Academic Upgrading

Academic Upgrading is currently being delivered virtually through internet-enabled technologies. All in-person classes are suspended until further notice.

Students should frequently check Mohawk College email for updates.

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Whether you need a boost to pursue a post-secondary education or are looking to upgrade skills for employment possibilities, Mohawk's FREE Academic Upgrading program offers an exciting and flexible opportunity to help you achieve these goals.

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Email: upgrading [at] mohawkcollege.ca
Phone: 905-575-2029

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Academic Upgrading is also taught in American Sign Language (ASL) 👋

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What is FREE Academic Upgrading?

We are a flexible program designed to help you achieve your individual college, apprenticeship and/or employment goals. Our virtual courses (temporarily due to COVID-19) are designed for students who did not complete high school, need the requirements (e.g., English, Math or Science courses) to apply for a post-secondary program, or those wanting to refresh their skills. 

We offer:

  • Up to grade 12 college equivalency in English, Science & Math in a face-to-face environment.
  • GED preparation
 

Why Upgrade at Mohawk?

Mohawk College’s Academic Upgrading program offers many benefits and opportunities including:

Financial Support

  • Academic Upgrading is a FREE program! Financial support for daycare and/or transportation is also available for qualified learners. Please inquire at upgrading [at] mohawkcollege.ca ( )
  • Apply for, and earn points on,  Mohawk’s Future Ready Loyalty Card  to help you pay for tuition if you should choose to enroll in a full-time Mohawk College program.

 

Flexible Schedules

  • Attend when you’re ready! Start dates are flexible and are available throughout the September to June period.
  • Attend part-time, full-time or in the evenings.

 

Transition to Your Educational and Employment Goals

  • Attend lessons and workshops designed to support your academic and employment success.
  • Take advantage of academic resources such as access to information on How to Apply to College, Applying for Financial Aid & OSAP, and more.
  • Connect with  Community Employment Services at Mohawk  and register for workshops that can help you in your search for employment.

 

A Learning Plan Designed Just for You

  • After an academic skills review and your one-on-one interview, your upgrading plan will be developed based on your goals and focused on exactly what you need to reach them.

 

College Environment

  • Our program is offered in a thriving, well-equipped college environment 
  • Learn from qualified professors in a supportive setting.
  • Enjoy the added benefits of use of the Mohawk College library, cafeteria, and computers.
  • You’ll be surrounded by a community of other motivated, friendly students.

 

Program Options

With a focus on raising Math, Science and English skills to the college-entry level and employment standards, an individualized learning plan is created for each student entering the program. Academic Upgrading can help students qualify for admission to many Mohawk College programs and can also assist in employment readiness.

We Offer:

  • English - Grade 12 College Equivalency
  • Math - Grade 12 College Equivalency:
    • Business Math
    • Technical Math
    • Apprenticeship Math
  • Science - Grade 11 College Equivalency:
    • Biology

 

GED Preparation

Academic Upgrading can help prepare you to successfully write the GED Test.
  • The GED – or Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate – is for adults who did not finish high school. The GED is recognized by many employers and training/education programs throughout Canada and the U.S.

More information on the GED is available on the Independent Learning Centre’s (opens new window) website.

 

Admission Requirement & Eligibility

We invite all students who meet eligibility and suitability requirements set by the Government of Ontario to apply for Academic Upgrading at Mohawk College.

Eligibility requirements must be met in order to be considered for the program. These include:

  1. Applicants must have reached mature student status (19 years or older)
  2. Applicants cannot also be enrolled at a high school or in post-secondary education
  3. Applicants must be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or considered a Protected Person in Canada (with notice of decision)
  4. Applicants must be living in the province of Ontario
  5. Applicants must demonstrate fundamental listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in the English language
    • Non-native English speakers may need to prove their English abilities through either: a) a level seven (7) or higher on all sections of the Canadian Language Benchmark test, or b) proof of successful completion of three (3) or more years of study at an accredited English-speaking school.

Suitability factors are also considered in the admissions process. This is to ensure that the program remains available to those who need it. Applicants must satisfy two or more of the following factors:

Suitability Indicator

Definition

Education level attained

The highest education level the individual has completed at service/program entrance is:

  • Less than grade 12

Source of income

  • Ontario Works (OW)
  • Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
  • No source of income
  • Crown Ward extended care and maintenance

Time out of school, or training

The individual has been out of education or training for 6 years or more.

Age

The individual is:

  • Older than 45 years of age and under 64 years of age.

History of interrupted education

The individual has identified that he/she has had a history of interrupted primary and secondary education.

Person with disability

The individual has self-identified as a person with a disability as defined by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and Ontario Human Rights Code definition.

 

This includes persons who have:

 

  • Any degree of physical disability, infirmity, malformation or disfigurement that is caused by bodily injury, birth defect or illness and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, includes diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, a brain injury, any degree of paralysis, amputation, lack of physical co-ordination, blindness or visual impediment, deafness or hearing impediment, muteness or speech impediment, or physical reliance on a guide dog or other animal or on a wheelchair or other remedial appliance or device.
  • A condition of mental impairment or a developmental disability.
  • A learning disability or a dysfunction in one or more of the processes involved in understanding or using symbols or spoken language.
  • A mental disorder.
  • An injury or disability for which benefits were claimed or received under the insurance plan established under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997.

Indigenous person

A person of indigenous ancestry

Deaf / Deaf blind

The individual has self-identified as deaf or deaf blind

Francophone

Those persons whose mother tongue is French, plus those whose mother tongue are neither French nor English but have a particular knowledge of French as an Official Language and use French at home.

View the Literacy and Basic Skills Program Guidelines for more details on eligibility and suitability.

Contact Us

To apply to Academic Upgrading at Mohawk College please apply online, or contact us by email, phone, or visit in person:
Fennell Campus, room J137e
905-575-2029
upgrading [at] mohawkcollege.ca (subject: Online%20Web%20Inquiry%20-%20Academic%20Upgrading)
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Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) courses are non-post secondary courses designed to prepare you to succeed in post secondary and apprenticeship training. They are accepted as OSSD equivalent by Colleges and Apprenticeship for purposes of admission.

 

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