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Adult Learning Program (ALP) - It's Never too Late to Earn Your High School Diploma!

Adult Learning Program

The Adult Learning Program is a great option for adults who are looking to earn their grade 12 diploma! The program offers credit courses that can be combined with previously earned Grade 11 or 12 credits, or on their own, to earn a Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma for Adults (NSHSGDA). This diploma is the equivalent of a high school diploma, and will enable you to continue on to post-secondary training.

Why ALP?

In the job market of today, the number of jobs filled by those who have finished high school has increased by 16 percent in the past 10 years. A high school diploma has become the basic requirement to be part of the labour force, and without one, only 12 percent of the current job market is available to you. In 2005, over 73 percent of the job market required some form of post-high school training, and ALP may be your ticket to opening up this market to you because the more education you have, the more likely you are to have a job.


Is ALP for Me?

The Nova Scotia High School Diploma for Adults is a good option if you want too get a high school diploma to continue on to college or university, upgrade your education level to advance your career, or to improve your academic, study, research, and computing skills.

How do I earn my diploma with ALP?

To earn the Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma for Adults, you need 12 credits. Six credits are compulsory, which means you must take them to graduate. You get to choose the remaining six credits from a number of electives.

Quick Information

  • You must be 19 years of age to enroll in the Adult Learning Program.

  • You must be out of school for one year.

  • The Adult Learning Program is based on an individualized system of instruction (ISI).

  • You can join ALP at any time throughout the school year. Contact Kathleen Naylor for the date of the next scheduled in-take.

Available Courses

Course and other information can be found on the main NSCC website by clicking here.

What does ISI mean?

ISI stands for Individualized System of Instruction, and is unlike the traditional high school system because the instructor seldom teaches from the front of the classroom. Instead, you will work individually or in groups to complete modules and ask questions about the topics that you are studying. A teacher is available during class-time to answer any questions you have. Many students begin the ALP program at different times during the year, so you may never be on the same module as your peers.

What is a Module?

All of the courses that you take in the ALP program are divided into modules, or sections. There are usually 6 or 12 modules for each subject. You are given work sheets , or a test for each module. When you have completed a module, or test, you will be given information, and assignments for the next module.

How quickly should I complete a module?

Everyone completes the modules at their own pace. However, this does not mean you are free to pass assignments and tests in whenever you want; you must discuss a completion date with your teacher that suites your pace of study. This date will depend on many factors, such as your ability, and course load.

How can ISI work for me?

ALP is delivered as an individual system of instruction to meet the needs of our mature students. Factors such as difficulties with childcare, the need to work part-time, and seasonal employment will not prevent you from completing your high school diploma.

Who do I talk to?

Kathleen Naylor is the Adult Learning Program Counsellor, and she is available to setup an appointment with you to answer any of your questions that you may have. You can contact her by e-mail at or phone at (902)543-0500.

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Academic & Career Connections

Having previously been known as General Arts & Science, Academic & Career Connections has been reformed featuring new curriculum and delivery methods to align with the specific academic needs for those seeking entry into many college and university programs.  “Connections” is a program to consider if you are a high school graduate and require specific academic high school courses (Math, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, etc).  In this program, you have choices!  Full or part-time…online… subjects that you choose for your future directions.

As each semester approaches and eventually unfolds, please know that the campus is available for various services and events.  Of note, we have quiet study areas, , plenty of accessible computers, campus–wide wireless connections, and a well utilized library with skilled folks in Student Services who can help you. Included on the team is Chris Lenahan. He is our ‘Learning Commons Assistant’ and his background includes prior instruction of Chemistry, Math and Physics (along with other things).  We also have an active Student Association, Student Lounge and several campus committees that, even though  you may be enrolled in online studies, may still be of interest to you.


Please contact Richard by phone at 543-0621 or for more details.


To learn more about this program, visit:

Academic & Career Connections

To learn more about this program’s costs, visit:

Academic & Career Connections


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