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ABE Graduation Program Certificate


The ABE Graduation Certificate Program prepares students for success in further study, lifelong learning and employment by offering education and skills in a supportive and flexible learning environment.

The program gives students the opportunity to plan an efficient education or employment pathway and gain all of the necessary courses to access career and university transfer programs at VCC and other post-secondary institutions.

Students registered in the graduation program certificate will be placed on a wait list for the trades or academic program they wish to transfer into.

This program is tuition-free, however other fees (e.g. application fee, U-Pass fee) are still charged.
For assistance with these costs, ask VCC Financial Aid about the non-repayable Adult Upgrading Grant.

Program Status:

Accepting applications Apply for Adult Updgrading: Self Paced or Class Based



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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Monthly Varies Certificate Broadway Full or Part-time

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If you're ready and know the program you want, apply now. Download and complete the (PDF) application/registration form and mail it to VCC Registrar's Office Visit us at one of our campus locations.

After you apply, you can check application status to see if all of the requirements have been met or to update contact information. Please use the temporary login ID and Personal Identification Number (PIN) that you used to complete your original online application.

Program Description

Program Description

The ABE Graduation Certificate Program prepares students for success in post-secondary education, life-long learning and employability by offering education and skills in a supportive and flexible learning environment. The program gives students the opportunity to plan an education/employment pathway and acquire all of the necessary courses to access Career and/or University Transfer programs at VCC and other post-secondary institutions. Program RequirementsStudents must complete a minimum of eight (8) credits from the core courses and enough elective courses to complete the total minimum program credit requirement of twenty-eight (28) credits.

* Some ABE courses are delivered in two (2) parts. Successful completion of both parts of a course is required in order to receive an equivalent credit for one ABE level course.

Note: Students, who complete the program requirements as listed above, are eligible to apply for the Adult Graduation Diploma from the BC Ministry of Advanced Education. Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Not available

Program Duration

Students have three (3) years to complete the Program. Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes include core outcomes that align with the required courses in the Program and additional outcomes that align with elective courses in the Program. Additional program outcomes will be dependent on the elective courses chosen by the student.

Core Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Program, students will be able to:

  1. Use critical thinking skills to analyze text, interpret information, and solve problems.
  2. Compose well-organized and coherent text across several genres.
  3. Read, evaluate, and analyze a variety of text, including literature, articles and reports.
  4. Use mathematical software to model and solve problems.
  5. Use mathematical models to represent and solve real-world problems across a variety of disciplines.
  6. Utilize research strategies to strategically search, identify, retrieve and utilize information from a variety of appropriate sources.
  7. Apply academic citation standards to correctly document information sources.


Additional Program Learning Outcomes (dependent on the electives chosen by students)

Upon successful completion of the Program, Students may be able to:

  1. Apply scientific concepts, analyze scientific problems, and conduct biology, chemistry, and/or physics experiments.
  2. Apply responsible local and global citizenship skills in the areas of cultural diversity, human rights and safety, and the environment.
  3. Communicate personal values and positions on a variety of social issues.
  4. Discuss and evaluate Canadian history, government, law, culture, economy, and geography from 1914 to present.
  5. Analyze the effects of contact and colonization on First Nations people, including the impact of certain policies, such as the residential school system.
  6. Examine challenges faced by specific First Nations populations, such as women, veterans, elders, and youth.
  7. Analyze and synthesize ideas from multiple sources, by identifying main points and integrating own ideas.
  8. Communicate through a variety of methods including essays, summaries, debates, maps, charts, graphs, and presentations
  9. Use word processing software to apply typographic principles and create business and academic documents that include formulas, charts and macros.
  10. Design spreadsheets to analyze, interpret, and project outcomes.
  11. Make educational and career choices and develop action plans.
  12. Apply effective communication skills both professionally and personally.
  13. Apply problem solving and critical thinking skills relevant to work, life and school.

Instructional Activities, Design and Delivery Mode

The program is delivered by both the College and Career Access (CCA) and College Foundations (CF) departments and provides students with two course delivery options. CCA offers a self-paced delivery model, and CF offers a class-based delivery model. Students can choose to take courses through either or both departments.

Self-paced format:Students receive individualized instruction and work/learn at their own pace using course material that is customized to accommodate their needs and enhance their success while meeting the course requirements. The instructional methodology is based on one-to-one model with instructors providing individualized instruction, guidance, and assessments to students. Students complete assignments and assessments according to a flexible schedule they determine with the instructors. Students can access the self-paced classrooms at any time of day they are open and receive six (6) hours of direct instruction per course per week.

Class-based format:

Students receive instruction in classes that have a fixed schedule and instructor. In most cases, courses are delivered either six (6) hours per week or twelve (12) hours per weeks giving students the flexibility to take courses that best suit their needs and schedules. Students also have access to instructors during set office hours. Instruction is provided in classrooms and/or labs through lectures, seminars, and demonstrations. In general, course assignments and assessments follow a fixed schedule.

Evaluation of Student Learning

Evaluation methods are clearly stated in each course outline. These may include exams, quizzes, assignments, reports, essays and lab activities.

Once you have completed all of the required courses to be eligible for this certificate you can complete the Application for Credential and submit to records@vcc.ca.


Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.


Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

Students are admitted into the Program on an individual course basis as determined by the College and Career Access and College Foundations departments.

Students taking ABE courses through the College and Career Access require departmental approval prior to registering for courses.

Recommended Characteristics:

Recommended Characteristics of Students

  • Ability to work independently
  • Good communication skills
  • Motivation and dedication to complete an academic program
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Ability to take responsibility for learning
  • Reliability and dependability
  • Respectful of others
  • Ability to take directions and guidance

Course Schedule

Fees and Other costs


Application Fee $35
Student Union Fee $30 per term
College Initiative Fee $8 per course
U-Pass Fee $41 per month subject to eligibility
Other Costs $8 - Campus Resource Fee



For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.


Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

Earn your Grade 12 diploma, improve your literacy skills or upgrade your academic qualifications to pursue further study and start a new career.

VCC offers a range of academic courses for adults designed to meet individual goals. Attend an information session to learn about our math, science, computer and English courses, meet our teachers, ask questions and learn how to apply.

Join us at VCC's Broadway campus, 1120 East 7 Avenue at Glen Drive, across from VCC/Clark SkyTrain station.

Adult Upgrading Grants are available to cover tuition for qualified students in 2015-16. Ask us more at an information session or contact VCC Financial Aid to find out if you qualify.

Date Day Time Room Location
August 30, 2018 Thursday 4 - 5 p.m. B1208 Broadway


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Program Highlights

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

 

Term 1

(ACED 0707) Job Search Techniques
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1.0 credits course outline
(ACED 0709) Education and Career Exploration
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2.0 credits course outline
(ACED 0710) Work Experience
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1.0 credits course outline
(ACED 0711) Communications
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1.0 credits course outline
(BIOL 0983) Biology 12 - Part 1
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4.0 credits  course outline
(BIOL 0993) Biology 12 - Part 2
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4.0 credits  course outline
(CHEM 0983) Chemistry 12 - Part 1
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4.0 credits  course outline
(CHEM 0993) Chemistry 12 - Part 2
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4.0 credits  course outline
(COMP 0981) Computer Science 12
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4.0 credits course outline
(COMP 0982) Word Processing 12
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4.0 credits  course outline
(COMP 0984) Spreadsheet Management 12
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4.0 credits  course outline
(COMP 0985) Database Management 12
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4.0 credits course outline
(ENGL 0981) English 12 - Part 1
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4.0 credits course outline
(ENGL 0991) English 12 - Part 2
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4.0 credits course outline
(ENGL 0994) English 12 Essential
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4.0 credits course outline
(LAWS 0982) Law 12 - Part 1
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4.0 credits course outline
(LAWS 0992) Law 12 - Part 2
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4.0 credits course outline
(MATH 0861) Math 11 - Part 1
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4.0 credits  course outline
(MATH 0871) Math 11 - Part 2
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4.0 credits  course outline
(MATH 0882) Business/Technical Math 11
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4.0 credits course outline
(MATH 0983) Math 12 - Part 1
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4.0 credits  course outline
(MATH 0993) Math 12 - Part 2
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4.0 credits  course outline
(PHYS 0983) Physics 12 - Part 1
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4.0 credits  course outline
(PHYS 0993) Physics 12 - Part 2
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4.0 credits  course outline
(PSYC 0981) Psychology 12 - Part 1
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4.0 credits course outline
(PSYC 0991) Psychology 12 - Part 2
course schedule schedule
4.0 credits course outline