BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

College Readiness


Department: Academic/Career Preparation
Program Delivery Location: Merritt, Community Based
Credential: BC Adult Graduation Diploma
Format: Full-Time, Part-Time 
Start Dates: September, January, May

College Readiness

The College Readiness program offers courses designed to help adults obtain prerequisite skills for entry to NVIT career/technical and/or academic programs. College Readiness is designed for the adult learner who did not complete high school or who needs to review high school level academic skills before advancing to post-secondary level study. Courses in the program help students to develop skills in reading, writing, study skills, mathematics and science at fundamental through provincial levels (literacy/numeracy through grade 12).


With a focus on helping students apply effective learning and study skills to the development of academic competencies various instructional approaches and methods are used. Students receive regular feedback about their progress and are given helpful guidance along the way. Instructors and instructional support professionals are available to provide on-going individual help and support. A primary goal is to help students to develop and achieve their own learning potential, to take control of their learning and to know how to access support.


Some of the College Readiness courses are offered during evening sessions. Many of the classes fill quickly and as such interested students are encouraged to register early for courses!

For information regarding scheduling and course availabilitycontact the department head.


Admission Requirements


Applicants are subject to general NVIT admission requirements. All students who apply for admission to the CR program are assessed in reading, writing, and mathematical skill areas. Applicants may need to meet with an Academic Planner to determine placement into courses at levels appropriate to their current abilities based on the results of these assessments. Applicants should complete assessments and registration before the first day of classes.

Notes:


College Readiness courses are tuition-free. However, students must pay the applicable Student Activity fees and associated lab fees in computer and science courses (see Fee Schedule). Adult learners who need financial assistance for books and other expenses and who do not qualify for social agency funding may apply to the Adult Basic Education Student Assistance Program (ABESAP). Please direct ABESAP inquires to the Financial/Academic Planners. A number of social/government agencies also sponsor or assist students.

Courses within this program can be used to qualify a student for the BC Adult Graduation Diploma, which is the adult student equivalent of a High School Diploma. For more information about eligibility, please refer to the BC Adult Graduation Diploma information www.bced.gov.bc.ca or speak with the department head.


College Readiness courses at NVIT are provincially articulated and are therefore transferable to other BC post-secondary colleges and institutes.

Qualifying Courses
  • BIOL-050 - General Biology
  • BIOL-060 - Human Biology
  • BIOL-061 - Introduction to Life Sciences
  • CHEM-050 - Advanced Chemistry
  • CHEM-060 - Provincial Level Chemistry
  • COMP-030 - Computer Studies - Fundamental Level
  • COMP-040 - Introduction to Computers
  • COMP-050 - Computer Studies - Advanced Level
  • COMP-060 - Computer Studies - Provincial Level
  • CRLS-050 - College Readiness (Advanced)
  • CRLS-060 - (Provincial) - College Readiness Learning Skills
  • ENGL-020 - Fundamental English - Reading
  • ENGL-030 - Fundamental English - Writing
  • ENGL-040 - Reading Comprehension
  • ENGL-050 - Writing Skills
  • ENGL-054 - Communications for Health Care
  • ENGL-060 - Literature and Composition
  • ENGL-090 - English Seminar
  • INST-050 - Indigenous Studies I
  • INST-060 - Indigenous Studies II
  • MATH-020 - ALFM Level I & II
  • MATH-030 - ALFM LEVEL III & IV
  • MATH-040 - ALFM LEVEL V & VI
  • MATH-041 - Introductory Algebra I
  • MATH-050 - Introduction to Algebra
  • MATH-051 - Intermediate Algebra
  • MATH-053 - Business/Technical Mathematics
  • MATH-055 - Introduction to Algebra II
  • MATH-057 - Intermediate Algebra I
  • MATH-059 - Intermediate Algebra II
  • MATH-060 - Provincial Level Math I
  • MATH-061 - Provincial Level Math II
  • MATH-063 - Algebra & Trigonometry
  • MATH-065 - Calculus
  • NSYL-050 - Nsyilxcen I
  • NSYL-060 - Nsyilxcen II
  • PHYS-050 - Advanced Physics
  • PHYS-060 - Physics - Provincial Level
  • READ-040 - Introductory Reading Skills
  • READ-050 - Basic Reading Skills
  • READ-060 - Provincial Reading Skills
  • SCIE-040 - Science - Intermediate Level
  • SCIE-061 - Ecoliteracy
  • TRAN-050 - Transition I
  • BC Adult Graduation Diploma Completion Plan

    The courses that need to be completed for the Diploma include:

    • ENGL 060 or ENGL 12/English 12 First Peoples; and
    • MATH 057 or 059 or MATH 11; and
    • Three additional qualifying courses at the provincial (Grade 12) level or higher, OR INST 050 and two provincial (Grade 12) level or higher qualifying courses.
  • BIOL-060 - Human Biology
  • CHEM-060 - Provincial Level Chemistry
  • ENGL-060 - Literature and Composition
  • INST-050 - Indigenous Studies I
  • INST-060 - Indigenous Studies II
  • MATH-057 - Intermediate Algebra I
  • MATH-059 - Intermediate Algebra II
  • MATH-060 - Provincial Level Math I
  • MATH-061 - Provincial Level Math II
  • STSC-101 - Strategies for Success 101
  • Course Listing for this program

    BIOL-050 - Credits: 0.000
    General Biology
    This course covers the basic principles of biology, detailing biological processes and diversity with respect to ecology and evolution. BIOL 050 covers the Core Topics for Biology: Advanced Level set out in the A.B.E. B.C. Articulation Handbook http://www.aved.gov.bc.ca/abe/docs/handbook.pdf. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: SCIE 040 / or advisor assessed equivalent or permission of instructor.
    BIOL-060 - Credits: 0.000
    Human Biology
    This BC ABE - Provincial Level biology course focuses on the study of life processes. They are examined from the molecular to the organ system levels. Cell structure and function is studied microscopically and with respect to its biochemistry. The majority of the course concerns itself with human anatomy and physiology with an in-depth study of selected organ systems. These systems are studied macroscopically with functional aspects examined at the molecular level. Laboratory exercises will be an integral part of this course. BIOL 060 covers the Core Topics for Biology: Provincial Level (Human Biology) set out in the A.B.E. B.C. Articulation Handbook http://www.aved.gov.bc.ca/abe/docs/handbook.pdf. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: BIOL 050 / or permission of instructor.
    BIOL-061 - Credits: 0.000
    Introduction to Life Sciences
    This BC ABE - Provincial Level biology course is for students entering the ERT program at NVIT, or who are planning on majoring in general sciences or general biology. The students will be introduced to the fundamentals of living systems, including plant/animal structure and function with emphasis placed on adaptation to changes in the environment. Laboratory work is intended to complement material covered in lectures. BIOL 061 covers the Core Topics for Biology: Provincial Level (Ecology) set out in the A.B.E. B.C. Articulation Handbook http://www.aved.gov.bc.ca/abe/docs/handbook.pdf. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: or permission of instructor. / BIOL 050
    CHEM-050 - Credits: 0.000
    Advanced Chemistry
    Chemistry is an essential part of our everyday world. A knowledge and understanding of its principles is the basis on which applications in health, environment, and industrial development are founded. This chemistry course will foster an understanding of chemistry as a vital part of a sustainable society and provide a basis for further academic and career/vocational training. Topics include measurement, the periodic table, atomic structures, reactions and solutions. CHEM 050 covers the Core Topics for Chemistry: Advanced Level set out in A.B.E. in the B.C. Articulation Handbook http://www.aved.gov.bc.ca/abe/docs/handbook.pdf. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: SCIE 040 / or Science 10 and MATH 057 or Math 11 Foundations or instructor permission.
    CHEM-060 - Credits: 0.000
    Provincial Level Chemistry
    Chemistry is an essential part of our everyday world. A knowledge and understanding of its principles is the basis on which applications in health, environment, and industrial development are founded. This chemistry course will foster an understanding of chemistry as a vital part of a sustainable society and provide a basis for further academic and career/vocational training. Topics include equilibrium, acids and bases, gas laws, and oxidation and reduction. CHEM 060 covers the Core Topics for Chemistry: Provincial Level set out in the A.B.E. B.C. Articulation Handbook http://www.aved.gov.bc.ca/abe/docs/handbook.pdf More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: CHEM 050 / or Chemistry 11 and Math 059 or Math 11 Pre-Calculus or permission of instructor.
    COMP-030 - Credits: 0.000
    Computer Studies - Fundamental Level
    Computers are a pervasive part of daily life in personal, work and educational situations. Computer skills are introduced at the fundamental level to help students gain the confidence to perform basic computer operations. Topics include keyboarding, basic knowledge of computers, word processing and electronic communication. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Instructor permission or advisor assessed equivalent.
    COMP-040 - Credits: 0.000
    Introduction to Computers
    Computers are a pervasive part of daily life in personal, work and educational environments. The goal of an intermediate level computer course is to introduce adult learners to the use of the computer as a tool so that they will become more self-confident and therefore be able to function more efficiently with a computer. Topics include keyboarding, introduction to computers, operating systems, word processing and electronic communications. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: COMP 030 / instructor permission, or advisor assessed equivalent.
    COMP-050 - Credits: 0.000
    Computer Studies - Advanced Level
    The goals of Computer Studies at the Advanced Level are to provide students with a survey of the major applications of computers, to develop an understanding of computers and concepts to aid the students' employment opportunities, personal productivity, and to enable students to acquire skills to contribute to, and participate productively in society. Topics include hardware, system components, memory and storage, input and output, operation, computers in society, word processing and the internet. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: COMP 040 / or instructor permission or advisor assessed equivalent.
    COMP-060 - Credits: 0.000
    Computer Studies - Provincial Level
    The goals for this Provincial Level Computing Studies course will focus on computer applications and developing problem solving/critical thinking skills utilizing computer application software as a tool. Towards this end, project work will be emphasized. Topics can include current technologies, publishing, advanced spreadsheets, database management, networking and programming. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: COMP 050 / or instructor permission or advisor assessed equilvalent.
    CRLS-050 - Credits: 0.000
    College Readiness (Advanced)
    This course is designed to prepare students with the skills to successfully pursue higher education and/or employment. The holistic approach to career preparation ventures around the development of skills that will strengthen each student's personal wellness and learning skills. The curriculum and activities in this course focus on building self-esteem, securing cultural identity, establishing healthy life skills, and acquiring effective learning, study and employment skills. More Details on this course
    CRLS-060 - Credits: 0.000
    (Provincial) - College Readiness Learning Skills
    This course provides students with the necessary knowledge in areas of reading, public speaking, and writing to assist students to become successful at the college academic level. The course covers a variety of topics including personal development, study habits and methodology, and current views of Aboriginal issues from a holistic perspective. The curriculum focuses on cultural history, roles and responsibilities of First Nations in higher education, and the practice of effective learning and study skills. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: or, Advisor assessed equivalent. / CRLS 050 (Advanced)
    ENGL-020 - Credits: 0.000
    Fundamental English - Reading
    This course integrates communicative and adaptive skills to enable students to develop effective strategies for interacting with other people in a variety of situations, for problem solving and for responding to information. Readings allow a student to evaluate personal knowledge and experiences. Additional support is available outside of class. Reading comprehension skills and strategies developed in this course enables students to focus on written communication of information and ideas for future English courses. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Assessed Placement.
    ENGL-030 - Credits: 0.000
    Fundamental English - Writing
    This course will focus on the written communication of information and ideas in a variety of practical situations and in a variety of forms. Core writing skills are developed, specifically grammatical structures, punctuation, spelling and handwriting. Reading skills and strategies developed in English 020 will clearly overlap and compliment those accomplished in this course. General learning skills will continue to be enhanced for students, including communicative skills and adaptive strategies. As with English 020, the course is facilitated by instruction and support to varying degrees. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 020 or Assessed Placement
    ENGL-040 - Credits: 0.000
    Reading Comprehension
    This entry-level English course is designed to introduce students to basic English skills such as sentence construction, grammar, spelling, vocabulary building and speaking. Students will compose paragraphs using First Nations and contemporary issues. Topics may include speaking and listening, reading, research, referencing, and writing. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 9 or, advisor assessed equivalent.
    ENGL-050 - Credits: 0.000
    Writing Skills
    This advanced level course is a grade 11 equivalent focusing on English skills including basic essay format and introductory research skills. Students who have completed advanced level work will have the skills necessary to enter provincial level courses and some vocational, career, and technological programs. Topics may include speaking and listening, reading, research, referencing, and writing. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 040 / English 10, instructor permission or, advisor assessed equivalent.
    ENGL-054 - Credits: 0.000
    Communications for Health Care
    This course is designed as an introduction to the language of anatomy, medicine and health care. In this course students will examine written and oral communication from an integrated approach, drawing on practical and theoretical uses of language in the extended care and medical community. Students will look at health care occupations in BC, as well as study English for communication with co-workers, supervisors and instructors. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 040 / ENGL 10 or, advisor assessed equivalent.
    ENGL-060 - Credits: 0.000
    Literature and Composition
    This Provincial level course is a grade 12 equivalent focusing on various essay types including an introduction to the research essay. Elements of literature are also discussed. Students who have completed provincial level work will have the skills necessary to enter many academic, vocational, career, and technological programs. Topics will include critical and creative thinking, speaking and listening, reading, research and referencing, and written communication. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 050 / English 11, instructor permission or, advisor assessed equivalent.
    ENGL-090 - Credits: 0.000
    English Seminar
    The English seminars are designed as a hybrid instructional model between on-line and face-to-face teaching. The seminars are to assist students in preparing for various types of writing, reading, analyzing, and responding that is expected of the college level student. Students will complete assignments designed to improve their ability to write clearly and correctly, to organize material, use a multi-stage writing process and to carry out basic library research. Students will learn and practice the strategies and processes that successful writers employ as they work to accomplish specific purposes. In college, these purposes include comprehension, instruction, persuasion, investigation, problem resolution, evaluation, and explanation. More Details on this course
    INST-050 - Credits: 0.000
    Indigenous Studies I
    This social history course examines the impacts on First Nations lives during the Colonial Period in Canada covering topics such as the fur trade, railway, gold rush, missionaries, diseases, and role of women, through to the World Wars. More Details on this course
    INST-060 - Credits: 0.000
    Indigenous Studies II
    This course is designed to provide students with a knowledge base and understanding of indigenous peoples. Students will explore how history corresponds to the situation indigenous peoples are currently in. The following themes are included: impacts of colonization, epidemics, settlement, indigenous resistance and survival, and the nation rebuilding processes operating in indigenous communities. Emphasis will be the respective nation in whose territory the course is delivered. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 040 / English 9 or, advisor assessed equivalent. INST 050 recommended.
    MATH-020 - Credits: 0.000
    ALFM Level I & II
    This British Columbia Adult Literacy Fundamental Mathematics (ALFM) Level I and Level II course will give students a strong foundation of basic skills, concepts, mathematical vocabulary, and problem solving strategies to prepare them to meet personal, career or further academic goals. Both Level I and Level II outcomes must be met to satisfy the requirements for this course. Math 020 is the pre-requisite for Math 030. Some of the topics include whole numbers, operations, and estimation. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Permission of instructor or advisor assessed placement.
    MATH-030 - Credits: 0.000
    ALFM LEVEL III & IV
    This British Columbia Adult Literacy Fundamental Mathematics (ALFM) Level III and Level IV course will give students a stronger foundation of basic skills, concepts, mathematical vocabulary, and problem solving strategies to prepare them to meet personal, career or further academic goals. Both Level III and Level IV outcomes must be met to satisfy the requirements for this course. Math 030 is the pre-requisite for Math 040. Some of the topics include whole numbers, operations, decimals and word problems. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: MATH 020 / permission of instructor, or advisor placed assessment.
    MATH-040 - Credits: 0.000
    ALFM LEVEL V & VI
    This British Columbia Adult Literacy Fundamental Mathematics (ALFM) Level V and Level VI course continues in giving students a stronger foundation of basic skills, concepts, mathematical vocabulary, and problem solving strategies to prepare them to meet personal, career or further academic goals. Both Level V and Level VI outcomes must be met to satisfy the requirements for this course. Math 040 is the pre-requisite for Math 041. Some of the topics include whole numbers, operations, decimals, word problems fractions, and dealing with factors. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: MATH 030 / permission of instructor, or advisor assessed placement.
    MATH-041 - Credits: 0.000
    Introductory Algebra I
    The British Columbia ABE Intermediate Level Mathematics course enables adult learners to acquire mathematical knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to enter appropriate higher level courses or to satisfy personal or career goals. MATH 041 is a course that prepares students with the introductory algebraic concepts that must be understood prior to taking MATH 055 or MATH 057. Some of the topics include rational numbers, measurement, ratios and proportions, linear relations, polynomials and algebra. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: MATH 040 / permission of instructor, or advisor assessed equilvalent.
    MATH-050 - Credits: 0.000
    Introduction to Algebra
    MATH 050 is an introductory algebra course intended for students who have not studied algebra but have a firm background in basic mathematics. Topics include real numbers and algebraic expressions, solving equations and inequalities, operations and factoring, graphs of equations and inequalities, systems of equations, quadratics, radical expressions and equations, and trigonometry. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: MATH 041 / F & PC Math 10, advisor assessed equivalent or permission of instructor
    MATH-051 - Credits: 0.000
    Intermediate Algebra
    A continuation of MATH 050 in intermediate Algebra, it completes the requirement for the BC secondary school Pre-Calculus of Math 11 equivalent Algebra course, and prepares students for post-secondary math courses requiring PC Math 11. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: MATH 050 / F and PC Math 10, F Math11; or permission of instructor.
    MATH-053 - Credits: 0.000
    Business/Technical Mathematics
    The British Columbia ABE Advance Level Business/Technical Mathematics course provides the student with practical applications useful in future vocational training, careers, or personal life. MATH 053 can be used as a pre-requisite for MATH 057. Some of the topics include Real numbers, first degree equations and inequalities, graphing, consumer mathematics, finance, data analysis, trigonometry, and algebra. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: MATH 050 / F and PC Math10, instructor permission, advisor assessed equivalent.
    MATH-055 - Credits: 0.000
    Introduction to Algebra II
    The British Columbia ABE Advanced Level - Foundations Mathematics course is a further introductory algebra course intended for students who have studied little to no algebra but have a firm background in basic mathematics. This course provides students with enough algebra, geometry, and/or trigonometry to satisfy grade 11 prerequisites for some vocational, career, technical, and/or further academic programs. MATH 055 can be used as a perquisite for MATH 057. Some of the topics include algebra, linear relations and systems, functions, quadratics, geometry and trigonometry. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: MATH 041 / F and PC Math10, instructor permission or advisor assessed equivalent.
    MATH-057 - Credits: 0.000
    Intermediate Algebra I
    The British Columbia ABE Advanced Level - Developmental Mathematics course provides students with sufficient algebra, geometry, and trigonometry to satisfy grade 11 prerequisites for some vocational, career, technical, and/or further academic programs. MATH 057 is the pre-requisite for MATH 059 Advanced Level Algebraic Mathematics. Some of the topics include linear equations and inequalities, linear systems, polynomials, rational and radical expressions, quadratic and trigonometric equations. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: MATH 055 / at least a C+ in MATH 041, F and PC MATH 10, instructor permission or advisor assessed equivalent.
    MATH-059 - Credits: 0.000
    Intermediate Algebra II
    The British Columbia ABE Advanced Level - Algebraic Mathematics course is a continuation of MATH 057 in intermediate Algebra. It completes the requirement for the BC secondary school Pre-Calculus Math 11 equivalent algebra course and prepares students for post-secondary math courses and programs requiring Pre-Calculus Math 11. Math 059 is the pre-requisite for Math 060 Provincial Level Algebra and Trigonometry. Some of the topics include linear systems of equations and inequalities, functions and their graphs, quadratic, rational, radical, polynomial and trigonometric functions. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: F Math 11, instructor permission or advisor assessed equivalent. / MATH 057
    MATH-060 - Credits: 0.000
    Provincial Level Math I
    This Provincial Math course is designed to prepare students with the necessary algebra and trigonometry skills to undertake programs requiring an Algebra 12 qualification. It encompasses a study of linear, quadratic, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: MATH 051 / PC Math 11, or F Math11.
    MATH-061 - Credits: 0.000
    Provincial Level Math II
    This Provincial Math level math course completes the study of the subject areas necessary for the completion of Precalculus of Math 12. It includes the study of complex numbers, conic sections, arithmetic and geometric sequences and series, an introduction to statistics and an introduction to calculus. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: MATH 060 / F Math12 , or PC Math 11.
    MATH-063 - Credits: 0.000
    Algebra & Trigonometry
    The British Columbia ABE Provincial Level - Algebra and Trigonometry course provides adult learners with the knowledge and skills in algebra and trigonometry necessary for entry to technical, vocational and career programs that require Math 12 equivalency as a prerequisite and for future study in higher-level math courses at college/university. MATH 063 is the pre-requisite for MATH 065 Provincial Level Calculus. Some of the topics include polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions, and sequences and series. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: MATH 059 / PC Math 11 or instructor permission.
    MATH-065 - Credits: 0.000
    Calculus
    The ABE Provincial Level Calculus course is designed to (1) provide students with the mathematical knowledge and skills needed for post-secondary academic and career programs and (2) ease the transition from Provincial level Mathematics to first year calculus at college and university. Some of the topics include limits, derivatives and their applications, and the anti-derivative. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: PC Math 12 or instructor permission. / MATH 063
    NSYL-050 - Credits: 0.000
    Nsyilxcen I
    Students will learn basic conversation, structure, and pronunciation in an Okanagan language immersion setting. Themes include greetings, kinship terms, questions and commands, and place names. Comprehension and expression will be developed to a basic reading and writing proficiency level. More Details on this course
    NSYL-060 - Credits: 0.000
    Nsyilxcen II
    This course builds on the skills developed in NSYL 050. Students learn more complex sentence structure using nouns, pronouns, and verbs in the past, present, and future tenses. Students engage in more complex conversation including questions and responses, description, and adjectives and adverbs. This course has an immersion component. More Details on this course
    PHYS-050 - Credits: 0.000
    Advanced Physics
    Advanced Level Physics aims to foster and develop a scientific way of thinking and a basic knowledge of scientific concepts. Numerical examples and derivation of formulae will be algebra based. The course will also nurture an understanding of science as an integral part of society's culture and provide groundwork for further academic, career, or vocational training. Topics include measurement, kinematics, dynamics, electricity and heat. PHYS 050 covers the Core Topics for Physics: Advanced Level set out in the A.B.E. B.C. Articulation Handbook http://www.aved.gov.bc.ca/abe/docs/handbook.pdf More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Science 10, and MATH 057 or Math 11 Foundations, or instructor permission.
    Corequisites: Principles of Math 11 or MATH 051.
    PHYS-060 - Credits: 0.000
    Physics - Provincial Level
    Provincial Level Physics aims to foster and develop a scientific way of thinking and a basic knowledge of scientific concepts. Numerical examples and derivation of formulae will be algebra based. The course will also nurture an understanding of science as an integral part of society's culture and provide groundwork for further academic, career, or vocational training. Topics include kinematics, dynamics, electrostatics, electromagnetism and waves and optics. PHYS 060 covers the Core Topics for Physics: Provincial Level set out in the A.B.E. B.C. Articulation Handbook http://www.aved.gov.bc.ca/abe/docs/handbook.pdf. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: PHYS 050 or Physics 11, and MATH 059 or Math 11 Precalculus, or instructor permission.
    READ-040 - Credits: 0.000
    Introductory Reading Skills
    READ 040 is a course designed to introduce learners to basic reading and study skills. Learners will improve their reading proficiency using various written works as well as First Nations literature and college reading skills textbooks. Learners will enhance oral and silent reading skills and will critically evaluate written ideas. This course will complement other College Readiness courses by increasing vocabulary and providing analysis test, as complemented with learning outcomes of College Readiness courses. A holistic approach to learning while attending an academic institution is also examined. More Details on this course
    READ-050 - Credits: 0.000
    Basic Reading Skills
    This course is designed to increase learner effectiveness and academic success through the development of the learner's study skills, reading proficiency, test taking and course assignment strategies, and critical thinking skills as complemented with the learning outcomes of College Readiness courses. A holistic approach to learning while attending an academic institute is also examined. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: or, advisor assessed equivalent. / READ 040
    READ-060 - Credits: 0.000
    Provincial Reading Skills
    This course is designed to further increase a learner's reading, comprehension, and retention of written works with a focus on relevant First Nations and community issues. Written works are examined for the organization and development of ideas with learners becoming increasingly critical. Silent and oral reading skills will complement learning outcomes of other College Readiness courses in preparation for work and/or continued post-secondary studies. Participation in formal and informal presentations is expected. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: READ 050 / or, advisor assessed equivalent.
    SCIE-040 - Credits: 0.000
    Science - Intermediate Level
    Adult education in the natural sciences recognizes the worth of adult experience and the desire to further understand the world around us, ourselves, and our relationship to the natural world. This course provide opportunities for students to develop critical thinking skills, to recognize the uses and limitations of scientific methods, and to acquire the skills and understand the processes and applications of science. This applied science course will stress the practical applications of scientific concepts and skills, enabling adult learners to pursue further education, training, and/or employment opportunities. Topics can include nutrition, human biology, cell biology, machines and energy. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: or instructor permission. / MATH 041
    SCIE-061 - Credits: 0.000
    Ecoliteracy
    This course introduces students to Ecoliteracy. Being ecologically literate or ecoliterate means understanding the basic principles of ecological communities and being able to embody the principle in the daily use of Aboriginal communities. This course utilizes an ecological learning framework based on traditional First Nations community processes and developed by the Centre for Ecoliteracy. Concepts are taught by immersing students in the local ecosystem. Students will engage in fieldwork including mapping and restoration projects. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: INST 050 / SCIE 040 / or permission of instructor.
    STSC-101 - Credits: 3.000
    Strategies for Success 101
    This course is a hybrid incorporating both online and classroom teaching. It introduces the students to college academic culture and connects them to the resources that will aid in their success. The course covers a variety of topics including: test-taking strategies, note-taking, time management, online research, student responsibilities and ethics, learning styles, and setting educational goals. More Details on this course
    TRAN-050 - Credits: 0.000
    Transition I
    Transition 050 is designed to prepare students to develop skills that are directly linked to academic upgrading, cultural integrity, and personal wellness. The information and knowledge given throughout this course will help each student develop the individual strength to know who they are as people and to ascertain problem solving abilities. This aspect of the College Preparation Program is unique because the selection of resource people and information will be derived from the local Elders, NVIT staff, geographical history, and human perspectives. This course encompasses a truly holistic approach to learning. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Program admission

    Current Course Offerings

    01 = Merritt Campus
    V1 = Burnaby Campus

    Spring 2018 (January - April)


  • ENGL-050-01
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  • INST-050-01
  • INST-060-01
  • MATH-040-01
  • MATH-041-01
  • MATH-055-01
  • MATH-057-01
  • STSC-101-01
  • Fall 2018 (September - December)


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  • INST-050-01
  • MATH-041-01
  • MATH-055-01
  • MATH-057-01
  • STSC-101-01
  • STSC-101-V1
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  • ENGL-060-01
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