Building Employment Success for Tomorrow, Certificate

Building Employment Success for Tomorrow (BEST) is a tuition-free program that will help you design a personalized and sustainable education and career plan.

At a crossroad? Design your education and career plan with us!

Program at a glance

Credential

Certificate

Area of Study

Upgrading & Preparatory

Study options

Full-time

Online

Work experience

None

Open to International

Yes

Length

8 weeks

At a glance image

BEST student at desk

We can help you design your education and career plan

Start in September, November, January or March

Find your path in life by examining your interests and potential in a supportive environment.

BEST students drawing pathway to future

The next program start is Sept 7 – Oct 29, 2021.

Domestic students

Upgrading programs and courses are tuition-free for domestic students. The Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) will continue to cover the cost of textbooks and student and registration fees for eligible students.

International students

International tuition is $5,440 CAD plus applicable ancillary (services), the student society fees, and other fees.

This program of study does not meet the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) criteria for Off-campus Work program or a Post-graduation Work Permit (PGWP) program.

Find your path to your education, career and life direction

Building Employment Success for Tomorrow (BEST) is a tuition-free program that will help you design a personalized and sustainable education and career plan.

The program welcomes adult learners at any stage of life who are engaged in a transition to explore career and educational opportunities in a diverse and changing world.

The benefits of participating in BEST include the following:

  • Clarify your values, interests, skills, strengths and preferred work environment in relation to choosing a career or job
  • Increase knowledge of educational resources, programs and community relationships
  • Learn innovative work search strategies, research current labour market trends and create informed educational, career and life goals
  • Strengthen communication and teamwork skills needed in today’s workplace and in daily life
  • Prepare for and practice interviews and create an up-to-date resume
  • Strengthen self-confidence and a growth mindset
  • Be motivated by meeting others: classmates who are also finding their direction, guest speakers and key contacts in your educational and career fields of curiosity
  • Be inspired to give back: learn about strategic volunteering and how these opportunities hone your skills, clarify your interests and build your network
  • Design a concrete and specific personalized education and career plan

As a grad, you’ll have a plan to take the next steps to your education and career success.

What you'll learn

In the BEST program, you'll develop a realistic awareness of your interests, abilities, and potential and increase your self-confidence. You will learn about work search strategies and current labour market trends and have the opportunity to set personal, career, and educational goals.

Invest in yourself

Spend eight weeks with us to set personal, career and educational goals and find a new direction. 

Student looking at Algebra textbook

Estimated tuition

Effective from September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021.

Domestic students 8-week program is tuition-free

International students is $5,440 CAD plus applicable ancillary (services), the student society fees, and other fees.

This program of study does not meet the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) criteria for Off-campus Work program or a Post-graduation Work Permit (PGWP) program.

Additional Student Fees

Scholarships, bursaries and awards

Upgrading programs and courses are tuition-free for domestic students. The Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) will continue to cover the cost of textbooks and student and registration fees for eligible students.

You may also want to visit Financial Aid & Awards for more information about funding.

The perfect place to start

In the BEST program, you'll develop a realistic awareness of your interests, abilities, and potential and increase your self confidence. You'll learn about work search strategies and current labour market trends and have the opportunity to set personal, career, and educational goals.

Testimonials

Kenzie Couture, on the path to working as a Veterinary Technician

I was very resistant to taking the BEST program because I was in a stagnant place in my life and didn’t feel motivated to do anything about it. Taking this program was one of the best things I have done for myself: it gave me the confidence and nudge to take the next steps in bettering myself, both personally and professionally.

The structure of being in the BEST program really helped me get out of my ‘funk.’ It made a world of a difference having such a great team working on my behalf and being so open-minded. Having a schedule and due dates was also a huge help.

My advice is to go in with an open-mind and embrace the experience. The program allows you the freedom to find YOUR path with no pressure, and there are no right or wrongs answers. It is such a safe place to explore who you are and what you want in life; it changed me for the better, and I don’t take it for granted.
 

Jeiziara Kennedy, on the path to volunteering in the esthetics industry

If you are not sure about taking the BEST program, I would say do not hesitate. I was feeling very lost at the beginning; the course definitely helped me to discover career areas that I didn't even know existed.

BEST guided me to follow passions that I forgot I once had. My confidence to speak in public was improved, as was my discipline to pursue my goals. I enjoyed been a student again after so many years out of school.

I am Brazilian and English is my second language. I started BEST afraid of judgements, and I had low self-confidence about my writing and speaking in public. But the support from my instructors and classmates helped me to finish the program feeling positive.

My biggest “Aha!” moment was when I finally learned, through the program, how to deal with my procrastination. And that everyone learns in different ways, there is no right or wrong.

BEST is perfect for anyone—specially for those who want to discover their passions and find a career they will enjoy. Also, it is a good place to get familiar with what a college course looks like.

Curriculum & courses

Admission requirements

To be admitted to BEST, you must first attend a mandatory information session. Currently, these sessions are conducted by phone. Email Allyson Butt to set up your phone appointment. Allyson will detail how to apply and get you registered.

Related link:

School of Access

For more detailed information about this program, see the Academic Calendar.

Academic Calendar

Our Teaching Staff

Camosun College is fiercely proud of the excellent quality of its instruction. Our teaching staff are experienced, inspiring and supportive of our students' individual journeys.

Faculty/staff profile

Diane Gilliland

Diane Gilliland

Instructor, BEST

I first began working at Camosun as an instructional assistant in the School of Access before returning to university to complete my master's degree i ... Read more
Interurban Campus

Learn more

Find a full list of courses and specific admission requirements

Contact information

Allyson Butt, Instructional Assistant

We want to hear from you!

Campus location

Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1

Location link

Interurban Campus

250–370–4934

ButtA@camosun.ca

 

International students contact Camosun International