VCC opens door for free academic upgrading and high school courses

    VANCOUVER, Nov. 6 /CNW/ - VCC is inviting students who want to finish
high school or improve their grades for entrance to post-secondary programs to
register now for tuition-free classes scheduled to begin in January.
    The move towards free tuition follows a September Ministry of Education
announcement to implement a key recommendation of the provincial government's
Campus 2020 report, designed to shape post-secondary learning for the next 10
to 20 years.
    "Tuition-free access allows VCC to help more adult learners as they take
advantage of our growing economy, whether or not they've graduated from high
school," says Linda Martin, interim president. "We're the largest and most
experienced college offering upgrading, and we ladder the training into trades
and apprenticeship opportunities as well as university transfer courses."
    Courses offered on a tuition-free basis include basic education to
Grade 12 and may be taken days or evenings. Students can choose self-paced
learning with one-on-one instructor contact or classroom instruction.
    "VCC offers a complete range of delivery choices to suit the schedule and
lifestyle of its students," says dean of arts and sciences Stephanie Jewell.
"Our students have a high success rate because our learning environment is
designed to accommodate the educational needs of adult learners."
    In accordance with the Ministry announcement, adult learners may also
receive additional support to help pay for books, transportation and
childcare. The funds are available through the campus financial office as
non-repayable grants.
    More than 2,000 students are currently enrolled in courses to complete
high school or upgrade their standing for entrance into post-secondary

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For further information: Media can contact: Beverly Pausche,
Communications Officer, Tel: (604) 871-7092

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