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Northwest Community College's website is intended to be an efficient teaching, learning, research and communication tool. This section offers access to resource information that may be useful to a wide variety of viewers, including prospective and current students as well as the general web site visitor.

General Education Development Tests

The GED test provides an opportunity for adults who did not graduate from secondary school to earn an official document stating that they have a high school equivalency standing. This standing may assist them in qualifying for better jobs, for promotion within their own organizations, and in applying for admission to post-secondary educational institutions.

Applicants must meet the following three requirements at the time of application:

  1. Minimum age of nineteen.
  2. British Columbia residency of at least six months immediately preceding the date of application to write.
  3. Out of school for at least one full academic year.

Classes are available at some College campuses to help you prepare for the GED tests. Contact your College campus for dates and procedures.

Literacy Training
(Hazelton, Houston, Kitimat, Masset, Prince Rupert, Smithers and Terrace Campuses)

    The basic literacy program is intended for students who are non-readers and for those who wish to improve their basic math, reading, writing and spelling skills. One-to-one instruction is available in Houston, Smithers, Hazelton, Terrace, Kitimat, and Masset. Group classes are usually available in Prince Rupert. In an effort to meet the needs of the student, the time and place of instruction with a tutor is flexible. There is no cost for these services (except for the Prince Rupert classes) and all books will be loaned to the student. You can get more information from your local College campus or you can call the Adult Literacy Contact Centre (1-800-663-1293).

If you know anyone who may have difficulty reading, please give them the information about these literacy programs.

The College supports training programs for people who would like to be a tutor in the Basic Literacy program. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in participating in this program, please contact your local College campus .

Athabasca University

Northwest Community College and Athabasca University have worked together to provide easy access to degree completion opportunities that build on one or more Northwest Community College credentials. With more than 26,000 distance learning students in 2002-03 , Athabasca University is Canada's largest online and distance Education University. Founded in 1970, Athabasca University offers hundreds of credit courses, bachelor's and master's degrees, and other university credentials. Self-paced Individualized Study courses give you complete flexibility about when to start a course, when and where to study, and how quickly to progress through the curriculum and your degree program. In some centres, Grouped Study (classroom seminars, and online e-Class® Business courses) is also offered. To find out how you can get university credit for your college credential and finish a related degree at your own pace, please call our Information Centre at 1-800-788-9041 or visit us online at

Transfer Credit Guide

Some students who attend the College plan to continue their post-secondary education at a degree-granting institution. Credit earned through Northwest Community College courses and programs can be transferable to other provincial post-secondary institutions. The B.C. Transfer Credit Guide describes transferability between colleges, university colleges and universities in British Columbia.

B.C. Transfer Guide