Terrace, British ColumbiaLOCATION
Estd 1975Established Year

Northwest Community College (NWCC), now renamed as Coast Mountain College is located in Terrace, British Columbia, Canada. It is a post-secondary institution offers certificate, diploma, university transfer and associate degree programs.
It has nine campuses within British Columbia and serves 34 different communities with a focus on higher education for Aborigines.

Features of the NWCC:

  • Recognized leader in aboriginal education with 40% students comprising of aborigines.
  • Affordable and quality education through innovative programs. 
  • Guaranteed admission to University of Victoria, British Columbia Institute of Technology and University of Northern British Columbia for specific programs.
  • University transfer agreement with the Royal Roads University.
  • International university transfer agreements with Monash University, Australia, VIA University College, Denmark and Atlantic University, Portugal.
  • Collaborative Training program with British Columbia Institute of Technology Mining, Engineering and Technology. 

Programs offered at Northwest Community College

NWCC offers college access programs, health and human services programs, online programs, university credit programs, trades foundation and apprenticeship programs.

Types of programs

  1. Field Schools
  2. University Credit
  3. Business
  4. Health and Human Services
  5. Trades Training
  6. Upgrading
Level of Academic Achievement or Academic DegreeCourses
Field SchoolCoast Mountain Ecology
Sense of Place: Gitga'at Territory Seaweed Camp
Permaculture Design
Criminal Justice
Rainforests and Coastal Communities
People of the Skeena
Stewart/Telegraph Creek
Haida Gwaii
Icefields to Oceans
Relationships and Language
Rural Challenges to Marketing
Skeena Watershed Ecosystems
Foundation and Apprenticeship ProgramsAutomotive
Heavy Mechanical
Parts and Warehousing
Professional Cook
Intro Programs
Dual Credit
CertificateBusiness Administration
Public Administration
Applied Coastal Ecology (ACE)
Applied Earth and Environmental Studies 
Community, Crime, and Social Justice (CCSJ) 
Engineering and Physical Sciences Transfer
First Nations Fine Arts
Social Service Worker (SSW) 
Health Care Assistants
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Career & College Preparation (CCP) 
Adult Special Education
Retail Services
Workplace Literacy and Numeracy
DiplomaBusiness Administration
Applied Coastal Ecology (ACE)
Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE)
First Nations Fine Arts
Social Service Worker (SSW) 
Access to Practical Nursing
Career & College Preparation (CCP) 
Post-Degree Diploma Business
Applied Coastal Ecology (ACE)
Associate Degree of Arts-
Associate Degree of Science-
Bachelor of ScienceNursing

One Bachelor's degree program in Nursing.

Certificate, diploma and associate degree courses

Art HistoryAsian Studies
Computer ScienceCriminology
First Nations StudiesFrench
Political SciencePsychology
SociologyWomens' Studies

Northwest Community College Campuses

6 campuses namely, Terrace (main campus), Smithers and Prince Rupert being the major ones and Hazelton, Masset and Queen Charlotte.

  • Terrace Campus

    1. Located in the Skeena River Valley.
    2. On-campus student accommodations.
    3. By car: 5 minutes from downtown 
    4. On-foot: 25 minuted from downtown.

  • Smiters

    1. Located in Bulkley Valley.
    2. Business Administration Diploma course is taught here among other courses. 
    3. 204 kms away from Terrace campus.
  • Prince Rupert

    1. Coastal Campus on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.
    2. Central location and easily accessible. 
    3. Travel by sea to Haida Gwaii or Alaska.
    4. Distance from Terrace campus: 143 kms.

Student Accommodation at Northwest Community College

  • 6 Student Residences available at the Terrace campus.
  • Apply at least 6 months in advance to secure a room.
  • Facilities: twin beds, table, wardrobe, showers, TV rooms, kitchens and WiFi.


  • Better immersive Canadian living experience
  • NWCC has a partnership with Coast Mountain district to facilitate homestay options for students.

How to get into Northwest Community College?

English Language Requirement

  • English proficiency in all four components, i.e. speaking, listening, reading and writing

International students

  • Submit either an IELTS score (above band 6.5) or a TOEFL score (above 83).
  • IELTS recommended for easing study permit procedure. 

Costs and Expenses

Pay fee via

  • American Express, MasterCard or Visa- Online
  • In person using cash, cheque, American Express, MasterCard, Visa or Interac
  • Sponsorship letter from sponsoring agency
  • Over the phone to the local campus cashier (if paying by credit card)

Base level tuition fee- CAD 91.31 per credit or CAD 69.94 per week depending on the program.

Tuition Fee Categories

4 Tuition categories.

  • Category 1: Credit Billed Programs
  • Category 2: Weekly Billed Programs
  • Category 3: Part-time Weekly Billed Programs
  • Category 4: International Fees

Financial Aid provided by the Northwest Community College

  • Alma Van Duesen Award- Apply till October 30
  • ASE Integrated Program Award- Apply till April 15 for CAD 100
  • BC Oil and Gas Commission Indigenous Education Award- Apply till October 30 for CAD 1500

Northwest Community College Work Study Program

  • During the semester- full-time students work for 20 hours/week on-or off-campus.
  • During the term break or the holidays, full-time students work for 40 hours/week on-or-off campus.
  • Work off-campus without a work permit if you:
    1. have a valid study permit;
    2. are a full-time student at NWCC;
    3. have commenced a full-time academic course;
    4. are in a program lasting minimum six months;
    5. have a Social Insurance Number (SIN).

Study Permit 

  • Compulsory for attending a degree program in Canada. 
  • Submit an application to the nearest Canadian Consulate or Canadian Embassy after receiving a letter of acceptance from NWCC.
  • Documents required:
    1. Copy of your acceptance letter
    2. Copy of your medical exam confirmation
    3. Proof of a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of CAD 10,000
    4. Proof of payment for tuition fees for your first year of study, and
    5. Proof of English language proficiency IELTS - band 6

Students are advised to book air tickets to Canada only after receiving the study permit. 

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