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Faculty of Academic & Career Advancement

Welcome to the Faculty of Academic & Career Advancement: the front door of Kwantlen Polytechnic University for many students. We welcome learners of all ages and backgrounds into our developmental offerings in English Language Studies (ELST), Academic & Career Preparation (ACP also referred to as Academic Upgrading), Career Choices & Life Success (CCLS), and Access Programs for Peoples with Disabilities (APPD). In addition we are also the home to two short programs in Family Childcare run by a contract provider at our Surrey site. In all cases our aim is to help learners move from where they are to where they want to be whether it is developing language skills, picking up a needed high school credit, completing qualifying studies courses for entrance to University or developing great workplace skills and hands-on work experience. Our teaching faculty are renowned for their supportive approach and innovative learning facilitation. 

KPU is a teaching-focused university where we bring together students, teachers, guest lecturers and alumni to create a student-centred learning environment. Unlike larger universities, we keep our classes purposefully small so that you have the opportunity to work directly with faculty and fellow learners. Our small classes encourage teamwork and engagement while you're in the program, and help create a network of friends on campus.

Areas of Study:

Continuing / Professional Studies

The Faculty of Academic and Career Advancement also offers a selection of continuing education and professional studies courses and programs. For more information about these offerings, please see the Faculty web site at

Dean: Patrick Donahoe, PhD

Phone: 604.599.2388

Last Updated: 14-Jun-2016

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