Academic Upgrading is a tuition-free program (for those meeting admission requirements) that prepares you for further college learning, apprenticeship or employment.
Academic Upgrading is available to individuals:
- who don't have a secondary school diploma
- whose high school grades are too low for college or apprenticeship programs
- who completed secondary school some time ago and need to refresh their skills
- who need to prepare to write the GED test
- Learn in an adult atmosphere
- Flexible schedule lets you learn at your own pace and around your busy life
- Study during the day, evening or online through Distance Learning
- Free - costs are 100 per cent funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Development - Employment Ontario for eligible students
- Subsidies may be available to eligible students for transportation and childcare
- 19 years of age or older
- Resident of Ontario
- Provided documentation of completed Canadian Benchmark Level (CLB) 7 or higher if English is not your first language
- Completed assessment prior to starting courses
Take individual courses as needed for Academic Upgrading or pursue your Career and Academic Entrance (ACE) certificate. To receive the ACE certificate you are required to complete four courses: Communications (English), one math course and two other ACE elective courses.
Academic Upgrading Course Availability
- Self-directed study: work at your own pace, receive in-class instructor support and start at any time.
- Teacher-led study: start and end at set dates, be taught by an instructor and attend all classes.
This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.