Are you happy in your professional life right now? If the answer isn’t clear, it’s important to remember that you have the power to switch up the gears in your career.
Sure, the fear of change is real, and then there’s the affordability issue — let’s face it, nobody wants to pursue a program that’s going to leave them broke while living in Vancouver.
Well, we have good news. The Vancouver School Board’s (VSB) Adult Education program offers free courses to eligible individuals.
Interested in pursuing a career as a writer? There’s a Creative Writing course. Maybe working with numbers is more your jam? There’s an Accounting course. Is working in a Law firm in your future? Yep, there’s a course in law, too.
The Ministry of Education provides funding to make Adult Education classes free of charge to eligible learners.
Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and convention refugees who have not graduated from high school, as well as students who have graduated but are still under 19, are eligible to take any course tuition-free.
Those who have already graduated from school and are over 19 can take core classes in the fundamentals — English, Math, and Science — for free.
Courses in other subject areas are $550 per course.
Flexibility is a huge part of VSB Adult Education, which is why students can choose between a self-paced program or a classroom setting. If mornings work better for you, that’s no problem. The same goes for afternoon and evening classes, or classes on Saturday. You choose what works best for your schedule.
Courses are offered five times per year, and you can complete a course within as little as nine weeks.
Need high school credit courses as prerequisites for your post-secondary program? You can take these courses through Adult Education while you’re attending a post-secondary institution at the same time.
Wondering what the students think of the whole thing? We spoke with Lance Tuazon, a Pre-Calculus and English Adult Education student at South Hill Education Centre to find out.
Tuazon’s main reason for joining the program was to upgrade his education for college.
“What I really like about this program is that they really emphasize the learning; they really focus on building you; they help you through assignments; they even gave me some advice to go to college, and what I should take, and what I should do [for my future],” he told Daily Hive.
In Vancouver, Adult Education classes are located in three different locations: South Hill Education Centre, Gathering Place Education Centre, and the Canuck Family Education Centre in Britannia Secondary, so there’s sure to be one near you.
This time of the year provides the perfect opportunity to get your head in the books and learn a new skill — after all, it’s almost always raining outside. There’s no time like the present to expand your skills and life perspectives. Visit the VSB Adult Education website now to get your studies started.