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Employment and Community Studies (formerly Access Programs for People with Disabilities)

This program is designed for students with diverse learning needs that hinder educational success.

The EACS courses and learning experiences will prepare students for lifelong learning, employment, and community engagement opportunities.  Students will participate in hands-on learning and work experience opportunities.

The course topics focus on:

  • Employability
  • Social Justice
  • Communication
  • Advocacy
  • Technology

*EACS falls under the mandate of Adult Special Education (ASE).

Information Session

Attendance at an information session is the best place to get questions answered. The information session is also the first step required for admission to the program.

If you have further questions following the info session, call either Access Programs Department Assistant, Bryn Poirier at 604-599-3095, apd@kpu.ca or the Future Students Office at 604-599-3030, or connect directly with the Student Recruitment Coordinator, Sheri Browning at 604-599-3011, sheri.browning1@kpu.ca 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in KPU’s Employment and Community Studies (EACS) Program listed below are answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Who can attend the EACS program?

EACS is open for students with diverse learning needs that hinder educational success, and who meet the admission requirements for this program.

Can I attend part-time?

Yes, the EACS courses can be taken independently.

How many students does EACS take a semester?

Each class will have up to 12 students. The number of classes will vary in each semester both online or on campus.

What are the entrance requirements for EACS?

Attend an EACS Program Information Session (in-person or online)

Interview with program faculty to determine:

  • Fit for the academic program
  • Satisfactory English ability as assessed according to departmental guidelines

What are the departmental guidelines?

  • Able to travel in community independently
  • Able to navigate the university campus independently
  • Able to complete assignments and activities
  • Able to use email and course learning platforms (e.g. Moodle, Pebble Pad, Zoom)
  • Able to understand and respond to directions and questions

What is the cost of the program?

  • Complete program tuition and student fees are approximately $2,800.
  • Base Tuition for our 3 credit courses are approximately $460 and our 6 credit courses are approximately $920.
  • Additional Student fees are also charged.  See KPU's Tuition Estimator link.

You may be eligible to apply for the Adult Upgrading Grant which will cover all tuition fees and we can help you apply for this grant.

What funding is available for this program?

Eligible students have access to the Adult Upgrading Grant to cover program fees.  The Student Awards and Financial Services Department and the Access Programs Department will assist in the student's application.

How do I apply?

Step 1 - Attend an EACS Information Session

Step 2 - Apply to KPU for the Employment & Community Studies Program

Step 3 - Attend an interview with one of our EACS instructors - it more like a conversation to check that this program is a good fit for the student.

Step 4 - If accepted, then the Admissions Department will contact you to let you know of a deadline date to either:

  • Pay a $500 Confirmation Deposit     OR

  • Apply for the Adult Upgrading Grant to cover all your tuition fees - we will help with either task

Step 5 - Student will receive an email from the Registrar informing when they can register for their classes

              We will help you learn how to register either online or by attending one of our in-person workshops

YOU ARE NOW READY TO START CLASSES!

What are the employment opportunities after completing the EACS program?

Through this program students will gain knowledge that will strengthen their employability skills. Many students find work in:

  • Community Service
  • Retail and Customer Service
  • Personal Service – ex. Child care
  • Manufacturing and Warehouse Service
  • Restaurant and Food Service
  • Business and Administration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Landscaping and Gardening

If I need more information, whom do I contact?

If you have further questions following the info session, call either Access Programs Department Assistant, Bryn Poirier at 604-599-3095, apd@kpu.ca or the Future Students Office at 604-599-3030, or connect directly with the Student Recruitment Coordinator, Sheri Browning at 604-599-3011, sheri.browning1@kpu.ca

How do I register for my courses?

Successful applicants will receive an email from KPU letting them know when they can register for their courses. The Access Programs Department will assist with registration if needed. You can register to attend an EACS In-Person Course Registration Workshop by here

Can I withdraw from my program?

KPU has a policy and procedure for anyone wishing to withdraw from their program.

Do I need textbooks?

EACS courses do not require textbooks.

Career Outcomes

Through the EACS program students will gain knowledge that will strengthen their abilities and possibilities for lifelong learning, employment, and community engagement in, for example:

  • Community Service Retail and Customer
  • Service Personal
  • Service Manufacturing and Warehouse Service
  • Restaurant and Food Service
  • Business and Administration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Volunteerism
  • Further training and coursework

Program Details

Since 1981 KPU has offered an Adult Special Education program focused on employability skill development and career exploration. The former program was called Access Program for People with Disabilities. Every year over 60 APPD students have taken either – Job Preparation, Work Exploration, or Vocational Skills Training.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic this hands-on experiential program moved to operate online. This change made it possible to redesign how ASE was offered. EACS is the new program, still with a focus on employability skill development but with a broader range of courses that focus on lifelong learning and community engagement as well.

Since September of 2022 we now offer both on-campus and online courses at three of our KPU campuses:  Langley, Richmond and Surrey.

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Application Information

  • Step 1 - Attend an EACS Program Information Session
  • Step 2A – Request a chat with an EACS instructor
  • OR
  • Step 2B – Apply to KPU for the EACS Program online
  • Step 3 – Attend a Program Interview with an EACS instructor
  • Step 4 – Receive an Offer of Admission into the EACS program by email
  • Step 5A - Apply for the Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG)
  • OR           (Assistance is available)
  • Step 5B - (If you are not eligible for AUG) then Pay your Confirmation Deposit
  • Step 6 – Receive assistance in using your Online Self-Service portal and setting up your student email account
  • Step 7 - Register for your classes online - assistance is available

Need More Info?

Interested in the EACS program, but still not sure?  Learn more by attending one of our EACS Program Information Sessions. Register for an Information Session through the Faculty of Academic and Career Preparation, Access Programs Department

Register for Information Session

Contact Us

Access Programs

EACS, Department Assistant Bryn Poirier at 604-599-3095, apd@kpu.ca

Future Students Office

604-599-3030, or connect directly with the Student Recruitment Coordinator (for EACS), Sheri Browning at 604-599-3011, sheri.browning1@kpu.ca