Information for current students

Technology Requirements for Virtual Classes and Online Classes as applicable

Students taking virtual and or online classes are required to have the required technology listed below:


We recommend using a Windows-based desktop or laptop computer for your classes.

Minimum requirements for best experience:

  • A Windows-based PC is recommended
  • While the minimum necessary RAM memory required is 4 GB (gigabytes), we recommend that you have at least 8 GB (gigabytes) of RAM memory
  • Desktop/Laptop – Ensure your computer has 30GB, or more, free storage space.  
  • You will need to have a webcam/headset with a microphone to participate in virtual classes and or examinations as applicable.  If you don’t have a headset, you’ll need to have a separate microphone (built-in on many notebooks) & computer speakers.
  • If you are using your cell phones or tablets, it is recommended to be 3 years old or newer.

Operating Systems 

  • Windows 10 or Windows 11
  • Mac – some of the software may not work on the Mac. In addition, you will find a number of features that may be absent, or in different locations, in Mac applications. Specifically, if you are taking any courses that require Microsoft Access, or Microsoft Publisher, these applications are not available for Apple Mac computers.  It’s recommended that students use a Windows-based laptop/desktop computer. 
  • iOS (iPhone/iPad) – Current within the two most recent versions
  • Chromebook computers will not work for your courses
  • Any other technologies, other than the ones specifically listed above are not recommended and will not have the application versions necessary for our courses.

Home Internet Requirements

  • The minimum recommendation for your home internet speed is 5 Mbps download, 1 Mbps upload
  • For optimal speed efficiency internet speed should be 10 Mbps download, 5 Mbps upload or greater
  • Ensure you check your internet speed
  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster
  • Screen resolution: 1280 x 1024 pixels, or higher

IMPORTANT: If you are using a satellite internet provider (like Starlink), you may experience timeouts, IP address issues, session problems, or problematic mail issues caused by latency.  Please try to use a different provider when accessing Blackboard Learn.

NOTE: As a student at our college, you may be eligible to download a special student version of Microsoft Office 365 for students.  You will receive information on how to apply for, and install, this student Office 365 in your first Computer Concepts class.

SBC College Learning Management System

SBC College uses Blackboard (BB) as its Learning Management System (LMS).

Students are required to attend the mandatory tutorial session on how to navigate Blackboard. This session is conducted during orientation.

Link to Blackboard: https://sbccollege.blackboard.com/

Use this link to learn more about Blackboard: https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Student

Want to download the BB app to your cell phone? Check your app store.  Some software may not work on your cell phones so ensure you have a desktop/laptop for your classes.

Supported Browsers for Blackboard Collaborate

Collaborate supports only the most recent two stable channel releases of browsers




Google Chrome

Windows®, macOS, Ubuntu



*Firefox ESR not supported*

Windows, macOS

Not supported


macOS 10.13+

iOS® 14+, iPadOS

Microsoft Edge®

Windows, macOS

Android, iOS

NOTE: Mac computers are not recommended as some of the software may not run properly.

Certified Browsers and Operating Systems

Blackboard Collaborate is regularly certified against the following combinations of browsers and operating systems.  These combinations also reflect the areas of strongest support.


Desktop OS

Mobile OS

Google Chrome

Windows 10 & 11, macOS 10.14+

Android 9+


Windows 10 &11, macOS 10.14+

Not supported


MacOS 10.14+

iOS 14+

Microsoft Edge

Windows, macOS

Android, iOS

NOTE: Mac computers are not recommended as some of the software may not run properly.


SBC Hours

Attendance : Student Funding Liaison, Front Office
Document Requests : Registrar, Front Office
Bus Passes : Registrar, Front Office
Lockers : Registrar, Front Office
Lost and Found : Front Office
Personal/Educational Help : SBC Principal, by appointment with Front Office
Student Cards : Registrar, Front Office
Timetable : Petrice Miller
Exam Timetable : Don Feader
Typing Tests : Jackie Zwarich
Social Media : Admissions Advisor, Front Office
Career Advice : Blair Chapman, Employer Liaison, by appointment with Front Office
For email contacts, call 306-244-6333, or consult your planner, Blackboard, or your course outlines.

Arrange an appointment with Marcia Whittaker to discuss any concerns or seek advice.

Students must maintain 90% attendance on a monthly basis.

Once you are in excess of two (2) days per month allowable absences, a doctor’s certificate must be obtained and presented to the front office confirming your inability to attend on the relevant dates.

Daily attendance is taken at 8:30am and 1:00pm.

If a student arrives late (after 8:30am or 1:00pm), he/she is to sign in at the front office immediately upon arrival.

If a student is going to be absent or late, the student must inform the Front Office (306-244-6333) before 8:30am or 1:00pm. SBC has an answering machine on which students may leave a message. Please include full name and reason for absence.

Students are marked absent is their whereabouts are unknown, unsubstantiated, or undocumented.

If leaving the college early, please inform the Front Office.


A leave of absence may be granted for medical reasons. A medical certificate must be presented. A leave of absence may affect your course completion date as classes may need to be rescheduled. Contact the Front Office to discuss a leave.

Students with communicable diseases such as pink eye, influenza, strep infections, etc., are permitted to return to classes once a doctor’s certificate has been presented to the Front Office confirming their condition is no longer contagious.

Unacceptable attendance may result in:

  • Removal from class.
  • Attendance Agreements
  • Program extension and increased fees.
  • Program discontinuation.
  • Loss of Canada Student Loans funding.

Payment of tuition and books is outlined in the enrollment contract.

No additional cost for two months extension to program. Cost will apply per class per month after extension period.

If a student leaves before completion of the program and returns at a later date, tuition and applicable book fees will apply (applicable to the return date).

Speak to the Funding Officer for information on student loans and other funding agencies.

Personalized payment plans are available. Speak to the Principal if you need to make a plan.

Non-payment of tuition, books, miscellaneous supplies, and/or exam fees can result in withheld marks, progress reports, transcripts, and diploma. A student will not be allowed to write final exams and may be suspended from attending classes until payment is made.

Books are distributed by instructors as each class begins.

Credit for second-hand books is given BEFORE Registration date. No credit will be given for second-hand books obtained on or after Registration Day.

An official income tax receipt, T2202A, is provided for each tax year a student is enrolled at SBC, provided the eligible fees paid in respect of a calendar year are more than $100.

T2202A tax receipts are provided at the end of February and at the Departure Meeting. A fee is charged for duplicate receipts.

Eligible fees include tuition, registration and exam fees paid. Book and supplies ARE NOT included. Eligible fees are claimed based on the calendar year the course was taken and not the year the fees were paid. As such, for each tax year, the combined eligible fees are divided by the length in months of your program of study and multiplied by how many months attended in the applicable tax year. This amount will identified on your t2202A, unless it exceeds the actual amount received by SBC as of calendar year end.

If you are attending on a part-time basis, with fees paid monthly, your T2202A will reflect actual eligible fees in that calendar year.

Although fees paid for books and supplies are not included on your T2202A, you may be entitled to the textbook amounts identified in the Students and Income Tax P105(E) pamphlet, available for download at Canada Revenue Agency.

Deadline: One week BEFORE Registration Day

To request transfer credits, the following steps must be taken BEFORE Registration Day.

  1. Provide letter identifying possible transferable classes.
  2. Submit comprehensive curriculum outlines identifying
    1. Class hours
    2. Course content
    3. Evaluation methods
    4. Textbooks
  3. Submit original official transcript with a final mark of at least 70%.

Transfer Credit may be granted where reciprocal credits have been arranged between another college, training institution, or professional association, or when the curriculum content is 90% equivalent to the SBC course.

Deadline: Day 2 of the class.

To challenge a class, a student must

  1. Provide a written request to the instructor
  2. Submit comprehensive curriculum outlines identifying
    1. Class hours
    2. Course content
    3. Evaluation methods
    4. Textbooks
  3. Submit original official transcript with a final mark of at least 70%.

Tuition costs, textbook, examinations fees to be determined.

Challenge exam date to be determined by the relevant department.

Schedule an appointment with the SBC Principal if you are discontinuing your training or if you require a program change.

In accordance with Section 27(1) and 27(2) of The Private Vocational Schools Regulations, 2014, written notice to the college of intent to cease taking the program is required. Upon receipt of written notice, refunds are calculated according to the following criteria.

  • Registration fee – nonrefundable
  • 75% of tuition refunded if 20% or less of the hours of instruction delivered
  • 40% of tuition refunded if more 20%, but less than 50% of instruction delivered
  • 0% of tuition refunded if more than 50% of hours of instruction delivered.

If a student is absent from a course or program for 21 consecutive calendar days, the student is deemed to have discontinued and the course of program and the school shall immediately provide written notice to the student that the operator will retain the applicable portion.

Books not received are refunded.

Tuition refunds for students on Canada/Saskatchewan student loans are sent to the national Student Loan Centre to be applied to the student loan balance.

Tuition refunds for students supported by a funding agency may be sent to the funding agency.

Training Completions Fund

The Training Completions Fund (TCF) was established under The Private Vocational Schools Regulation Act, 2014 (Section 19) and provides consumers protection to students attending Category 1 private vocational schools. The TCF is used to provide financial resources to assist students affected by the closure of a school, either through continued training at an alternate institution or through a refund of the unearned portion of the tuition feeds paid to the closed school.