Aboriginal Adult Basic Education


Credential: Graduation Diploma  Ι  Credits: 5 courses in Adult Basic Education  Ι  Offered: Sept, Jan, or April

Program 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.


For more information, contact:

Admissions Department
(604) 873-3772 Ext. 328


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

Apply Online

In-Person:  235 East 5th Avenue, Vancouver BC.
(We are located just off Main Street)

By Fax: Download an application and fax to our admissions office at (604) 873-1440

Online: Complete and submit your Online Application

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.

Admission Requirements


Program Summary

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






Length: 1 to 4 terms depending on assessment

Offered: September, January, or April

Credits: 5 courses in Adult Basic Education

Credential: BC Adult Graduation Diploma

Format: Part-time or Full-time

Schedule: Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm

Transferability: 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.

Tuition & Fees per Semester

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