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Are you ready to start your academic career but aren’t sure what your area of study should be? Are you a newcomer to Canada seeking to improve your English and/or communication skills, or looking for an education program that can facilitate your entry into the Canadian workforce? Our program offerings address a broad range of student needs depending on where you are along your educational and/or career path.

If you know what area of study you want but you need to strengthen your academic skills and explore future careers then think about one of our Pre Programs in either Business, Community Services, Health, or Hospitality or consider taking one of our General Arts and Science programs which can open the door to other academic programs at George Brown or transfers to other colleges or university.

Passionate about making a difference – our one of a kind, Assaulted Women’s and Children’s Counsellor / Advocate program may be your calling.

For immigrant students, improve your English through a course in English for Academic Purposes, or work to re-establish your home country career with one of our Immigrant Education Bridging Programs.

If you are in need of help in finding the right program for you, make an appointment with our Entry Advising Service.

George Brown College Centre for Preparatory and Liberal Studies has varied and flexible program offerings to respond to a range of student interests and needs. Programs at the Centre for Preparatory and Liberal Studies are offered in four schools:

School of English as a Second Language – housed in a brand new, state of the art learning space in downtown Toronto, the School of English as a Second Language offers instruction to English language learners and English language teachers. Students gain access to all College facilities, including free internet and computer use, and access to the cafeteria, gymnasium exercise rooms and the Student Centre.

School of Immigrant and Transitional Education – specialized programs and services with added supports designed for individuals facing barriers to employment and/or further education. Programming for immigrant students includes workplace communications courses, and professional bridging programs that facilitate entry into the Canadian workforce. Supportive transitional education programming is designed for students who identify mental health and/or addictions challenges as a barrier to employment or further education.

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences – a certificate and diploma program in General Arts & Sciences and the Assaulted Women and Children’s Counsellor Advocate program, as well as general education and liberal studies electives in humanities, social sciences and science and technology to broaden perspectives and expose students to diverse disciplines.

School of Work and College Preparation – pre programs that prepare students for further study in business, health sciences, community services or hospitality; college vocational; Academic Upgrading including literacy and basic skills for Deaf and hard-of-hearing adults; and specialized programs, including vocational training, for students dealing with the challenges of mental health/addictions issues.

Pursue your studies with the innovative educational opportunities available at the Centre for Preparatory and Liberal Studies.

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Originally I am from Guyana, South America. I migrated to Canada in 2008 with my family. School has always been a top priority for me, in my family, but my high school diploma from Guyana was equivalent to Grade 11. So, I needed to get the Grade 12 equivalency or go back to college. So, I chose the college path. My name is Nadine and I went to George Brown College in 2008. I took the Liberal Arts & Science Two-Year Diploma Program. I graduated in June 2010. I was, um, researching colleges and university, and George Brown College was highly recommended to me by a family friend. And it was an easy option, because after doing research on the colleges, George Brown College was the one that, uh, stood out to me. It prepared me. It gave me the foundation to continue my studies in university. Throughout my two years at George Brown College, I've worked hard - and the hard work paid off. I was on the Dean's List for the two years. Being on the Dean's List and receiving the Dean's Award was, um, it was a huge step for me when applying into university. The one thing I really enjoyed about George Brown College is its culture. It's not just about academics. There are a variety of things that you can get involved into. Uh, there are job opportunities for students. I actually had the opportunity to work in the counselling and disability office as a Peer Advisor. And it was really good, because I needed work experience since I just migrated to Canada. I took all of my Liberal Arts & Science courses at the Casa Loma campus. And I really liked that campus because it was a little away from the busy downtown area. But nevertheless, it was still close to the subway station, so it was easy access to downtown and also an easy commute. If I could give one piece of advice to a prospective student, I would say, just enjoy your social life and enjoy your academic careers, stay focused, and nothing comes easy without hard work.  
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