Distance Learning

Northwest Indian College has a robust Distance Learning program that offers an number of flexible options for earning credits towards your degree. Whether you’re working full or part time, have family obligations or just want to study at your own pace, there is always a path for you.


Serving seven different sites located in Washington and Idaho, our videoconferencing network delivers face to face courses across many campuses on large, vibrant video monitors, allowing you to engage with classmates and faculty at the following locations:

  • Lummi
  • Tulalip
  • Muckleshoot
  • Nez Perce
  • Port Gamble
  • Swinomish

NWIC offers live interactive video courses via the K-20 Network. Currently Makah, Swinomish, Tulalip, and Chief Leschi communities who connected to the Network. Students interested in taking a K-20 course and do not live close to any of the mentioned K-20 endpoints, can contact the Distance Learning Center (DLC) to see the possibility of making special arrangements at other K-20 locations. The number for the DLC is (360) 392-4282.

Since each site can receive only one course at a time students should check with the Learning Community Coordinator at each site to see which courses are available.

Online Learning

Another option for study is to take courses online. Northwest Indian College offers fully online courses that allow you to interact with classmates at other sites. You can learn from and about each other, while engaging with faculty who may be hundreds of miles away.

NWIC utilizes Moodle for its Online Web-based courses. These courses can either be taken entirely online, or as supplemental content to a standard classroom course (depending on the course). In general, students with a computer, web browser, and a connection to the Internet can take online courses.

Contact the DLC for assistance at (360) 392-4339.

Registered students who do have their course access information (username and password) may proceed to the Moodle login page.

Independent Learning

Northwest Indian College also offers courses through a self-paced independent learning model. Connect with your instructor, complete your assignments on your own time and gain credit towards your degree.

Northwest Indian College recognizes that not all students can attend regularly scheduled classes on campus or at instructional sites. The Independent Learning program was created for such students to work toward degrees and certificates by studying individually under the direction of an instructor.

Independent Learning courses are self-paced learning units. Some Independent Learning classes are primarily based on written materials while others also include weekly teleconferences or videotapes. Students communicate with instructors by phone, fax or e-mail.

Registration takes place by mail, at instructional sites, or on campus. For each class, students are sent a syllabus and any additional materials. A book order form is provided to use for obtaining texts from the NWIC store. Book requests must be made in writing and can be faxed or mailed.

Advisors are available to help students select appropriate courses and, in other ways, assist in the process of creating a successful independent learning experience. Students who have access to the campus or instructional sites are encouraged to combine regular classes and tele-courses with Independent Learning courses. At remote sites, students may complete an AAS degree with Independent Learning classes. The general education requirements for an ATA degree may also be fulfilled through the Independent Learning Program.

Please contact the Individualized Learning Department at (360) 392-4341 for additional information.

For any questions about Distance Learning options, please contact Admissions on 360.392.4269