Computer-assisted courses part of adult education programme expansion
School District # 64 (Gulf Islands) has announced plans to expand the adult education programme on Salt Spring Island by providing courses for adults who wish to complete high school or earn a B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma. Adults on the outer islands will have access to Secondary Learning Centres.
According to a School District press release, an evening adult education programme at Gulf Islands Secondary School has been in existence for many years, but expansion of the programme had been limited by an Education Ministry cap on adult education funding.
That situation has now changed. As part of the school districtÕs education initiative, ÒStarting Anew,Ó the Ministry of Education was asked to increase the funding cap. After several meetings, Ministry officials agreed to the request and funding is now available to triple the adult education enrolment.
The release states that although the ultimate goal is a broad range of secondary, post-secondary and personal interest courses, the initial objective is to provide for adults who have not graduated from high school. Students will be able to choose from a long list of B.C. Ministry of Education approved courses including chemistry, math, English, accounting, First Nations studies, journalism, entrepreneurship, psychology and business computer applications.
Increasingly, many courses are available entirely or in part in computer-assisted formats. Pen and paper correspondence courses remain a popular alternative and the district will continue to offer regular classroom instruction for some courses.
Those interested can fill out the ÒIdentification of Individual NeedsÓ form in this edition of the Barnacle and return it to the school district office in Ganges or the SSI Community Centre. For further information, call 537-5548 and ask for Adult Education.