CNC Ready to Provide Tuition-free ABE, ESL Programming
Prince George, B.C. – The College of New Caledonia has reacted to the provincial government’s decision to scrap tuition fees for Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning programs.
The decision was made earlier today by NDP Premier John Horgan at Victoria’s Camosun College.
“We’re thrilled to be able to offer Adult Basic Education and English Learning programs tuition-free starting Sept.1, 2017,” says executive vice president academic, applied research and students Jay Notay.
“We’re aware that about three quarters of CNC students go on to complete another program at the College after completing ABE courses, and this doesn’t account for those programs they enroll in at other institutions, so we’re pleased to be able to support their learning and success.”
“CNC is prepared to accommodate any increase in applicants as a result of this announcement,” added Chad Thompson, dean, school of university studies and career access. “And for those who have registered and already paid the tuition, the College will refund those eligible.”
The College says close to 40 per cent of ABE applicants are Aboriginal learners and notes the decision will help further their strategic plan that supports Aboriginal students participate and succeed at CNC.
Horgan announced his government would be reversing the BC Liberal policy announced in 2015.
The government says under that policy, ABE and ESL fees were set by each institution up to a maximum of $1,600 per semester for full-time studies.
As a result, the NDP says enrolment dropped almost 35 per cent from 10,244 full-time equivalent students in 2013-14 to 6,692 in 2016-17.
Horgan said the cost to accommodate the change will be included in the government’s budget update in September.