The Adult Academic and Career Preparation department offers courses for adult learners with a wide range of backgrounds and needs for educational upgrading. Courses provide students with basic literacy skills, prerequisites for admission to post-secondary programs, and requirements for the B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma. Support services are available for students with disabilities.
Canadian citizen, permanent resident, landed immigrant, or student authorization issued by Immigration Canada.
Age Requirement: Applicants must: be at least 19 years of age, or 18 years of age and have been out of the public school system for at least 12 months, or have a senior secondary graduation diploma.
All students entering any Fundamental Level English or Basic Literacy course for the first time are required to complete an individual admission interview with a Fundamental Level English instructor as a prerequisite. Prospective students should contact the Fundamental Level English instructor or the Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program Coordinator at the receiving Okanagan College campus to arrange an admission interview before registration.
Any applicant not meeting these requirements must be recommended for admission by a secondary school principal or counsellor and be referred to the Adult Academic and Career Preparation Underage Committee of the campus which the applicant wishes to attend. The Committee will interview the applicant who will be admitted only if recommended by the Committee and space is available.
While no specific academic background is required, students entering some Adult Academic and Career Preparation courses may be required to complete a skills assessment if they do not meet specific course prerequisites.
Students must have completed the prerequisites within the five years prior to the start date of the AACP mathematics course in which they wish to register. Any student not meeting this requirement will be required to write a mathematics skills assessment to determine their Math Skills Indicator (MSI) level. The MSI level is determined by a score on the Adult Basic Learning Examination (ABLE), the Penticton Adult Academic and Career Preparation Mathematics Skills Assessment, or the Basic Algebra Skills Test.
Students must have completed prerequisites for science courses within the five years prior to the start date for the AACP science course in which they wish to register. Students may gain admission to the AACP English courses and science courses with an English competency requirement based on a score on the Adult Basic Learning Examination (ABLE) and writing assessment. Interviews may also be conducted to help determine the appropriate level.
Hours of Study: Both day and evening classes may be offered, Monday through Friday. Adult Academic and Career Preparation full-time students are those enrolled in three or more courses, or receiving 15 hours or more of instruction per week, or enrolled in a two-month Spring or Summer semester course requiring 96 hours or more of instruction.
Course Advising: Before registration, prospective students are encouraged to discuss course and program plans with an advisor or instructor from the department. Appointments for course advising can be made by contacting the Advising office at each OC campus.
Semester Length: Semesters vary from four to five months, depending on centre. Summer semesters are two months.
Semester Start Dates:
September, January, May and July
Penticton, Salmon Arm and Revelstoke
September and January
September, January and May
Recently, the College announced it would charge tuition for these courses. There is significant financial help available for domestic students that may cover the costs of your tuition, either through the provincial government or through Okanagan College’s Upgrading Bursary. Visit our online resource or connect with one of our financial aid staff at 1-800-767-5492 to find out more.
Financial assistance may also be available to students from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, the B.C. Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance and local Indian bands for First Nation students. Contact the Financial Awards Office for more information.
Upgrading (AACP/ABE, ASE)
Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 10/22/2017