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Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
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Tuition: $3,000  Students: 274
4155 Belshaw Street
Merritt, BC      V1K 1R1
250 378-3300

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) is an Aboriginal public, post-secondary institute of British Columbia. It was created as a private institution in 1983 by the founding bands of Lower Nicola and Upper Nicola, Shackan, Nooaitch, and Coldwater. Classes began in a basement in Merritt, with thirteen students taught by three instructors. Most of the programs were gradually built to point out the Aboriginal community’s needs, particularly environmental concerns, political issues, socio-economic marginalization, and economic development. Today, NVIT has become one of the most important public post-secondary institutes in Canada. ... continued below

About Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

Campus: Facilities, Residence and Location

In 2007, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology added another campus alongside the student housing in Merritt --- Vancouver Campus. This campus houses the Vancouver Elders’ Council, the bookstore and the library. The NVIT Library is a partner of British of Columbia’s Electronic Library Network, which helps it to cooperate with other post-secondary libraries to gain a wider access to information. There is a computer lab inside with 18 stations. It loans video recorders, cameras, instructional equipment, and mobile computers. In the library online catalogue, there are over 25,000 titles of electronic books available in full text. There are also self-serve photocopying machines available inside the library. Students who plan to live inside the campus can take advantage of the housing accommodation offered in Merritt Campus. Its residence building offers 72 rooms which consist of a mixture of single rooms, two bedroom suites, and family suites. There are only 8 suites available for the two bedroom and family shared suites.

Student Services and Student Life

Students who plan work as a full-time or part-time student should be aware of these guidelines: 'NVIT gives high priority to first nations candidates; all applicants must have knowledge of First Nations Culture, and should be experienced in working with First Nations people; all applicants should speak, or be willing to learn to speak, an aboriginal language; unless otherwise stated, commencement dates are normally upon availability of suitable candidate; and in the interest of the environment, only those applicants short-listed will be contacted.'

Academic Programs

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The Government and the NVIT offer financial assistance and scholarships to students. Some of the awards that the school gives are Entrance Awards, Community Awards, Adult Basic Education Association of BC Achievement Award, Academic Achievement Awards, Campus Living Centres Award, Dwayne Yamelst Memorial Award, Nicola Tribal Association Award, Trinitec Award, and F. Gordon Antoine Memorial Entrance Scholarship.

Merritt Information

The City of Merritt is a city in the Nicola Valley in south central British Columbia, Canada. Situated at the confluence of the Nicola and Coldwater rivers, it is the first major community encountered after travelling along Phase One of the Coquihalla Highway and acts as the gateway to all other major highways to the B.C. Interior.

Situated at an elevation of 595 metres (1950 feet) above sea level, Merritt tends to experience mild winters with little snowfall and warm, dry, sunny summers. At a population of 8,000 inhabitants, Merritt is able to provide you with all your daily living needs in a convenient and compact city core. We're large enough to have what you need, we're small e nough that the clerks will soon remember and address you by name.


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