Academic Upgrading

Post-Secondary Preparation
Campus: Haileybury, Kirkland Lake, Moosonee, Timmins, Distance
Program Length: Custom

Academic Upgrading at Northern College offers support and services to individuals seeking to advance their education. Whether it is to obtain high school equivalent, obtain pre-requisite courses to get into a college program, or to develop computer or study skills, Academic Upgrading is here to support your pursuit of advancing your education and skills.

To learn more about our services, please email upgrading@northern.on.ca.

About Our Services
Upgrading will benefit you if:
• You have been out of school for some time.
• You need further education to achieve career or personal goals.
• You need senior math or sciences credits for a college program.
• You want to develop your learning and study skills.
• You want to improve your computer skills.

To receive an ACE Certificate, students are required to complete the communications course, one mathematics course plus any two other courses from the ACE course list. The ACE Certificate is recognized as an OSSD (grade 12) equivalent by Ontario’s community colleges and by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. ACE courses have been evaluated by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. The ACE Certificate is also recognized as an OSSD (grade 12) equivalent by a growing number of employers when hiring and promoting staff.

Free and Flexible
Our services are free, however a small fee may apply for use of texts and a $20 student fee is levied. You can begin anytime between September and May. Courses are customized to health, technical, business, human services, or environmental program streams. Timetables are individualized to accommodate work and family needs and you may qualify for transportation and/or childcare support. Our services are offered to adult learners from a variety of education levels and backgrounds.

Program Length
Program duration will depend on your needs and goals. Learners needing several subjects can, on average, complete the program within 1.5-2 years, although some may need more or less time. Programs run for 37 weeks between September and June every year. Summer sessions may be available at a site near you, based on enrolment.

How It Works
Contact the centre nearest you to arrange for an assessment with us to evaluate your current skill levels in math, communications and computers. Programs generally start within two weeks of evaluation. You will work independently on assigned tasks in a large classroom of adults and on computer. You also receive one-on-one coaching and feedback. To prepare for a college program, begin your Academic Upgrading as early as possible to ensure you are ready in time for the college program to begin. Because September is the best time to start upgrading, make your initial contact in June or late August.

Areas We Serve
We have Academic Upgrading centres at each campus and access centre. We serve all surrounding areas in Northeastern Ontario. Contact the centre nearest you to get started with our services.

Contacts & Locations

Haileybury Campus
Donna Bourton
705-672-3376 ext. 8828
bourtond@northern.on.ca

Kirkland Lake Campus
Georgina Tryon
705-567-9291 ext. 3606
tryong@northern.on.ca

Moosonee Campus
Julie Garrod
705-336-2913 ext. 5609
garrodj@northern.on.ca

Timmins Campus
Karri Kentish
705-235-7240
kentishk@northern.on.ca

Moose Factory
Nicole Corston & Luke Moses
25 Pedabun Rd. Moose Factory, ON
705-658-4726 ext. 222
turnerv@northern.on.ca

Access Centres

Attawapiskat
John Nakogee & Tricia Isaac
705-997-2477
jamesbayasdup@northern.on.ca

Fort Albany
Ed Sackaney & Isabelle Carpenter
jamesbayasdup@northern.on.ca

Kashechewan
Shirley Wynne & Jordan Wynne
jamesbayasdup@northern.on.ca

 

Iroquois Falls
Also serving the communities of Matheson and Wahgoshing First Nation
44 Anson Drive, Iroquois Falls, ON
upgradingif@northern.on.ca

Cochrane
Sarah Brown
1-149 Fifth Avenue, Cochrane, ON
705-272-4188
browns@northern.on.ca

Hearst
France Benoit
3 15th Street, Unit 3, P.O. Box 2303, Hearst ON P0L1N0
705-372-1211
benoitf@northern.on.ca

Timmins Native Friendship Centre
179 Kirby Avenue, Timmins, ON
705-268-6262 ext. 228
tnfclbsprog@ntl.sympatico.ca

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