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These life-changing courses can help you further your education and expand your future

Take the time this summer to further your educational journey by enrolling in Adult Education courses offered by the Vancouver School Board.
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The summer months offer a great opportunity for you to expand your horizons. For one, you can choose to spend your free time on furthering your learning potential and educational journey.

The Vancouver School Board’s Adult Education courses are a valuable option for Canadian citizens, new immigrants, and most Convention refugees. With students coming from diverse backgrounds, everyone has different intentions and goals for enrolling, whether they’re looking to improve their grades, finish their high school diploma, expand their knowledge, upgrade their skills, or broaden their life perspectives.

To learn more about the impact of Adult Education, listen to the success stories of former and current students of the programs:

18-year-old Lance Tuazon, Pre-Calculus and English Adult Education student, wanted to upgrade his education for college and discovered the Adult Education program through the help of his secondary school counsellor. “What I really like about this program is that they really emphasize the learning; they really focus on building you; they help you through assignments; they even gave me some advice to go to college, and what I should take, and what I should do [for my future],” said Lance on how the program helped him prepare for post-secondary studies.

For Linda Li, enrolling in Adult Education as a Canadian newcomer has been a tremendous difference in supporting her with her English skills. Upon moving to Canada, the language barrier has been the biggest struggle. She has been studying English Foundations for a year at South Hill Secondary and is continuing to work on her goals to speak English fluently and to write well-structured academic sentences.

“I want to continue studying English and further [my] education. I want to upgrade my language abilities, so I can do more volunteer jobs for society. I want to upgrade myself,” Linda says.

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Most Vancouver School Board Adult Education courses are funded by the Ministry of Education. Most courses are tuition free for Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and refugees or refugee claimants who have not completed secondary school graduation or are a secondary school graduate under 19. Additionally, graduated adults over 19 years old can take English, Math and Science related courses tuition free.

The Adult Education program is offered five times a year (usually nine-week courses, and a five-week course in the summer). Students can attend classes in the morning, afternoon, evening and/or on Saturdays, with options to attend structured classes, self-paced programs, or a combination of both. This flexible approach to learn allows for students to accommodate their studies in a way that best suits their individual needs and lifestyles.

Students can choose to attend programs at three different locations in Vancouver: South Hill Education Centre, Gathering Place Education Centre or if eligible, the Canuck Family Education Centre at Britannia Secondary.

From July 2 to August 5, classes will be offered for a 5-week term with a few hours of instruction a day. Subjects available this summer include English Foundations, Math Foundations, Pre-Calculus, English Studies 12, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology 12, and more.

Prospective Adult Education students can start registering for the summer term in June or inquire now for the fall term intake in September.

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