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Bienvenue/ Welcome!

Please note our centre will be closed for the summer starting June 10, 2024

We will re-open August 15, 2024

Registration and contact can be conducted online throughout the summer on this website.

Have an excellent and restful summer break!

About Us

Philosphy of our Professionalism

At our adult education center, professionalism is rooted in compassion and respect. We prioritize leading with the heart, creating a safe and supportive environment where students feel valued and understood. We strive to be steady anchors and calm seas, guiding our students through their educational journey with empathy and patience. 

We treat our students as adults and partners, fostering a collaborative atmosphere where their voices are heard, and their input is valued. Through active listening and genuine engagement, we seek to understand their needs and preferences, always acting in their best interest. Decision-making is a shared process, empowering students to take ownership of their learning experience. 

Customization is key to our approach, recognizing that each student has unique strengths and challenges. We provide tough love from a place of compassion, offering praise, recognition, and positive feedback to encourage growth and confidence. Upholding their dignity and confidentiality is paramount, ensuring a safe and respectful space for learning. 

We consistently view situations through the lens of "how can I best help students," staying positive, proactive, and solution-oriented at all times. Our communication is non-confrontational, fostering understanding and cooperation. We refrain from swearing, taking things personally, or passing judgment, instead focusing on building trust and mutual respect. 

We understand that education is a lifelong pursuit for intellectual and social growth, which makes an individual a productive, contributing and caring member of society. 

In summary, our professionalism is defined by our commitment to compassion, partnership, and empowerment, always striving to uphold the values of adult education in everything we do. 


The Centre and its Community

Our centre was originally named Western Quebec Continuing Education Centre and re-named Val-d’Or Continuing Education Centre in 2019.


In 2015, the centre moved from a separate building adjacent to Golden Valley school to occupy one wing of the same school. Former elementary classes were converted into two classrooms: one for Adult Education and another one for Vocational Training, a Cultural Room, 
a student cafeteria and a main office for staff and secretary, plus students and staff’s bathrooms; all efforts to accommodate adult learners.

The Val-d’Or Continuing Education Centre is located at 980 7th Street, in the municipality of Val-d’Or. The name of the town comes from the term La Vallée-de-l'Or, which means “The Valley of Gold”.  

The administrative territory of the Western Québec School Board covers all of Abitibi-Temiscaming. The board’s activities are concentrated in three areas with significant English-speaking populations: Val-d’Or, Rouyn Noranda and Temiscaming.

The Val-d’Or Continuing Education Centre is located near the heart of town, which makes it strategic to receive students from all the surrounding sectors and parts of the city.


Our clientele are represented by a diverse group composed of Indigenous, Anglophone, Francophone and international students. 

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Mission, Vision, Values, Services 

Our Mission is to continue to cultivate a compassionate and respectful learning environment with inclusivity and diversity visible and at the forefront, guiding our students with empathy and patience as they navigate their educational journey. We empower our students as partners in their learning experiences, prioritizing customization, active listening, and collaborative decision-making to foster growth and confidence. 

Our Vision is to provide quality education with the highest academic standards encouraging students to be motivated by their own achievements and empowering them to achieve their full potential.” 

In our adult education community, we embrace a set of core Values that underpin our collective journey. Safety is paramount, fostering an environment where trust, respect, and love can flourish. We champion honesty and truth, guided by courage and humility in pursuit of wisdom. Authenticity is celebrated, alongside active listening and patience, promoting tolerance and compassion for all. These values unite us, shaping an inclusive and supportive space where learners can thrive and grow.

Programs and Services:

  • Quebec Secondary School Diploma

  • Quebec Vocational Diplomas

    • Currently offering Commerce- Secretarial and Accounting Vocational Diplomas

    • Other programs based on registration numbers

  • Academic Upgrading

  • Pre-requisite training

  • GDT (General Development Test) Testing

  • SSETs

  • Classroom and facility rental opportunities evenings and weekends

Our Services


Quebec Secondary School Diploma

The Val-d'Or Continuing Education Centre offers Quebec High School Diploma academic programming. 

To count your credits toward your Quebec High School Diploma 


For more information on how to obtain your Quebec High School Diploma contact us below.


Quebec Vocational Diploma

We are currently offering Secretarial and Accounting Vocational Diplomas. Other programs such as Carpentry, Institution and Home Care Assistant, and others, are available based on registration numbers.

For more information on how to obtain your Quebec High School Diploma contact us below.


Pre-Requisites for Post Secondary

If you have already obtained your Quebec High School Diploma but require a specific requirement for a college or university program we can help with that!


For more information on how to obtain your Quebec High School Diploma contact us below.


Academi Upgrading

We offere flexible scheduling based on your availability to suit your needs whether they be to brush up on French or complete Math, learn Computers or learn to 3D print.

For more information contact us below.


Equivalency Testing

If a Quebec High School Diploma is not for you we offer the following by appointment only:

  • General Development Testing and Prep

  • SSET Testing and Prep

For more information contact us below.


Room, Centre rentals

We offer evening and weekend rentals including our cultural community room, classroom, computer lab, 3D printer, kitchen area.

For more information contact us below.

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Student Life 
Just Sayin'

"The teacher is the best teacher I've had in all my schooling. The are understanding and caring and knows how to respect her students."

-Brad Phillips

"I really like the adult education center, all staffs are supportive and caring. My teacher is nurturing and supportive while providing the structure and guidance I need and overall, she is very thoughtful teacher who puts a lot of thoughts into how she presents the material. She is very patient with everyone in class always encouraging her students to try."

-Ruth Otter

My time at the Centre helped me realize the skills I had but never used effectively. Through being here, I have learned valuable lessons and improved my own self-confidence. I originally thought I wouldn't amount to much, or think my own plan in life would work. But through the help of Tatiana, my English/French teacher. Martyn Bryant, my Math teacher, and the other staff that helped me. I think I can truly achieve these goals now, and they're in reach. I just have to keep on, and I know I can succeed.

-Darius Mclaren

The Western Québec Continuing Education Centre in Val-d’Or is a great place to be if you're looking to continue on with your education and seek betterment within yourself as well as your vocational aspirations. The Centre itself is ideally located within the downtown area within walking distance of surrounding parks and other services; practical, the staff there are wonderful people who will go to any lengths to help you and see you succeed in the field of your choice. Friendliness, support and encouragement are the things you'll undoubtedly encounter when entering the Val d'Or Continuing Education Center. A great big thank you to my teacher: Tatiana Azparrent and the awesome staff who work with her, your kindness and willingness to help and understand me has made a big difference in my life and for this I am eternally grateful to have had the opportunity to carry on and succeed with my education !!! Meegwetch !!! Sometimes it isn't easy, but with practice, patience, dedication and resilience you'll come out on top.

-Steve Babin

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The National Student Ombudsman is responsible for applying the complaint and report processing procedure in Québec’s education system.

As part of this province-wide and standardized procedure, the National Student Ombudsman is assisted by Regional Student Ombudsmen throughout Québec. Together, they ensure that student and parent rights are upheld. As a result, they contribute to the continuous improvement of education system services.

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