Academic Upgrading

Academic Upgrading

Our Program

About Academic Upgrading

Academic Upgrading is an in-class, free, and flexible program designed to support students by meeting their individual needs. This program brings students back to the academic world by creating individualized plans to bring reading, writing, and other essential skills up to the end of high school level.

What to Expect

As a student in the Academic Upgrading program, you 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

How to Succeed

This program is well suited for individuals who are:

  • Ready to set goals for the future
  • Willing to work and show progress
  • Prepared to attend classes regularly - at lease twice a week
  • Able to work independently
Students in classroom listening to lecture.
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Individuals who benefit most from this program are those who:

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

Delivery Formats

General Skills Development –
includes learning activities, but no academic evaluation or final grade in the following areas:

  • Computer Skills for Employment and Post-Secondary Success
  • Math Skills Refresher
  • Self-Management, College Ready Skills, Science Preparation
High School Equivalency Courses & ACE Certificate
Online Upgrading

Individualized Learning

Academic Upgrading courses may be offered in-person, online or a combination of both. 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 program better suit their needs.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Resident of Ontario (Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Refugee)
  • 18 years of age or older
  • 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.

Upgrading Success Story

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Academic Upgrading


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

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