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Learn the skills you need to prepare for your future education, employment and participating in your community.

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1 Year
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This program prepares you for life after high school by focusing on employability, independent living, personal wellness and participating in your community. We work with you to develop a personalized plan focusing on your unique goals. You learn essential life and employment skills that will help you:

  • Make important decisions about your future
  • Build lasting relationships with others
  • Find rewarding job opportunities
  • Discover your place in the world
  • Get involved in your community

Through interactive classroom-based groups and real-life settings, you learn to gain self-awareness, confidence and social skills. You also figure out how to cope with stress, make decisions and solve problems. You explore how to manage time, money and other personal responsibilities, as well as, how to use social media in everyday life.

By focusing on your strengths, abilities and dreams we work with you to discover what you really want in your life, what you can do well, what you like, and explore a range of employment and community opportunities.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are generally unpaid and last 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information, visit Work Experience Opportunities

Choose NSCC

  • During this one-year program, we work with you to develop personal goals and action plans for your future. This could include goals for employment, further education and training, independent living and community engagement.
  • Discover what you can do well, what you like, and explore a range of employment and community opportunities
  • You take part in college life and experience a post-secondary environment that provides access to a wide range of opportunities.

Other info

  • There is no application fee for the Achieve Program.
  • There are no tuition costs or student fees for participants and graduates of the program will receive a Certificate of Completion (non-credit).
  • Applicants have or may have had, challenges demonstrating competency in areas such, but not limited to, the development of academic, social and/or independent living skills.
  • Program participants must be able to manage, and be responsible for, transportation to and from the program.
  • The Achieve program is offered through a collaborative partnership between NSCC, the provincial government, regional education centres, local businesses and community partners.

September 2020

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Akerley Campus Dartmouth Full time In-class Waitlist
Annapolis Valley Campus Middleton Full time In-class Seats available
Burridge Campus Yarmouth Full time In-class Seats available
Lunenburg Campus Bridgewater Full time In-class Seats available
Marconi Campus Sydney Full time In-class Waitlist
Pictou Campus Stellarton Full time In-class Seats available
Strait Area Campus Port Hawkesbury Full time In-class Seats available
Truro Campus Truro Full time In-class Seats available

Admission requirements

  • Applicants must be a high school graduate between the ages of 18-21 years of age.
  • High School Diploma including a transcript that indicates Individual Program Plan (IPP) designated credit(s) in any Grade 12 course or your highest Math course.
  • For IPPs in Social Development or Life Skills, a copy of the IPP must be included with the application.
  • A completed Achieve referral form (PDF 95KB).
  • Interview – applicants will be required to participate in an interview at the campus. There are two purposes for the interview. One is to help applicants gain an understanding of the knowledge, skills and abilities required for participation in the program. The second, is to give applicants an opportunity to meet with program staff and, together, determine if the program is a good fit. Please review our detailed interview and application requirements (PDF 615KB).
  • If you are an organization that would like more information about how to refer an applicant to Achieve, please review the Referring Partner Checklist (PDF 619KB).
  • For more information about the Achieve program at a campus near you, please contact your local Achieve Coordinator

Program requirements

  • Each student is required to complete WHMIS and OH&S training by September 30 or within four weeks of commencement of the program.


Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

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