AABEProgram Description

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 by 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.

Please note: The courses offered each semester depending 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

*Effective September 1, 2017, Adult Basic Education is tuition-free at Native Education College and 18 other post-secondary institutions in British Columbia.

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.

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

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

Tuition & Fees per Semester

Tuition: $0
Fees: $150.00
Books: $0
UPass: $172.00
Total Cost: $322.00


For more information, please contact:

Admissions Department
(604) 873-3772 Ext. 328