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Pathway To Adult Secondary School (PASS)

About the Program

This program has been developed in partnership with the Nunavut Department of Education and the Alberta Distance Learning Centre. PASS enables adult learners who did not complete high school and are unable to attend in-class courses to attain their high school diploma by completing approved Alberta Education courses via an innovative and flexible delivery model.

All courses are fully online and students can chose to complete their course work at times that fit their own schedule. Courses do have start and end dates as well as assessment deadlines throughout, however there is offer a significant amount of choice whenever possible, (i.e., 2 – 3 day windows for writing quizzes).

Each learner is supplied with all of the technology they require to connect to their course(s), (i.e., laptop, modem, textbooks, etc.) and optional in-person support is provided in the form of PASS Adult Basic Education Instructors in each community who schedule face-to-face PASS sessions at times that fit the schedules of the students in their local community.

Length of Program

Varies for each student


Online only

Admission Requirements

Applicants wishing to apply to PASS must:

  • be 19 years of age or older;
  • go through an assessment process with a PASS representative to determine eligibility for enrolment and set education goals;
  • not hold a valid secondary school diploma;
  • be a resident of Nunavut or have completed some high school credits in Nunavut; and
  • have been out of the traditional classroom high school system for at least one year.

Application Deadline

Fall Semester – June 1; Winter Semester – November 1

Record of Achievement

High School Diploma

Credit Transfer Opportunities

Not applicable

Employment Opportunities

In today’s job market, a high school diploma is the minimum requirement for many positions. For entry-level positions that do not require a high school diploma, opportunities for advancement are typically very limited or non-existent without completion of the diploma. PASS graduates will have a significant number of previously closed doors opened up and opportunities available to them once they achieve their high school diploma. Also, the courses offered through PASS are at the level required for acceptance into most public colleges and universities in Canada.

PASS information brochure

PASS Application booklet


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