College Readiness (Merritt and Vancouver Campus) Department

Department Head
Stefan Zabek, MA
Mil Juricic
Joanne Armstrong
Faye Ahdemar
Roman Erinburg
Don Vincent
Stefan Zabek
Programs in this Department
BC Adult Graduation Diploma
Bridging to Trades

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 availability contact the Department Head.

En’owkin Centre Deliveries
The College Readiness Program offered at the En’owkin Centre is designed to validate cultural aspirations and identity, and motivate academic excellence. This program utilizes a cooperative project-based curriculum approach, rather than a textbook and test method. Students engage in real world projects of benefit to the larger community. Learning is “hands on” as much as possible. Past learning projects include publishing an Okanagan photo-history book of horse, ranch, and rodeo history; production of children’s videos adapted from traditional stories (from scriptwriting to video editing), and other culturally and socially relevant learning activities.

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 will have an interview with (the Department Head or) the Academic Learning Advisor 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: CR courses are tuition-free. However, students must pay the applicable Student Activity fees and if necessary 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 an Academic/Financial planner A number of social/government agencies also sponsor or assist students. Students may inquire with an Academic/Financial planner.

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 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.

For more information, contact Marla Pryce 604-602-3433 or

Click this link to see a listing of all courses in this department

For information on transferability, please see the BC Council on Admissions and Transferability