Academic Upgrading

Most post-secondary schools in Canada have academic entrance requirements for admission, including the completion of certain high school courses. If you did not complete high school or did not get the grades that may be required to take the programs that you want, then academic upgrading may be a great option for you. Through academic upgrading, you can earn the equivalent to a high school diploma or, increase your results and grades from previously completed high school courses. With the academic upgrading resources available in your community, you will be well on your way to achieving post-secondary success, and we will help you get there! If you are looking for courses that can help you earn a certified high school level diploma, or you have questions about the costs, eligibility, length of the courses, or you are looking for an academic upgrading option that fits around your full-time employment, we have the answers for you.

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St. Charles Adult and Continuing Education - Literacy and Basic Skills and Academic Upgrading at Main St E - Hamilton East - 770 Main St

Literacy, numeracy and essential skills services to assist in transitioning to employment, apprenticeship, secondary-school credit, post-secondary education or independence

Visiting office for St. Charles LBS Program located at 196 Wentworth Street North, Hamilton, ON, L8L 5V7. Primary contact: Christine Hendrie LBS & Site Supervisor, Phone: 905-525-2268 Ext 2440, Fax: 905-526-9151, Email:

Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning - Academic Upgrading - Oakville - Trafalgar Road Campus, Rm B358

Literacy and basic skills training, including numeracy, digital, communication and interpersonal skills * helps learners prepare for employment, apprenticeship, secondary school credit, post-secondary education and greater independence

A full-time/part-time day program is offered and includes: * assessment of current academic skills * assistance with determining appropriate goals

* courses are offered at the Trafalgar Road campus in Oakville and the Davis campus in Brampton Academic Upgrading will help you to improve your skills in: * reading and writing English, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Biology (equivalent to grade 11C/12C for college admission purposes) * computer applications, interpersonal relations and self-development

OnCOURSE Education

Tutoring all ages and grades as well as adult education, specializes in working with those with learning disabilities.
Our programs include:
* Expert Tutoring in all subjects
* High School Credits. Flexible schedules, customized learning
* Exam Preparation & Study Skills
* Support & Advocacy for students with special needs
* Adult Education & Training
* Academic & Guidance Counselling

John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area - ACHIEVES

A program that supports youth in grades 6, 7 and 8 that are identified as having barriers to current and future success as a result of anti-social behaviours and/or disruptive and inappropriate conduct. These barriers eventually lead to greater risk of not achieving a secondary school diploma or post-secondary education opportunity. The program provides a variety of opportunities for participants, such as: Life skills programming, creating pro-social relationships, recreational activities, incentives for reaching benchmarks and accomplishing goals, and educational supports.

Literacy North Halton - Academic Upgrading and Literacy Programs - Adult Learning Centre Georgetown

Sheridan College Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) program:
* in partnership with Sheridan College
* Grade 12 College level OSSD equivalent courses in English, Math, Biology and Chemistry
* prepare for college entrance & Mature Student Test
* qualify for apprenticeship & prepare for apprenticeship testing
* GED (high school equivalency) test preparation

Computer Skills for Work:
* an 8 week instructor-led class for individuals who want to upgrade their computer skills in order to improve employment and career training opportunities
* adults 19 years and older *based on free skills assessment and orientation
* course covers an introduction to Windows, MS Office applications (Word, Excel), Email & Internet
* a small resource fee includes the student handbook

McMaster University - 1280 Main St W

Faculties are the Degroote School of Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Science and Social Sciences and School of Graduate Studies. Also partnered with Mohawk College and Conestoga College to offer collaborative combined degree and diploma programs.

Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning - Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support - Oakville - Trafalgar Road Campus

An inclusive space for all Indigenous (which includes all Status and non-Status, First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) as well as non-Indigenous students to build and foster a sense of community.

Services include:
For new and prospective students:
* orientation session
* peer mentors
* assists prospective students with their application and portfolio when applying to Sheridan
* help with Pathways into Sheridan

Financial Aid:
* Indigenous students may be eligible for specialized government funding
* will answer questions on financial aid including First Nations Band Funding, Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), scholarships/bursaries and Inspire

* opportunities to meet with Elders for support, guidance and teachings
* an Elder is available every Thursday

* works closely with the Sheridan recruitment team to let future students know about the diverse programming and Indigenous community at Sheridan

Halton Industry Education Council

Purpose is to enhance career education and help youth make informed career decisions.

Major programs and services:
Free, virtual interactive, on-line service that serves the entire Province of Ontario
* provides information on apprenticeships
* helps connect people looking for skilled trades employment
* apprenticeship opportunities
* employers offering apprenticeship training and jobs
* free apprenticeship job matching

Career Centre:
* provides centralized current resources
* stimulates exploration of occupations and future trends in the world of work
* helps Halton students make effective transitions from school to the work place by integrating the resources of business, education, government, labour, community organizations

School to Career Programs:
* Provides Halton students the opportunity for hands-on learning in a workplace environment
* HIEC website gives links to the various programs available in Halton

Halton Apprenticeship Advisory Council (HAAC):
Community group whose members meet to identify, communicate and resolve problems inherent in the skilled labour shortage

The Real Game Series:
Career explorations program for Grade 7 students geared to bringing real life experiences into the classroom

Employer Registry:
* Ontario's free online community connecting employers and tomorrow's workforce
* across the province, businesses can use this system to connect with elementary and high school students via a range of learning opportunities coordinated by Educators and Passport to Prosperity Coordinators

Women as Career Coaches:
Annual spring event celebrating women's goals, pathways and accomplishments
* involves a variety of women from different occupational pathways to encourage and help young women become better informed about the variety of options available to them in the world of work

Men as Career Coaches:
Intergenerational mentoring program that encourages community members to act as career coaches and discuss their goals, career pathways, and accomplishments with younger generations

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning - Academic Upgrading & Workforce Development - Cambridge Downtown Campus

Help students build skills for college, employment, or apprenticeship. Courses include communications (English), math, biology, chemistry, GED test preparation, self-management/self-direction, and computers.

McMaster University - Student Accessibility Services

Offers students with disabilities who are attending McMaster University supports to achieve learning goals
Services include: Learning strategies, assistive technologies, test and exam administration, note-taking, accommodations for courses, groups and events

Skype: sas.mcmaster

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board - FASTtrack Program - King William Learning Centre

Program is designed for adult learners interested in developing computer skills, upgrading their academic skills, and completing their secondary education. It provides the opportunity for students who have recently left high school with minimal credits to achieve a number of high school credits through the Mature PLAR process. Credit courses are offered during the day only and operate in 5 sessions of 6 weeks.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board - Continuing Education - King William Learning Centre

Downtown location of the English Language Program which offers a variety of programs to allow students to pursue and achieve their English language proficiency and educational goal. Also offers Adult Day School, Academic Upgrading, PLAR Prep - Designed to jumpstart students and get them on the continuing education track quickly and effectively