NVITNicola Valley Institute of Technology (California)
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But in the field of economic development, it is NVIT's Off-Site Aboriginal Community Economic Development Program that attracts a lot of attention.
"It's a national program -- we deliver our diploma to First Nations across Canada," said Ken Tourand, administrative coordinator of the CED department at NVIT. "We've been to Truro, Nova Scotia, Moose Factory, Ont., Lutsel'ke, N.W.T.
The diploma program normally takes four years, but NVIT will deliver the modules whenever the First Nations community requests them.
NVIT is one of two new Aboriginal public institutions in B.C., the second being the Institute of Indigenous Government opened in September in Vancouver which is also degree granting.
Education and training courses at NVIT include business administration, academic studies, community economic development, fine art, social work, developmental education, natural resource technology and sexual abuse worker.
NVIT will receive about $2 million for operation costs from the Ministry of Skills, Training and Labour for the 1995/96 school year.