Proud of our humble beginnings...
The Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) is BC’s Aboriginal public post-secondary institute. NVIT was formed as a private institute in 1983 by the founding bands of Coldwater, Nooaitch, Shackan, Upper Nicola and Lower Nicola. Working from a basement in the downtown core of Merritt, three instructors taught thirteen students the basics of what is now our Environmental Resources Technology program. The program was taught in an environment that promoted traditional ways and fostered student success, a vision that sticks with NVIT today. Gradually building its program offerings to address Aboriginal community needs with programs like Social Work, Environmental Resources Technology and Aboriginal Community Economic Development, NVIT became and still remains a unique and important public post-secondary institute in Canada.
We have come a long way…
NVIT was designated as a Provincial Institute under the British Columbia College and Institute Act in 1995, making our programs and courses accredited within the province. After spending years in the downtown core of Merritt, the long awaited Eagles' Perch campus opened in 2002. Five years later, another campus was added in Vancouver along with the opening of much needed student housing in Merritt. The Lecture Theatre/Daycare building opened in the Fall of 2010 in Merritt.
Growth has also come in our enrolment as communities outside of the Nicola Valley, such as Lillooet, Seabird Island and Blueberry River, take advantage of our renowned Community Education Department which offers programs important to the unique needs of communities and community members.
Education is now more accessible than ever at NVIT where students can earn credits toward a
university degree on campus in Merritt or Vancouver, online, or in their own community.
Looking back, growth has come from all facets but the commitment and vision of NVIT and its
supporting communities remains the same. Exploring knowledge from an Aboriginal perspective is giving our people the Education, Strength and Leadership we need to enhance our communities.