Back to school not just for the kids

Adults can also go back to school to upgrade their skills, and thanks to the Ministry of Education’s changes to the adult graduation requirements in B.C., the course load can be a lot less overwhelming.

  • Sep. 13, 2011 8:00 a.m.

It is time for the bell to sound and students to take their place at their desk, but not all of those students are kids.

Adults can also go back to school to upgrade their skills, and thanks to the Ministry of Education’s changes to the adult graduation requirements in B.C., the course load can be a lot less overwhelming.

Prior learning and previous life experience or learning with a demonstration of ability can give course credits for mature students.

Locally, the Fort St. James Adult Centre can provide an opportunity for mature students to obtain their Grade 12 Dogwood Diploma and other skills including business skills and other employment-related programs, including basic computer courses for people with no previous computer knowledge or experience. The course helps overcome fears and frustrations associated with newcomers to computers.

The programs are free and only require time and commitment on the part of the students. Mature students get to work independently at their own pace, full or part time.

Staff are available to answer questions or help students decide what programs and courses might work for them Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., but closed from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. for lunch.

The centre is located on the second floor of the Goodwin Building, and can be reached at 250-996-7712.

 

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