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October 8, 2019

Follow up to Open Letter to the VCC Community – 100819

October 4, 2019

To all faculty

On Monday, September 29th, the VCCFA was informed that the College intends to make cuts in Adult Basic Education programming areas.  If they occur, these cuts will impact at least ten regular and term faculty across three different departments.  Advance Notices of Layoff can go out as early as next week.

An Open Letter to the VCC Community re Proposed ABE Cuts – October 2019 was sent out to the College Community today.

Adult Basic Education programs are part of the character of VCC, part of what VCC is and always has been.  We call on VCC administration and the VCC Board of Governors to stop these cuts.


To all faculty

On August 8, 2017, in Victoria, Premier John Horgan announced that effective September 1st the Government is eliminating tuition fees on Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning Programs.

There will likely be some bumps along the road as the College works to accommodate the tremendous backlog of students needing these programs.

However, today is a celebration of the good work of so many faculty who made this happen (Taryn, Andrew, Lynn and Gary just to name a few). I also want to thank the Federation of Post-secondary Educators for the financial support in launching both our ‘ESL Matters’ campaign in 2014 and our ‘Who is ABE?’ campaign this spring. Together we made this happen!


Premier Horgan removes roadblocks to Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning programs (August 8, 2017)

VCC Media Release: Government announcement on Adult Basic Education and ELS tuition

ABE and ESL tuition announcement – Q & A

Hon. Melanie Mark’s Mandate Letter

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The VCCFA is the result of many transformations, all of them the work of a free, democratic association of education workers. We created the VIA at VVI when it was one of the province’s network of vocational schools–two decades before community colleges came into being. Later, we took in the ESL, Special Needs, Adult Basic Education and College Preparatory faculty of the Special Programs Division of what was briefly Vancouver City College, headquartered at the old King Edward High School site at 12th and Oak. It was an integral part of the Vancouver School Board’s adult education programme. We did not allow distinctions to be made against our librarians and counsellors and they too became part of the union. We lost colleagues to other institutions, and gained others at different times. All through these transformations we continued the struggle for a voice in the operations of the College, equitable working […]

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