Education Opportunities – Well Beyond the Classroom
Like the diverse communities in the region, the schools support each other. The network of schools are proud of the students, their successes and the diverse range of programs.
Fundamentals of Forestry Program
The Fundamentals of Forestry – Harvesting Practices Program offered by Vancouver Island University is now accepting applications for its Woss facility. The next intake of the program is 12 weeks long beginning August 2022 and consists of a combination of classroom and hands on training led by an instructor with over 10 years of coastal harvesting experience. This program is designed to provide new forestry workers with the foundational skills and knowledge required to work safely, productively and sustainably in a harvesting environment. Contact here for more details.
Elementary Education in the region focuses on learning, engagement and access. SD 85 provides transformative and inspired educational opportunities!
Alert Bay Elementary School (Grades K – 7)
Sea View Elementary/Junior Secondary (Grades K-10)
Eagle View Elementary School (Grades K-7)
Fort Rupert Elementary School (Grades K-7)
Cheslakees Elementary School (Grades K)
Sunset Elementary (Grades 1-7)
A.J. Elliott Elementary School (Grades K – 7)
High School Education in the region focuses on learning, engagement, access and post-secondary options. More information is available on the high-school websites.
Port Hardy Secondary (Grades 8 – 12)
North Island Secondary (Grades 8 – 12)
Eke Me-Xi Learning Centre, Alternative School (Grades 8-12)
North Vancouver Island Aboriginal Training Society
North Vancouver Island Aboriginal Training Society (NVIATS) is an Aboriginal training organization that operates under the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS), which is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada. The ASETS program provides funding to support the costs of programs, services and other activities undertaken to increase the participation of Aboriginal Peoples in the Canadian labour market.
School District 85
Vancouver Island North is overseen by School District Number 85, looking after a total of 11 schools, 1,500 students and employing 320 individuals.
School District 85 operates a Forestry Academy for grade 10-12 students. Every day of this program students work outside directly with industry professionals learning the skills needed for jobs in the forestry sector. This is an active course that is based out of Port Hardy Secondary School, but it runs outside of the regular timetable and is available to all secondary school students. It presents a great opportunity to engage in many of the career options available, learn local knowledge and explore the landscape of Northern Vancouver Island.
North Island College
North Island College Mount Waddington campus just opened a new location in Port Hardy and offers a range of programs including, Arts and Sciences, Business, Business Technology, Community Care, Healthcare, Tourism and Hospitality as well as a range of upgrading options.