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    Academic Upgrading

Academic Upgrading - In-Class

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    This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

    Academic Upgrading is an in-class, free, flexible, supportive program designed to help students meet their individual college, apprenticeship or employment goals.

    Our in-class program guides students back into the academic world by creating a plan to bring their reading, writing and other essential skills up to the end of high school level.

    Our program is designed for individuals who:

    • May or may not have completed high school
    • Need prerequisite courses to apply for college programs
    • Have been out of school for a long time
    • Would like to refresh their skills

    Interested in upgrading online?

  • What to Expect

    Students in this program can expect to:

    • Work independently on assigned tasks in a classroom of adult learners
    • Receive one-on-one coaching and feedback from your teacher
    • Set aside about three months per course to allow for completion

    The duration of the program will depend on each student's beginning assessment level, his/her goals and progress in the program.

    Students are encouraged to begin upgrading as early as possible in order to meet college application deadlines.

    How to Succeed

    This program is well suited for individuals who are:

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      Ready to set goals for the future

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      Willing to work and show progress

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      Prepared to attend class regularly (at least twice per week during the day)

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      Able to work independently

    Types of Skills Preparation

    Upgrading is available in a few different formats. Select the format that best suits your individual needs:

    1. General Skills Development (includes learning activities, but no academic evaluation or final grade)
      • Computer Skills for Employment and Post-Secondary Success
      • Math Skills Refresher
      • Other (Self-Management/College Ready Skills, Science Preparation, etc.)
    2. High School Equivalent Courses & ACE Certificate

    Academic Upgrading at Lambton College is delivered using a variety of instructional modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom, entirely online or in a hybrid mode - combined classroom and online learning activities. 

    Lambton College participates in the Literacy Service Planning and Coordination process in Sarnia-Lambton. Students may be referred or redirected to other literacy service delivery providers whose programs better suit your needs.

    Admission Requirements

    Students must meet the following admission requirements:

    • Resident of Ontario (Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Refugee)
    • 19 years of age or older (some exceptions may apply)
    • English fluency (Canadian Language Benchmarks - Level 6 for all)
    • Completion of initial skills assessment


    There is no cost to take this program. Fees are paid for by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development - Employment Ontario.

    Service Charter

    Our commitment to you can be found in our Service Charter.

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