Practical Academics for the Workplace

Learn skills in a supported environment to be a stronger employee. Gain workplace literacy, numeracy and digital skills that may lead to employment, supported work, volunteer opportunities or further skills training, depending on your goals.

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Campbell River, Comox Valley, Port Alberni
Starts: September, January
Length: Varies
Delivery: On-campus and Digital (Blended)

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I would recommend NIC because you learn with others and have a good time doing it. If you want to learn and have positive feedback, come and learn here.

Lynn Faber, NIC Practical Academics for the Workplace student. 

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Program Requirements

Plus a total of 8 credits taken from the following courses:



  • AED-032 Math, Money & Managing it all
  • AED-042 Budgeting and Managing your Money
  • AED-053 Scheduling, Clock and Calendar Skills
  • AED-059 Math and Money Basics

Computer Literacy

  • AED-030  Basic Computer Skills
  • AED-036 Intermediate Computer Skills
  • AED-037  Exploring the World with Computers
  • AED-041 Computer Foundations
  • AED-046 Introduction to Inspiration Computer Program
  • AED-067 Adaptive Technology for Communication
  • AED-068 Basic Computer Skills 2
  • AED-069 Computer Foundations 2
  • AED-070 Intermediate Computer Skills 2

Note: Students are required to take at least one course from each of the academic domains (literacy, numeracy and computer literacy).

Completion Requirements

Pass in 10 credits.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to the Department of Accessible Learning Programs
  • Attend an interview with instructor 
  • Have a cognitive or mental health disability

Note: North Island College staff are available and happy to support unique student needs as well as assist with course planning and the admission process.  Please contact the Department of Accessible Learning Services for more information.

To Be Successful

Students should have an interest and motivation to participate in learning about the world of work.  Student success may depend on the ability to work independently and in a group setting.

Accessible Learning

Making education accessible for those with a documented disability is a key priority for NIC. We offer a wide range of services, supports and resources for students. For more information visit: Accessible Learning Services.

Kathy O'Donnell

Kathy O

Department Chair, Faculty
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9774 | Location CWG - 224

Erin M Cathro

Erin M Cathro
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8764

Liz Girard

Liz Girard


Accessible Learning, Adult Basic Education

Master of Special Education (Flinder's University, Australia, 2013)


Subjects: Access Education
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5078 | Location TYE - 113
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9772

Neil Holm

Neil Holm
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4103 | Location TYE - 113
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8764

Program Highlights

Gain important literacy, numeracy and computer literacy skills for the workplace as you:

  • build confidence and independence,
  • gain functional skills with technology
  • raise your self-esteem and sense of safety.
  • apply numeracy with basic math skills such as measurement
  • learn to make change, read a clock and manage your time.
  • learn how to use the internet safely
  • learn how to access a computer for word processing and email.
  • produce a learning and career exploration portfolio.

Career Opportunities

Depending on your skills, you may exit to competitive employment, supported work, volunteer positions or further specific skills training.  Types of employment will range according to your ability, interest and the local labour market.

Tuition & Costs Estimate

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Per Program
Tuition $1,177
NISU Fees $45
Total $1,222

Accessible Learning courses are eligible for an Adult Upgrading Grant and we can help you with the application process to apply for funding.

Find out if this program is eligible for Student Aid BC funding.