Academic Upgrading is a program for English-speaking adults who need to upgrade their communications, math and science skills in order to prepare for college level post-secondary programs, apprenticeship or employment.
Communications courses are offered at the following levels of study:
- ACE (Academic and Career Entrance, Grade 12C equivalent course for college admission purposes)
Math courses are offered at the following levels of study:
- ACE Workplace Math
- ACE Business Math (Grade 12C equivalent course for college admission purposes)
- ACE Apprenticeship Math (Grade 12C equivalent course for college or Apprenticeship admission purposes)
- ACE Technology Math (Grade 12C equivalent course for college admission purposes)
Science Courses (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) are offered only at the ACE level for college admission purposes.
The Academic Upgrading program also offers academic and vocational counselling. Program length varies for each student according to their beginning level, their goals and their progress.
This program has intake throughout the year. Prospective students participate in an assessment of reading and writing skills to determine academic preparedness for participation.
Students begin the program with a three-week orientation to determine their appropriate upgrading class level, and create a learning goal plan. Applicants not fluent in English may be referred to an English as a Second Language program.
Students may be eligible for a transportation allowance.
There are no fees. This program is funded by the Employment Ontario branch of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
Every Ontario community college program is designed to deliver a set of specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study.
Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic eessential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).