Applicants must be at least 19 years of age, or be at least 18 years of age and have been out of the secondary school system for at least 12 months, or have a school leaving certificate.
Any applicant not meeting the age requirements must be recommended for admission by a secondary school principal or counsellor and be interviewed by the ASE instructor at the campus which the applicant wishes to attend.
The recommendation and interview information will be referred to the ASE underage committee. The applicant will be admitted only if recommended by the committee and space is available.
In cases of underage admission, continued registration and attendance is dependent on the achievement of specific educational and behavioural standards outlined in an individual performance contract.
Students must participate in an intake interview with the instructor. The instructor will determine eligibility based on the following criteria. All students must:
Have the ability to learn and participate in a group setting, and
Be emotionally stable - have no behavioural or emotional problems that would significantly interfere with the learning or safety of self or others, and
Have an identified cognitive disability.
Evidence of the above requirements must include at least two of the following (students must provide documentation at their own effort and expense):
Records of previous participation in special or supported programs in a public institution or school
Educationally specific documentation from a physician or medical specialist
Referral from Community Living BC
Recommendation from an instructor in Adult Academic and Career Preparation, another college, or senior secondary school
Students who lack appropriate documentation may be admitted conditionally on the recommendation of the instructor with the approval of the department chair. In cases of conditional admission, continued registration and attendance is dependent on the achievement of specific educational and behavioural standards outlined in an individual performance contract. A student who is non-verbal or multi-disabled and requires special accommodations can only be accepted into the program when those specific accommodation needs have been addressed and met. The student may be required to attend with a qualified support person who will be required to participate in a learning contract. Each of the three Independent Living Skills Certificate Programs have specific reading requirements. The PACE and SAME programs have additional requirements.
Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 09/19/2020