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.

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.

Contact our Student Advisor for more info or Click here for printable version of AABE Program Outline.

Program Summary

Tuition & Fees per Semester


1 to 4 terms depending on assessment

 Tuition*  $0


September, January, or April

 Fees  $150.00


5 courses in Adult Basic Education

 Books*  $0


BC Adult Graduation Diploma

 UPass  $172.00


Part-time or Full-time



Mon-Fri, 9am-4 pm

 Total Cost  $322.00


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 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 


For more information, please contact:

Admissions Department
(604) 873-3772 Ext. 328