Adult Special Education programs allow students with cognitive challenges to move from basic literacy, math, interpersonal, and self-management skills, to creative and self-expression, workplace awareness, employment-specific competencies, and employability.
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The Advanced Skills Certificate (ASC) Program supports students who have completed the Basic Skills Certificate- B (BSCB) Program, have demonstrated continued growth in their learning and wish to continue their post-secondary education. ASC students are expected to demonstrate maturity, independence, and personal responsibility as learners and members of the Okanagan College community.
In the ASC Program, course work continues to focus on literacy and math skills, self- management and interpersonal skills, creativity and self-expression, workplace awareness, and skills for increasing independence. Students will have a maximum of three years to complete the program (under special circumstances, recommendation of the department and with the permission of the Dean this maximum may increase).
Courses are scheduled from Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Successful completion of the BSCB Certificate.
Eligible students must have the recommendation of the department based on previous student demonstration of continued academic growth and maturity.
Students are required to complete 12 courses, 9 of which are core courses and 3 of which are electives. Courses within the ASC program are not in a required sequence. Courses will be offered in a variety of combinations and a variety of lengths at different centres. Eligible students will be able to enter at the beginning of any semester if space is available.
ASE courses are skills based and are adjusted to meet individual student need. Course work begins at each student’s level of competency. Skills aimed at and achieved will vary according to the needs, goals, and abilities of the students. To continue skills development, and to complete the ASC program, students are required to take core courses more than once.
Students may attend full-time (three courses per semester) or part-time in order to accommodate the needs of students for whom part-time participation is most appropriate. Students will have a maximum of three years to complete the ASC Program. Under special circumstances, recommendation of the department and with permission of the Dean, students will be allowed to take longer than three years to complete their program.
Circumstances may include:
- Lengthy illness - supported by medical documentation
- Lack of available courses
Students who lack appropriate documentation may be admitted conditionally on the recommendation of the instructor with permission of the Department Chair.
In cases of conditional admission, continued registration and attendance is dependent on the achievement of specific educational and behavioural standards as outlined in an individual performance contract.
A student who is non-verbal or multi-disabled and requires special accommodations can only be accepted into the program when those specific accommodation needs have been addressed and met. The student may be required to attend with a qualified support person who will be required to participate in a learning contract.
ASC Students must complete: (courses are taken more than once)
- Three semesters of anycombination of LSIN 011BLiteracy - English 2 LSIN 013 Literacy -English 3 LSIN 016Writing Your Life LSIN 018 Literacy - Workplace Awareness 2 LSIN 019 Literacy - Workplace Awareness 3
- One semester of either LSIN 018 Literacy - WorkplaceAwareness 2 or LSIN 019 Literacy - WorkplaceAwareness 3
Up to 2 semesters of Mathematics 2 may be replaced by two semesters of LSIN 034 Banking and Budgeting.
- One semester of LSIN 020 Human Relations
- Three required electives
Additional courses of LSIN 016 Writing you Life and LSIN 032 Banking and Budgeting May be counted as two of the required electives.
Additional electives will be available at some campuses. Students may choose up to four additional electives on permission of the department if:
- There is space. Priority will be given tostudents who require this course tocomplete their program.The course content is appropriate for the student at this stage of learning.
- The course load is reasonable for this student given their circumstances and disability/abilities and will not cause overload/burnout.
- Addition of this course does not make contact hours exceed 24 hours per week.
Additional electives will be available at some centres. Students may choose to take up to four optional electives on permission of the department. The department will consider the following:
If there is space, priority will be given to students who require this course to complete their program.
If the course content is appropriate for the student at this stage of their learning.
If the course load is reasonable for this student given their circumstances and disability/abilities and will not cause overload/burnout.
If addition of this course does not make contact hours exceed 24 hours per week.
Completion of 9 core courses and 3 electives (12 courses in total). Courses must be completed within a maximum of three years unless there are special circumstances, recommendation of the department and approval of the Dean. Students must achieve a minimum passing grade of 60% in each course with an overall average of 75%.
Graduating or past PACE students may use the following 6 LSPM courses as replacements for the following 6 ASC courses where up to 2 ASC courses are still required to graduate from the Advanced Skills Certificate (ASC) Program.
|ASC Course||PACE Course|
|One of Literacy Workplace Awareness II or III||LSPM Career Exploration|
|Two Human Relations courses||LSPM 003 Workplace Interpersonal Skills A and LSPM 004 Workplace Interpersonal Skills B|
|One of Literacy English II or III||LSPM 001 Strategies for Success A|
|Two Electives||LSPM 022 Strategies for Success B and LSPM 007 Working World A or LSPM 008 Working World B|
Note to Students:
Students must apply for admission to the ASC (Advanced Skills Certificate) Program before the beginning to their final semester of BSCB. Students have a maximum of three years to complete the ASC Program.
Completion of nine core courses and three electives (12 courses). Courses must be completed within a maximum of two years unless there are special circumstances and approval of the department. Students must achieve a minimum passing grade of 60% in each course with an overall minimum average of 75%.
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