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The instructors in the Academic Upgrading program helped me gain the skills needed to succeed academically. More importantly, they helped me gain t [...]

Debbi Lami
Academic Upgrading – College Preparation
Academic Upgrading – College Preparation

Academic Upgrading – College Preparation


Academic Upgrading – College Preparation

Academic Upgrading – College Preparation

One step forward, no steps back

Want to start your college career and get on the road to success but missing some of the prerequisites needed to enrol in your dream program? Academic upgrading is a flexible, personalized and supportive program that will help you earn the prerequisites and get one step closer to where you want to be.

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Program Description

Academic upgrading is:

  • A supportive program in a college environment
  • Offered during the day
  • Personalized to meet your academic and career needs
  • Onsite faculty

If you are interested in Academic Upgrading but don't see the course you require please come in for an assessment and we will help you plan your next steps.

For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Admission Requirements

  • Completion of information session and academic assessment.

For more information on doing an academic assessment, please click here.

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How to Apply

To apply to this program you must attend and information session and academic assessment. Please review the Information/Assessment Sessions section of this page for available dates and times that assessment sessions will be offered.

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Steps to Success workshop/Assessment session

The one day session begins with program information and gives you the opportunity to ask questions to determine if one or more of our programs are the right choice for you. Paperwork will be completed before this portion of the day begins.

The Steps to Success workshop offers back to school tips and skills such as learning style inventory, study, test taking skills, and time management tips. Following the workshop you will be invited to complete the online assessment that will determine your current skill levels in Mathematics and English. The assessment is not a pass or fail test – it is a tool to help us place you in the correct level.

Sessions begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. and you should be complete by about 2:30 p.m. Please plan on arriving at least 15 minutes prior to starting to give yourself time to find us.

The session is in the Simcoe building, Room 1287. Seating is limited, and you must reserve your seat for the day by calling 905.721.3131. Sessions are available on the following dates:

  • Friday, May 12,
  • Friday, June 2
  • Friday, July 14
  • Friday, August 4, 25
  • Friday, September 8, 22
  • Friday, October 6, 20
  • Friday, November 3, 17
  • Friday, December 1, 15
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Graduate Opportunities

  • Apprenticeship.
  • College.
  • Employment.
  • Other training courses.
  • Private schools.
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Course List & Descriptions

Semester 1

  • Foundations - Math

  • Foundations - Communications
  • College Preparation - Math
  • College Preparation - Communications

Courses and course descriptions are subject to change.

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Program Costs

Tuition assistance is available through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) via the Employment Ontario initiative. 

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Qualified graduates may be eligible to apply to college courses/programs across Ontario; pursue a skills training/apprenticeship program; attend private school; or apply for employment with a Grade 12 equivalency. 

 To register for Academic Upgrading, please contact 905.721.3131.

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