College Connections

This program prepares students who have completed their Grade 12 graduation requirements, or are in the process of completing, to succeed at a college level.  All courses emphasize study skill development and college level academic skills. Students choose College Connections because they want to increase their self-confidence and ensure they have the right academic foundations.

College Connections offers a supportive, Aboriginal, friendly environment where students can put those foundations in place, develop their potential and explore what education has to offer.  Graduates go on to degree programs in colleges and universities or in certificate and diploma programs at the NEC Native Education College and other community colleges.

Program Content

The program works in cooperation with the Aboriginal Adult Basic Education program where students must take, if they have not already completed the equivalent courses elsewhere, English 12 and one of Biology 12 (Human Body) or Biology 12 (Ecology).
To receive a College Connections Certificate of Completion, students must also complete:

  • Algebra 12
  • and either Chemistry or Physics 12. 

If they have not already completed the grade 11 level of the subject they must take that as well:

  • Algebra 11
  • Algebra 12
  • Chemistry 11
  • Chemistry 12
  • Physics 11
  • Physics 12

To receive a College Connections Certificate of Completion, students must complete at least three of the following five bridging courses:

  • English Writing
  • Academic Reading
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Academic Math
  • Living & Learning

Please note: All Classes offered are dependent upon enrolment numbers.

Entrance Requirements

  • Submit an application.
  • High School Transcripts showing completion of Grade 12 requirements

Post Admission

  • Educational Plan developed with Student Advisor


September (Fall Semester)
January (Winter Semester)
April (Spring Semester)

Program Cost

There are no tuition fees for the AABE courses that are required for the College Connections Program. The Bridging Courses (Academic Reading, English Writing, Aboriginal Studies, Academic Math and Living & Learning) are $700 per course. The book costs are dependent upon the classes the student registers into. The follow fees apply to the CCP: Registration Fees: $50.00 Graduation Fees: $10.00 Student Association Fees: $10.00 Student Record and Archiving Fee: $5.00

Course Descriptions

ABST 001
Aboriginal Studies                

The course is based on the perspectives and world views of the people of First Nations, Metis and Inuit ancestry from a Canadian and BC viewpoint. Students are given the opportunity to study various indigenous groups in the world. The course will touch on the traditional beliefs and customs of Aboriginal groups and the issues, conflicts, and changes that have impacted Aboriginal society, including social, economic, financial, and political factors. The course provides a basis of knowledge through an interdisciplinary approach to sociology, psychology, political science, anthropology & history.

CHEM 061/071
Chemistry 11                

Students examine the role of chemistry in the world using laboratory experiments to make discoveries about the composition and behaviour of matter.  Chemistry skills such as problem solving and proportional thinking can be applied in many areas of life.

CHEM 083/093
Chemistry 12                

This course is required for technology,  health and environmental careers. It challenges students to understand the invisible world of chemicals that make up our bodies and everything that surrounds us.  An emphasis on equilibrium includes topics such as oxidation-reduction reactions and pH balance.  There is also an introduction to organic chemistry.

ENGL 001
English Writing                

An intensive and comprehensive review and skill development course in the language arts. The course assesses areas where students need improvement and provides the English skills needed to begin a post-secondary program. Students prepare to write the Language Proficiency Index tests that may be required for college entrance. There is a focus on research papers, test-taking skills and grammar.  Cross cultural communication and English as a Second Language issues are explored.

ENGL 002
Academic Reading            

Reading is a basis of learning and communicating.  College students need to be expert at gathering information through reading newspapers, magazines, academic journals, textbooks and literature.  Technical reading involves learning new words and memorizing and understanding technical terminology.  Internet research in the humanities and sciences will provide practice in sorting through the huge amount of information now available to students.

MATH 001
Academic Math                 

The course provides the mathematical background required for university courses in mathematics for the natural and social sciences. It reviews basic algebra and trigonometry and introduces calculus and statistics.  In addition to providing skills for fields such as management, engineering and the social sciences, the course challenges and develops abstract thinking skills.

MATH 061/071(A)

Topics include polynomials, quadratic equations, inequalities, graphing and trigonometry. This course will develop analytical thinking skills for students who plan to go on to college or university programs. The course may be offered as two half courses which should be taken in sequence.

MATH 083/093
Algebra 12                

Students learn logarithms, advanced trigonometry, linear inequalities, complex numbers, sequences and series, problem solving and introductory calculus.  This course is required for students entering university level science and engineering programs as well as those seeking degrees in business administration.

PHYS 061/071
Physics 11                

Students will develop a scientific way of knowing and an understanding of technological change. The focus on energy and movement will include topics such as velocity, acceleration, electricity, magnetism and heat with an emphasis on practical applications in the workplace and our daily lives. 

PHYS 081/091
Physics 12                

Through classroom and laboratory activities, students will use dynamics to examine energy conservation, electrostatics, electromagnetism, vibrations and waves. Special topics include Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and an introduction to quantum mechanics and study skills to undertake further education.