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Basic Occupational Education

The BOE Program is designed for students with disabilities or barriers to education and employment. It is a self-paced program, and enrols new students throughout the year whenever space is available. Students take approximately 10 months to complete the program. In the lab students are provided with individualized, hands-on training to acquire relevant industry skills. In the classroom students practice employment and communication skills. Practicum placements are generally four weeks in length. Students must complete at least two successful practicums in order to graduate. Program staff provide on-site training and support to students and employers during this time. On-campus training typically takes place Monday to Friday, from 8:30 AM until 3:00 PM. For some students, half-time attendance can be arranged. The students' shifts while on practicum will depend on the employers' schedules.

The BOE Program trains students for employment in three industry sectors:

Program Information

Department Location
New Westminster Campus
700 Royal Ave
New Westminster, BC V3M 5Z5

Douglas College Certificate
Full-time or part-time
Length of Program 10- to 12-month program
Program Start and End Dates
Program start and end dates vary. Please contact instructor for additional information.
An interview with the instructor is required for program acceptance.
Funding available to cover the cost of tuition for most applicants. Some funding may be available through the Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG).
Number of students accepted each year 
Early application is encouraged. 

Class space is limited.
2-3 practicum placements

Contact Information

Marsha Wilson, Program Instructor

Tel: 604 777 6367

Davi Bachra, Program Instructor

Tel: 604 527 5126

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