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Parents

Parents can help

You play a key role in supporting your adult children reach their educational goals.

Career advice, financial support, emotional support, guidance on navigating adulthood - all contribute to your child's success. Find that balance between support and independence.

Parents as Education and Career Coaches

New sessions this year 2019-2020! 

Starting September 2019, we will be hosting sessions for parents in different school districts designed to support you in guiding your student after high school. We're still adding dates to this list, please check back often!

Date Time School District
October 10, 2019 6:30pm - 9:30pm Port Coquitlam
October 15, 2019 6:30pm - 9:30pm Sooke
October 16, 2019 6:30pm - 9:30pm Burnaby
October 17, 2019 6:30pm - 9:30pm Coquitlam
October 23, 2019 6:30pm - 9:30pm Richmond
October 29, 2019 6:30pm - 9:30pm Victoria
November 12, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm Maple Ridge
November 19, 2019 6:30pm - 9:30pm Surrey
January 16, 2020 6:30pm - 9:30pm Port Moody
January 22, 2020 6:30pm - 9:30pm Whistler
January 23, 2020 6:30pm - 9:30pm Squamish
January 30, 2020 6:30pm - 9:30pm Saanich
February 5, 2020 6:30pm - 9:30pm Richmond
February 11, 2020 6:30pm - 9:30pm Campbell River
February 18, 2020 6:30pm - 9:30pm Langley
March 10, 2020 6:30pm - 9:30pm Surrey

*Please note that each session is only open to the parents of the corresponding school districts. Dates are subject to change.

To register, please reach out to your District Parent Advisory Council or District Career Counsellor. 

Additional Resources

Many institutions offer parent orientation sessions designed to help you support your child with post-secondary planning, the application process, and ongoing success - check one out!

Parents Can Help  

  1. Do brainstorm ideas and questions about program options.
  2. Don't do the research required to learn about program options.
  3. Do offer encouragement through the application process
  4. Don't complete the application for them.
  5. Do discuss plans for financing their education.
  6. Don't prepare their budget or application for funding.
  7. Do brainstorm questions in advance of an advising appointment.
  8. Don't attend the advising appointment.
  9. Do discuss course registration and selection.
  10. Don't register for them.
  11. Do offer advice about how to approach an instructor or professor concerning a specific issue.
  12. Don't contact the instructor or professor directly.
  13. Do offer encouragement about their course work.
  14. Don't call them several times a day reminding them to do their course work.
  15. Do offer encouragement or feedback on their essays.
  16. Don't write parts of their entire essay.
  17. Do discuss their progress.
  18. Don't go online or go to campus to try to get their grades for them.

See Transitioning from High School for more help.

Encouragement is
the best support