investigation into their conduct continues

Most Read