It?s Never Too Late to Finish High School or Upgrade Skills

The world of 2004 is a sophisticated place and even the most basic, entry-level positions in society require a higher level of skills than was the case a mere ten years ago. Today?s workers are expected to have excellent reading, communication and math skills, be able to use a computer and have a general knowledge of the physical, natural and social sciences. People lacking this often feel left behind and lost.

The good news is it?s never too late to finish high school or upgrade your skills and the Adult Basic Education Department at Northern Lights College is the place to go to do this. Beginning in September, the Tumbler Ridge Campus will offer both day and evening options for students. More good news is ? upgrading is tuition-free.

The adult basic education program is divided into four levels: Fundamental (Grade 8/9), Intermediate (Grade 10), Advanced (Grade 11) and Provincial (Grade 12). Within each level there are a number of required courses and as a student progresses through the levels, the kinds of course offerings available increase. For example, at the advanced level you may study accounting, and at the provincial level geography and law are offered. A fifth upgrading option, the General Educational Development (GED) is also available. The GED prepares you to write comprehensive tests in five subject areas which, if successfully done, earns the student high school equivalency.

How do you get started? The first thing to do is to decide if you are ready to make a commitment to yourself to continue your education. It can be hard to return to school especially if you are juggling a job and family responsibilities. The good news is that lots of people have done it. With some planning, commitment and support, adult students are generally excellent students. In fact, they are often surprised at how well they do. The second thing to do is to call or drop in to Northern Lights College and ask to speak to the Student Services Counsellor. This person will explain the process, administer the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) to help determine the level at which you should begin, and introduce you to the Instructors. From there an education work plan is developed, text books are assigned and you are on your way. Because of the self-directed, continuous intake structure of the program, a student may begin at any time. Self-directed learning does not mean that you work alone and in isolation however. It simply means that you begin at a level that is appropriate for you and that you progress at your own pace. The Instructors are always there to guide and assist.

For more information, please call the college: 242-5591.