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Adult Learning Program - Africentric Learning Option

Earn your high school diploma from an Africentric perspective as you learn about culture, ancestry and world view.

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N.S. High School Graduation Diploma for Adults

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If you self-identify as Black/African Nova Scotian, you have the option to earn your high school diploma from an Africentric perspective through Akerley Campus from anywhere in the province through virtual, online-synchronous, teacher-led learning.

In your first year of the program, you:

  • Discuss topics such as culture, ancestry, traditions and world view.
  • Learn about the knowledge and accomplishments of people of African ancestry and how they've influenced the world.
  • Develop your confidence and potential by gaining exposure to African Canadian educators and mentors.

In your second year, transition into the ALP program to complete the additional credits you need to earn your high school diploma.

Choose NSCC

  • Our counsellors and instructors understand that, as an adult returning to school, you have unique needs. Because of this, you're assigned a faculty advisor who provides you with support throughout the program. Our ALP team helps you prepare, plan and pursue your learning to achieve your individual career and academic goals.
  • You study in a college environment, where people are engaged in learning skills in a variety of occupational areas. If you're thinking of going on to further studies, this may help you to decide on your future.

Other info

  • This is a Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning program supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration and NSCC.

September 2024

Campus Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Full time Synchronous online
Delivered fully online with both non-scheduled and scheduled classes.
Seats available

Admission requirements

  • Applicants must self-identify as Black/African Nova Scotian (of African descent).
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Applicants must have Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residency, refugee/protected persons status or be a Permanent Resident Applicant with a work permit.
  • Applicants must reside in Nova Scotia.
  • Applicants must be out of school and not have previously completed a high school diploma.
  • To confirm placement in this program, all students must meet with an ALP counsellor to complete an assessment process.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the following English Language requirement: Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) – minimum Level 6, or equivalent.

Applicants who already have a high school diploma and want to upgrade or pick up a maximum of two missing courses needed for post-secondary study should visit the Adult Learning Program – Academic Upgrading.

Tuition, fees and program costs

  • Tuition – for eligible students, there is no tuition cost, College services fee or student association membership fee for this program.
  • Fees – there is a cost for the required Student Health and Dental Benefits that are provided to all full-time students. Students can opt-out of the Student Health and Dental Plan if they already have equivalent coverage. ALP students who successfully complete the first 3 months of the program can have this fee covered by NSCC for one year. For metro campuses only, students are required to purchase a Halifax Transit U-Pass.

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

Career options

  • This program gives you your High School Graduation Diploma for Adults, which meets the requirement for admissions to other NSCC programs.

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