Advanced Skills Certificate (ASC) Program

Campus Vernon (Feb, Sep), Penticton (Feb, Sep), Salmon Arm (Feb, Sep), Kelowna (Feb, Sep)
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Program Highlights

Adult Special Education programs allow students with learning difficulties to study basic literacy, math, communication, workplace awareness and other life skills.

Tuition and Fees

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Program Details

This full-time, two-year program is for students who have successfully completed the Basic Skills Certificate - B (BSCB) program, have demonstrated continued growth in their learning, and are committed to full-time attendance. ASC students are expected to demonstrate maturity, independence, and personal responsibility as learners and members of the OC community. In the Advanced Skills Certificate (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.


Admission Requirements

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.


Program Outline

Core courses:
LSIN 011B Literacy - English 2
LSIN 011A Numeracy - Mathematics 2
LSIN 020 Human Relations
The 9 remaining courses will be Electives from the following list:
LSIN 012 Basic Computer Skills
LSIN 015 Express Yourself
LSIN 016 Writing Your Life
LSIN 018 Literacy - Workplace Awareness 2
LSIN 022 Rights and Responsibilities
LSIN 023 Health and Safety
LSIN 027 Social Communication
LSIN 029 Consumer Awareness
LSIN 030 Cooking
LSIN 034 Banking and Budgeting
LSIN 036 General Science
LSIN 037 History of People with Intellectual Disabilities in BC
BEST (or PACE) graduates will use the following 4 BEST courses interchangeably for 4 ASC courses.
BEST Course ASC Course
BEST 101 Communication and Personal Awareness
BEST 102 Workplace Skills
BEST 104 Job Search and Customer Service Skills
BEST 103 Employment and Interpersonal Skills
PACE Course ASC Course
LSPM 004 Workplace Interpersonal Skills B
LSPM 001 Strategies for Success A
LSPM 005 Career Exploration
Any other PACE course 1 elective

Students are required to complete 3 core courses and 9 electives (12 courses in total). 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 each campus. Eligible students will be able to enter at the beginning of any semester if space is available. ASE courses are skills based and 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. Students are able to retake courses up to 3 times. Students will have a maximum of four years to complete the program (except under special circumstances, upon recommendation of the department and with permission of the Dean).

Special Circumstances:

Under special circumstances students will be allowed to take longer than four years to complete their program. Circumstances may include:
  • Lengthy illness - supported by medical documentation
  • Disability-related barriers (mobility/strength/ability to sustain work focus) which necessitate a slower pace
  • Lack of available courses at the campus
Program note: 

Students may choose to retake a course up to 3 times through consultation with the instructor and permission of the department and dean. The following factors will apply:

  • There is space. Priority will be given to students who require the course to complete their program.
  • The course content is appropriate for the student at this stage of their learning.
  • The course load is reasonable
  • They are not over the 12 courses needed for graduation



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