The Aboriginal Adult Basic Education (formerly known as the Adult Dogwood), program prepares students for post-secondary education. AABE is accredited by the Ministry of Advanced Education and affiliated with the Vancouver Community College. This program incorporates an Indigenous perspective through offering Cultural Studies, Self-Government, and First Nation Studies. Our Provincial Level English courses use literature completed by Indigenous authors to provide a cultural and philosophical worldview. After completing this program, graduates will meet the Grade 12 prerequisite requirements for post-secondary education.

Graduation requirements include the successful completion of five courses in Adult Basic Education.

Contact our Student Advisor for more info.



2017 Fall Classes

Classes begin on September 5, 2017. Register today!

Please note: The courses offered each semester depend on enrollment. The NEC Native Education College reserves the right to make any changes to scheduled courses as necessary, including cancellation.


Program Summary


1 to 4 terms depending on assessment


September, January, or April


5 courses in Adult Basic Education


BC Adult Graduation Diploma


Part-time or Full-time


Mon-Fri, 9am-4 pm


Meets Grade 12 prerequisite requirements for post-secondary education


Prerequisite for Post-Secondary

The Aboriginal Adult Basic Education program meets the prerequisite requirements for post-secondary education. For more info, please see the BC Adult Graduation Diploma website or contact our Student Advisor.


Career Path

Our graduates continue their post-secondary education at Native Education College by taking one of the certificate or diploma programs, including:

  • Health Care Assistant
  • Aboriginal Justice Studies
  • Family and Community Counselling


Admission Requirements

  • 18 years old or older
  • High school transcript
  • Completed CAAT assessment
  • Interview with Program Coordinator


Tuition & Fees


$600.00 per course or $1,600.00 maximum









Total Cost

$1,439.00 to $2,439.00

*Please note:

  • Tuition: $600.00 per course, or $1,600.00 for 3 or more courses
  • Books: Approximately $500.00 per term


For more information, contact:

Admissions Department
604.873.3772 Ext.328