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Academic and Career Preparation


Academic and Career Preparation is a free, goal-directed, flexible and supportive upgrading program. It accommodates the realities of daily life, while allowing you to bring your reading, writing, math and other essential skills up to a high-school level.

How do I know if Academic and Career Preparation is for me?


Academic and Career Preparation can help you to:

  • Gain the confidence you need to succeed at work or school
  • Meet requirements for entry into college or apprenticeship
  • Get ready for testing for employment or college entrance, include the College Placement Assessment (CPA) and the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE)
  • Develop skills for success and computer skills to support your goals
  • Improve your study strategies and likelihood of success in postsecondary
  • Get high school equivalent credits
  • Get a credential equivalent to a Grade 12 diploma
  • Prepare for the General Education Development (GED) test

Eligibility requirements

You are invited to apply to the Academic and Career Preparation program if you are 19 or older and a resident of Ontario. Some applicants 16 to 18 years of age may also be eligible. Non-residents may register on a fee-paying basis.

Academic and Career Preparation is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, providing free upgrading for eligible learners. There is no tuition fee for most applicants. Assistance with child care or travel costs may also be available.

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Without the help of the Academic and Career Preparation staff and instructors, I would not be where I am today. They not only offered me a hand up, which allowed me to go to college, but also provided me with the positive support I needed to succeed.

– Marco D’Intino

By the numbers

100%

of ACP courses prepare students for postsecondary or job success

1,000+

ACP graduates enrolled in a postsecondary institution in the last four years

77%

of ACP graduates enrolled in a postsecondary program

Build your own plan


The Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate is recognized as equivalent to a Grade 12 diploma by all Ontario colleges, and by many employers. ACE also meets the requirements for entrance into apprenticeships across the province. The ACE certificate is made up of four credits, including mandatory courses.

Mandatory courses:

  • Communications
  • Core Mathematics

Any two of the following courses:

  • Technical Math
  • Apprenticeship Math
  • Business Math
  • Computers
  • Keys to Success
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
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This Employment Ontario  program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario and through the Canada- Ontario Job Fund Agreement.

Other offerings and supports


GED Testing

Although Georgian College does not administer the GED testing*, Ontario High School General Equivalency Certificate, you can attend the upgrading program to prepare for writing the GED.

For more information about the GED (Ontario High School General Equivalency Certificate) test, please visit the Independent Learning Centre.

Need a bit more help? 

As a Georgian College student, you will benefit from all the supports available through our Student Success department, including counselling, accessibility supports, as well as learning strategies and technologies. We are here to support you before, during and after you attend Academic and Career Preparation.

Upgrade at a location near you. Academic and Career Preparation is available at all seven Georgian College campuses as well as in Huntsville, Shelburne and Wasaga Beach. Each location offers a welcome, safe and friendly environment.

ACE Online

For ACE online options, please contact the Georgian College Ontario Learn office at 705.728.1968, ext. 5116.

Select a campus below


Barrie


Courses

The following courses are available at the Barrie Campus:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computers
  • Communications *
  • Keys to Success **
  • Mathematics (Core, Technical, Apprenticeship, Business)*

*Evening classes also available

**Online classes also available

Biology, Chemistry and Keys to Success are teacher-led, which means that the class moves through the material as a group, with regularly scheduled tests, assignments and labs (Keys to Success is also available online). The other courses are based on individualized plans with assignments and tests scheduled as appropriate for each student.

Start dates

Most courses have monthly start dates, with the exception of Biology and Chemistry.

Apply for in-class courses

Please contact, by phone, email or in-person:

Apply for ACE Distance Courses

I wouldn't be where I am today without the backing and support of the Academic and Career Preparation staff and faculty. Stacey Flynn.

Midland


Courses

The following courses are available in Midland:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computers*
  • Communications*
  • Keys to Success
  • Mathematics (Core, Technical, Apprenticeship, Business)*

*Evening classes also available

Biology and Chemistry are teacher-led, which means that the class moves through the material as a group, with regularly scheduled tests, assignments and labs. The other courses are based on individualized plans with assignments and tests scheduled as appropriate for each student.

Endless Possibilities

  • Learn Microsoft Office to support employment and education
  • Set realistic objectives to move forward with employment and training goals
  • Build confidence and resources to achieve your next steps forward
  • Increase personal leadership in a respectful and empowering environment

Exploring Trades

  • Practice  math and communication skills specific to trades
  • Learn about trade specific programs and apprenticeship opportunities

Start dates

Start dates are on a continual basis during the academic year with the exception of Biology and Chemistry.

GED Achievement Test Preparation

  • Complete a readiness assessment to set a GED preparation plan
  • Improve  your success through coaching sessions
  • Gain the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to achieve your GED

Apply for in-class courses

Please contact, by phone, email or in-person:

Apply for ACE Distance Courses

Woman in pharmacy testimonial "Georgian's Academic and Career Preparation program helped me become a role model for my children. I am very excited for my happy ending." Patty Keith

Muskoka


Courses

The following courses are available in either Huntsville (HV) or Bracebridge (BB):

  • Biology (BB)
  • Chemistry (BB)
  • Computers* (BB, HV)
  • Communications* (BB, HV)
  • Keys to Success (BB, HV)
  • Mathematics (Core, Technical, Apprenticeship, Business)* (BB, HV)

*Evening classes also available

Biology and Chemistry are teacher-led, which means that the class moves through the material as a group, with regularly scheduled tests, assignments and labs. The other courses are based on individualized plans with assignments and tests scheduled as appropriate for each student.

Start dates

Most courses are continuous intake, with the exception of Biology and Chemistry.

Apply for in-class courses

Please contact, by phone, email or in-person:

Apply for ACE Distance Courses

Orangeville


Courses

The following courses are available in either Orangeville (OV) or Shelburne (SH):

  • Biology (OV, SH)
  • Chemistry (OV, SH)
  • Communications (OV, SH)
  • Computers (OV)
  • LBS (Literacy and Basic Skills) Mathematics, English, including General Educational Development (GED) test preparation (OV, SH)
  • Mathematics (Core, Business, Technical) (OV, SH)

Courses are based on individualized plans with assignments and tests scheduled as appropriate for each student. GED test preparation is offered in independent study format with individualized assistance.

Start dates

All courses are continuous intake with the exception of Pathways to Employment.

Apply for in-class courses

Please contact, by phone, email or in-person:

Apply for ACE Distance Courses

Orillia


Courses

The following courses are available at the Orillia Campus:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computers*
  • Communications*
  • Keys to Success**
  • Mathematics (Core, Technical, Apprenticeship, Business)*

*Evening classes available
**Online classes available

Keys to Success is teacher-led, which means that the class moves through the material as a group, with regularly scheduled tests, assignments and labs. The other courses are based on individualized plans with assignments and tests scheduled as appropriate for each student.

Start dates

All courses have monthly start dates with the exception of Biology.

Workshops

Pathways to Employment

Pathways to Employment is a four-week workshop that helps you gain the confidence and skills needed for success in today’s workforce. This program is an ideal stepping stone to further educational opportunities.

Included in the program:

  • Service Excellence certificate
  • Smart Serve certificate
  • Educational/work planning
  • Computer Skills
  • Workplace math/communications

For more information, contact Jennifer Rousseau at 705.325.2740, ext. 3024

Apply for in-class courses

Please contact, by phone, email or in-person:

Apply for ACE Distance Courses

Owen Sound


Courses

The following courses are available at the Owen Sound Campus:

  • Biology*
  • Chemistry*
  • Computers
  • Communications*
  • Keys to Success**
  • Mathematics (Core, Technical, Apprenticeship, Business)*

*Evening classes available
**Online

Biology and Chemistry are teacher-led, which means that the class moves through the material as a group, with regularly scheduled tests, assignments and labs. The other courses are based on individualized plans with assignments and tests scheduled as appropriate for each student.

Start dates

Most courses have monthly start dates, with the exception of Biology and Chemistry.

Pathways to Employment

This is a FREE three-week program that helps you gain the confidence and skills needed for success in today’s workforce. Add new computer, communication and planning skills and qualifications to your resume.

Apply for in-class courses

Please contact, by phone, email or in-person:

Apply for ACE Distance Courses

South Georgian Bay


Courses

Academic and Career Preparation

  • Upgrade your skills for work, training or college education
  • Complete admission requirements for college and apprenticeship (ACE credits)
  • Increase skills in math, science, communications and/or computers

Learn more

GED Achievement Test Preparation

  • Complete a readiness assessment to set a GED preparation plan
  • Improve  your success through coaching sessions
  • Gain the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to achieve your GED

Exploring Trades

  • Practice  math and communication skills specific to trades
  • Use simulation software to practice carpentry skills
  • Learn about trade specific programs and apprenticeship opportunities

Learn more

Endless Possibilities

  • Learn Microsoft Office to support employment and education
  • Set realistic objectives to move forward with employment and training goals
  • Build confidence and resources to achieve your next steps forward
  • Increase personal leadership in a respectful and empowering environment

 

Start dates

Start dates are on a continual basis during the academic year.

Summer Programs

Ramp Up To College

Ramp Up to College at the South Georgian Bay Campus Collingwood. August 6 to 22. 9am to noon. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

 

 

 

Locations

Collingwood

John Di Poce South Georgian Bay Campus,

499 Raglan St., Collingwood

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics (Core, Technical, Apprenticeship, Business)
  • Communications
  • Computer
  • Endless Possibilities
  • Exploring Trades
  • GED Achievement Preparation

 

Wasaga Beach 

Classes available at:

  • Wasaga Beach Library
  • Career Solutions
  • Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce

Apply for in-class courses

Please contact, by phone, email or in-person: