About Us - School Overview

The Pearson Adult Learning Centre

The New Westminster School district is proud to have a Continuing Education program named after Lester B. Pearson, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Canada’s Prime Minister. The Pearson Adult Learning Centre, also known as PALC, has been welcoming learners from ages eighteen to eighty for more than 30 years.

The school supports the educational needs of a variety of adult learners including new immigrants, those wishing to learn English and for those interested in completing their high school graduation. Our goal is to provide a warm friendly environment to help our hard-working learners improve not only their academic skills and obtain a high school graduation diploma for post-secondary studies or employment, but also to gain relationships with others within the community.

Courses are offered morning, afternoon and evening. We are open Mondays to Thursdays from 8:30 am to 9:30 pm, and from 8:30 am to 3 pm on Fridays 12 months a year except for the summer months when we have shorter hours. This allows for students to study at times that are convenient for them. Our classes begin in the fall, winter/spring and summer, however we also offer self-paced courses for those students wishing to work at their own pace. We have registrations at the beginning of each semester and we take in new students year round on Thursdays at 1 pm or 7 pm.

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Graduation and Recognition Ceremonies

Graduation and Recognition Ceremonies

Every year, we celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating students with a special ceremony that recognizes their incredible and inspiring achievements.... more

Coming up: Summer Learning Program Dates and Registration

Coming up: Summer Learning Program Dates and Registration

Summer is a great time to improve your grade point average, prepare for university or college or complete secondary school qualifications. You can also use summer learning opportunities to meet apprenticeships requirements or more

Giving back through the annual Food Bank Drive

Giving back through the annual Food Bank Drive

When students feel welcome in their their classes and their communities, they often seek ways to give back and support others. Every year, the annual Food Bank Drive is a huge success... more