The Basic Skills Certificate Fundamentals- (BSCA-F) Program is a 10-month program which supports students in an individualized course of study to achieve their educational and personal development goals. This program is for students who wish to develop academic and independent living skills. Program content includes courses which focus on basic English and math skills, interpersonal and self-management skills, and skills for increasing independence.
Age Requirement: Applicants must be at least 19 years of age or be at least 18 years of age and have been out of the public school system for at least 12 months or have a school-leaving certificate. Any applicant not meeting the age requirements must be recommended for admission by a secondary school principal or counselor and be interviewed by the ASE Admissions Committee. The recommendation and interview information of the underage applicant will be referred to the Dean. The applicant will be admitted only if approved by the Dean and space is available. In cases of underage admission, continued registration and attendance is dependent on the achievement of specific educational and behavioural standards outlined in an individual performance contract.
General Requirements: All students must participate in an intake interview with the ASE Admissions Committee.All students must:
- Complete a reading and math assessment
- Demonstrate the ability to learn and participate in a group setting
- Demonstrate emotional stability- have no behavioural or emotional problems that would significantly interfere with the learning or safety of self or others
- Demonstrate a commitment to learning
- Have a documented learning difficulty
Eligibility for admission is based on evidence of the above requirements being demonstrated in the assessment interview and must include at least two of the following (students must provide documentation at their own effort and expense):
- Psycho-educational assessment
- Records of previous participation in special or supported programs in a public institution or school (ex: IEP or school transcript)
- Documentation of disability from a physician or medical specialist
- Referral from Community Living BC (CLBC)
- Recommendation from an instructor in the Okanagan College Adult Upgrading Department, another college, or high school
- Referral from a community agency
Students must achieve a minimum passing grade of 50% in each course with an overall average of 70%.
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