CNC is excited to offer free Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English Language Learning (ELL) programs once again.
Premier John Horgan announced yesterday that the government will be scrapping tuition fees for English language and adult education programs. It reverses the action set in 2015, which allowed Institutions to charge students up to $1,600 per semester for the courses.
“In 2015 when tuition fees were in place for some of these programs, across the province there was a 35% reduction in registrations,” says Alyson Gourley-Cramer, the Executive Director of Communications at CNC. “So we are really looking forward to seeing those registrations increase, and we are able to accommodate those again at all 6 campuses of the college. We know that up to 75% of students who take these upgrading courses typically go onto other CNC programs. That doesn’t even take into account the programs they take at other Institutions. So really an investment in their future.”
The Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society (IMSS) also offers free English Language Learning programs. IMSS services about 1,000 immigrants each year, and is in support of the additional free resource.
“It’s [tuition] a pretty big amount for the newcomers when they come to this country, they don’t have that much money when they move here,” says Ravi Saxena, the Executive Director of IMSS. “It’s very important for the newcomers to learn English because first of all it can build up their confidence. They get better job opportunities. Not only that, they can share their feelings, culture and thoughts with the community. English is an international language so they have to know it.”