The Academic Upgrading Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults is the only college-based Literacy and Basic Skills program of its kind in Toronto, with all courses taught in American Sign Language (ASL).

The Academic Upgrading Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults is the only college-based Literacy and Basic Skills program of its kind in Toronto, with all courses taught in American Sign Language (ASL). The program is for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students who want to upgrade their English, ASL and Math for success in further education, training or employment. New students can join the program each semester. There is no tuition fee for this program. Transportation subsidy is available for qualified students. The program is funded by Employment Ontario through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).

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Overview

Program name
Academic Upgrading Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults
Code
A752
Location
Experiential learning
Duration
1 to 5 semesters depending on student’s goal
Starting month
September, January
Credential
George Brown College Certificate
Method of study
FT

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2019 Continuous Open Enrollment
Jan. 2020 Continuous Open Enrollment
May 2020 Continuous Open Enrollment
International students
This program is currently only available to domestic students.

Full Description

George Brown College is a leader in education and educational services for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing staff and students. The Academic Upgrading Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults is for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students who want to upgrade their English, ASL and Math for success in further education and/or employment.

All courses are taught in American Sign Language (ASL). Each course is specifically geared to the needs and interests of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students.

Courses are offered at the following levels:

Math:

  • ACE (Academic and Career Entrance) 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)

American Sign Language (ASL)

  • American Sign Language I
  • Academic ASL

Communications

  • Pre-Foundations
  • Foundations
  • Pre-ACE
  • ACE (Academic and Career Entrance, Grade 12 equivalent course for college admission)
  • Learning Strategies

The program has intakes in January and September. Acceptance is based on an ASL and English assessment and interview.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

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).

Required Courses

semester courses
CodeCourse name
ENGL7071Pre-Foundations Communications
ENGL7073Foundations Communications
ENGL7075Pre-ACE Communications
MATH7068ACE Workplace Math
MATH7072Financial Literacy
MATH7139ACE Math for Business
MATH7137ACE Math for Apprenticeship
MATH7138ACE Math for Technology
ASL7000American Sign Language - ASL 1
ASL7001Academic ASL
PREP7139Learning Strategies

Tuition

There are no fees. This program is funded by Employment Ontario through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).

Admission Requirements

  • Admission testing and interview, demonstrating proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) and English.

This program is for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students who use American Sign Language and are 19 years of age or older.

Email deafupgrading@georgebrown.ca to schedule an interview.

How Do I Apply to the Program

Email deafupgrading@georgebrown.ca for more information on how to apply and more information about the Academic Upgrading Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults.

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Contact Us

The Academic Upgrading Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults' office is located within the School of Work and College Preparation. The office is in room 581C at 200 King St. E. (St. James Campus, “A” building), Toronto.

Intake staff can be reached via email at deafupgrading@georgebrown.ca

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