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Adult Upgrading

Adult Basic Education

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Notice:  Please be advised that Adult Upgrading students should register in-person.

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Kelowna

Phone: 250-762-5445 - ask to be transferred to Jessica Morcom (ext 4936)
Email: kelownaupgrading@okanagan.bc.ca

Penticton

Phone: 236-420-6711 - ask to be transferred to Michael Rutten (ext 3245)
Email: pentictonupgrading@okanagan.bc.ca

Vernon

Phone: 250-545-7291 - ask to be transferred to Simone Palmer (ext 2221)
Email: vernonupgrading@okanagan.bc.ca

Salmon Arm

Phone: 250-832-2126 - ask to be transferred to Allison Inkpen (ext 6715)
Email: salmonarmupgrading@okanagan.bc.ca

Upgrading is the right choice if you want to:

  • Complete high school graduation requirements
  • Upgrade your high school marks
  • Complete pre-requisites for the College's program or other university courses
  • Develop your reading, writing and math skills

Courses and programs are offered throughout the year, and all College locations offer Adult Upgrading. 

Delivery method

  • In-person in Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton.
  • Online courses have September and January start dates. Although these courses are delivered online, you will need to attend classes on specific days and times

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Tuition free!

  • Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) covers student fees, partial travel costs, unsubsidized child care and school supplies.
  • The AUG form is awarded based on your income level. 
  • Need help filling it in? Contact the Financial Aid Office or email upgradinggrants@okanagan.bc.ca

Program spotlight

Upgrading is the right choice if you want to:

Skills assessment

Students can complete upgrading skills assessments in-person in 2-3 hours. Check the dates and times below for a campus near you and try out a practice Math skills assessment before you arrive:

Practice Math skills assessment

Multiplication table

Please note that pre-requisites must have been completed in the last 5 years. If this is not the case, you will need to take a skills assessment.

Skills assessment dates and times

  • Tuesday, March 5, 1-4pm in B213
  • Thursday, April 11, 1-4pm in B213

Students may attend the assessments without registering. Please arrive 10 minutes early.  If you are unable to attend the assessment times above, please contact Arthur Bakx at abakx@okanagan.bc.ca to schedule an appointment. 

  • Tuesday, February 27 at 1pm (PC 122)
  • Tuesday, March 12 at 1pm (PC 122)
  • Tuesday, April 9 at 1pm (PC 122)

Please contact Mike Rutten at mrutten@okanagan.bc.ca or call 250-492-4305 (ext 3245) for online courses or to schedule an alternate time. 

  • February 22 at 1pm (Room 136)
  • March 21 at 1pm (Room 136)
  • April 25 at 1pm (Room 136)

Individual Assessments:

Please contact the AU Coordinator to set up a time to write the math or English skills assessment.

Coordinator: Amanda Krebs  akrebs@okanagan.bc.ca  250-832-2126

*It is a good idea to speak with an Education Advisor both before and after an AU skills assessment.  Please contact our Salmon Arm education advisors to schedule an appointment. 

  • Tuesday, February 27 at 1:00pm in E202
  • Tuesday, March 12 at 1:00pm in E202
  • Tuesday, April 2 at 1:00pm in E202
  • Tuesday, April 23 at 1:00pm in E202

Please call Simone Palmer at 545-7291 (ext 2221) or email spalmer@okanagan.bc.ca to reserve a space.  Please allow 2 1/2 hours for the assessment.

Upcoming courses

Pathways

Please contact Jessica Morcom jmorcom@okanagan.bc.ca  if you are interested.

See below for Adult Upgrading prerequisites required for each Pathway.

Pathways to Health
Admission Requirements (Adult Upgrading Courses)

Certified Dental Assistant

English 012 (minimum 60%), Biology 012 ( minimum 60%)

Health Care Assistant

English 070 (English 10 equivalent), A science 011 is recommended

Human Service Worker English 012 (minimum 60%)

Pharmacy Technician

English 012 (minimum 60%), Biology 011 or Biology 012 (BC students) (minimum 60%), Math 011 (minimum 60%)

Therapist Assistant

English 012 (minimum 60%), Biology 012, Chemistry 011

   
Pathway to Trades

Math 005  -  Trades Entrance Assessment Preparation Course OR Math 070

When can I start courses?

Start dates vary depending on where you would like to study. 

  • Penticton: September, January and May
  • Kelowna: September, January, May and July
  • Vernon: September, January and May
  • Salmon Arm: September, January and May

Note: some English and Math classes have continuous intakes, so you can register at any time.

Certificates/Diploma

Fundamental Level Certificate

This level is for students wishing to improve their basic skills or to prepare for the Intermediate Level program.

Intermediate Level Certificate

This level prepares students for the Advanced Level program or for entry into post-secondary programs that have an admission requirement of Grade 10 or equivalent.

Advanced Level Certificate

This level prepares students for the Provincial Level and, with completion of English 012, for entry into many post-secondary programs that have an admission requirement of Grade 12 or equivalent.

Provincial Level Diploma

This is the highest level of the Adult Basic Education program and requires rigorous study. The Provincial Level prepares students for admission to post-secondary programs. The student who completes this level is eligible for a British Columbia Adult Graduation Diploma. Students should consult an Educational Advisor and carefully select their courses if they plan further study at the post-secondary level.

English courses available in Fall 2023/Winter 2024

Students must have completed the prerequisites for English courses within the five years prior to the start date for the ABE English course in which they wish to register. Any student not meeting this requirement will be required to write the AU English skills assessment. An interview may also be conducted to help determine the appropriate level.

Fundamental

  • English 40 (41/42)
  • English 50 (51/52)
  • English 60 (61/62)

Intermediate

  • English 70 (71/72)

Advanced

  • English 80 (81/82)

Provincial

  • English 12

Science courses available in Fall 2023/Winter 2024

Students must have completed the prerequisites for English and Math courses within the five years prior to the start date for the ABE Science course in which they wish to register. Any student not meeting this requirement will be required to write the AU English and Math skills assessment.

  • Biology 11 and Biology 12
  • Chemistry 11 and Chemistry 12
  • Physics 11 and Physics 12

Math courses available in Fall 2023/Winter 2024

Students must have completed the prerequisites for Math courses within the five years prior to the start date for the ABE 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 readiness to enter their desired course.

Self-paced courses:

Fundamental

  • Math 40 (41/42)
  • Math 50 (51/52)
  • Math 60 (61/62)

Intermediate/Developmental

  • Math 70 (71/72)
  • Math 80 (84/85)

Instructor-led courses:

Developmental (equivalent to Math 080 - Instructor led)

  • Introductory Algebra 11

Advanced

  • Math 11

Provincial

  • Math 12

Elective courses available in Fall 2023/Winter 2024

  • Computer Studies 60
  • Computer Studies 70
  • Computer Studies 11
  • Social Studies 11
  • Law 12
  • Psychology 12
  • Education and Career Planning 12

Tutoring

  • All 果酱视频 campuses offer FREE tutoring for community members who are 19 or older.
  • Get 1-on-1 help with basic reading, writing or math skills with a volunteer tutor. 
  • Join anytime between September and May.

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