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Academic and Career Preparation (ACP)

Accepting new students!

Academic and Career Preparation (ACP) 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.

New! English for Degree Entrance course starting September 2022

Starting in September, 2022, ACP will offer an English for Degree Entrance (EDE) course at all locations. Students who complete EDE will meet the English requirement for Georgian degree programs.

Is Academic and Career Preparation right 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, including the Communications Placement Assessment (CPA)
  • 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 Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training 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.

Marco D'Intino
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
1000+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 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

Academic Career Entrance

Study online with ACE Distance.

Email: [email protected]

Select a location below

Explore Academic and Career Preparation offerings by location.

Barrie

Courses

The following courses are available at the Barrie Campus:

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

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. 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.

Workshops

Ramp Up to College

Ramp Up to College is a workshop that helps you gain confidence and skills
needed for success at college. This FREE program is the ideal stepping stone to postsecondary education.

Information regarding upcoming Ramp Up intakes is coming soon!

Intro. to Office Admin.

This FREE workshop will help you gain the confidence and skills to succeed in an office administration role.

Apply for ACP in Barrie

Please contact, by phone or email:

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-person in Midland:

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

*Evening classes also available

All 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

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

Start dates

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

Apply for remote delivery

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 at the Muskoka Campus:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computers
  • Communications
  • Mathematics (Core, Technical, Apprenticeship, Business)

View the Academic and Career Preparation Flyer.

Start dates

All courses are continuous intake through on-site, remote and blended learning options. On-site classes are available at the Muskoka Campus in Bracebridge.

Workshops

Ramp Up to College

Ramp Up to College is a workshop that helps you gain confidence and skills
needed for success at college. This FREE program is the ideal stepping stone to postsecondary education.

Information regarding upcoming Ramp Up to College intakes is coming soon!

Intro. to Office Admin.

This FREE workshop will help you gain the confidence and skills to succeed in an office administration role.

Career Pathways

This FREE workshop will help you develop a career plan.

Skills for a Digital Workplace

This FREE workshop will help you gain skills needed to work in an office setting.

Excel Boost

This FREE workshop will help you gain confidence and skills in preparing spreadsheets for employment and postsecondary.

PowerPoint Boost

This FREE workshop will help you gain confidence and skills in preparing presentations for employment and postsecondary.

Apply for remote delivery

Please contact, by phone or email:

Newmarket

Academic and Career Preparation (ACP) is now in Newmarket!

Courses

The following courses are available in Newmarket:

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

Start dates

All courses are continuous intake.

Workshops

Information regarding upcoming Ramp Up to College workshops is coming soon!

Apply for remote delivery

Please contact, by phone or email:

Orangeville

Courses

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

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

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 remote delivery

Please contact, by phone or email:

Orillia

Courses

The following courses are available at the Orillia Campus:

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

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

Ramp Up to College

Ramp Up to College is a workshop that helps you gain confidence and skills
needed for success at college. This FREE program is the ideal stepping stone to postsecondary education.

Information regarding upcoming Ramp Up to College intakes is coming soon!

Apply for ACP in Orillia

Please contact, by phone or email:

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)

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.

Workshops

Ramp Up to College

Ramp Up to College is a workshop that helps you gain confidence and skills
needed for success at college. This FREE program is the ideal stepping stone to postsecondary education.

Information regarding upcoming Ramp Up to College intakes is coming soon!

Intro. to Office Admin.

This FREE workshop will help you gain the confidence and skills to succeed in an office administration role.

Apply for ACP in Owen Sound

Please contact, by phone or email:

South Georgian Bay

Courses

Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Credits

The following courses are available at the South Georgian Bay Campus serving the areas of Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Clearview and the Town of The Blue Mountains:

  • Math (Core, Technical, Business, Apprenticeship)
  • Communications (English)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computers

View the Academic and Career Preparation flyer.

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

College Planning and Preparation

Ramp Up to College provides a solid foundation in study strategies, memory techniques, assignment preparation, and college resources. This course will help prepare you to effectively use your time in college.

Career Pathways will help you develop a career plan that considers the steps you need for lifelong learning and employment in your community.

Employment Preparation

Introduction to 21st Century Skills provides a starting point for exploring online training while boosting your employment skills in communication, collaboration and critical and creative thinking.

Introduction to Office Administration will provide you with a solid foundation in Microsoft Word, Excel and email supporting professional communication practices.

Skills for a Digital Workplace will provide you with a solid foundation in Microsoft Teams, online applications, and social media platforms.

PowerPoint Boost will help you prepare dynamic presentations.

Ramp Up to Food Service Skills will provide you with training and certification in safe food handling, responsible service, customer service, and infection prevention and control. Earn industry standard certificates and digital badges.

Start dates and locations

Classes are offered on a continual basis through on-site, remote, and blended learning options. Onsite classes are available at the campus in Collingwood and at the Wasaga Beach Public Library.

Apply for remote delivery

Please contact, by phone or email: