August 8, 2017 3:50 pm
RELEASE DATE: August 8, 2017
The British Columbia government is eliminating tuition fees on Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English Language Learning (ELL) programs, giving College of New Caledonia students the opportunity to upgrade their education and skills every year.
“We’re thrilled to be able to offer Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning programs tuition-free starting September 1, 2017,” says Executive Vice President Academic, Applied Research & Students, Jay Notay. “We’re aware that about three quarters of CNC students go on to complete another program at the College after completing ABE courses, and this doesn’t account for those programs they enroll in at other institutions, so we’re pleased to be able to support their learning and success.”
Today’s government announcement reverses action in 2015 to charge tuition fees for ABE and ELL learners. Under that 2015 policy, Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning fees were set by each institution throughout the province up to a maximum of $1,600 per semester of full-time studies, the equivalent of the average cost of tuition for an arts and science undergraduate program. Enrolment in Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning programs subsequently dropped almost 35% from 10,244 full-time equivalent spaces in 2013-14 to 6,692 full-time equivalent spaces in 2016-17, in educational institutions province-wide.
“CNC is prepared to accommodate any increase in applicants as a result of this announcement,” said Chad Thompson, Dean, School of University Studies and Career Access. “And for those who have registered and already paid the tuition, the College will refund those eligible.”
“Close to 40% of our Adult Basic Education applicants are Aboriginal learners,” said Director of Aboriginal Education, Marlene Erickson. “This decision will help further our strategic plan that supports Aboriginal students to participate, complete and be successful in CNC courses and programs.”
Registration is now available for tuition-free Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning starting September 1, 2017.
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