Niitsitapi Literacy Program & Adult Upgrading Program

Program Overview

The Niitsitapi Literacy Program and Adult Upgrading Program provide cultural and educational courses that assist students and the community in achieving their personal / cultural / academic goals. Our traditional teachings are based on Kainayssini. Incorporating our culture in the classroom strengthens our Niitsitapi identity.

Our Kaahsinnooniks play a significant role within our college; they are involved in curriculum development, professional development, and delivery of lessons with the students. The learning is more meaningful since Kaahsinnooniks are in the classroom; the traditional knowledge is accurate.  Adult learners receive credit through Alberta Education and instructors are certified teachers with Alberta Education. Our programs are designed to implement meaningful educational opportunities for all learners, which creates a successful educational journey, a bridge to Niitsitapi Arts & Sciences courses and other Post-Secondary institutions, and / or the workforce.


Alternate Students 19 years and older as of September 30 of each year and who have been out of school for a full academic year


Credential: Curriculum is delivered by Alberta Education Certified Instructors and Blackfoot Eminent Scholars Adult learners receive credit through Alberta Education. Courses are accepted as requirements at post-secondary institutions.

Length of Program: 10 months

Method of Delivery: Instructor taught courses with assistive technology, engaging classroom strategies, and self-directed learning at both the Main and Satellite Campuses.

Program Intakes: fall (September program start)

Winter (January program start)

Initial Meeting; scheduling a date to be academically assessed

- Accuplacer test

- Application Package

- RCCC forms

- Funding Applications

- Ready, Willing and Able Interview


Application Deadline:

June 15th each academic year for September – January semester

November 30th each academic year for January – June semester


Selection Process for Admission:

Completed Applications and Seat Availability; Waitlist Option