Academic Upgrading - Literacy and Basic Skills

Area Of Interest

Preparatory Studies


Continuous Intake - complete at your own pace

Program Code



Thunder Bay
Northshore (Marathon)
Greenstone (Longlac)


Upgrade Your Life!

Is not having your Grade 12 holding you back from jobs or school? Can’t get into a college program because you don’t meet the minimum requirements? Upgrade your skills and your life! Confederation College’s Academic Upgrading program helps students get ready for the Academic & Career Entrance (ACE) program. We can help you to improve your writing, reading and speaking skills, master subjects like math, science and computers and learn new skills for the workplace. If you need a little extra help upgrading your skills, the Academic Upgrading program can get you back on track.

The Academic Upgrading program is offered at the following campuses:

Top Highlights

  • Learn in an adult atmosphere
  • Continuous intake – start whenever you are ready
  • Flexible schedule lets you learn at your own pace and around your busy life
  • Study during the day, in the evening, or online through Distance Education
  • Take only the courses you need to meet your personal goals
  • FREE! — Costs are 100% funded by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development – Employment Ontario
  • Subsidies are also available for transportation and child care


Funded by:

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I am so very happy that I was able to get into the upgrading program at Confederation College. Since starting my memory has improved tenfold and I'm...
Norma--Academic Upgrading student
My experience in academic upgrading has been nothing short of amazing! ~ Andrea
I had to do a mature student assessment and I was able to do the upgrading program, which didn't take very long because of the help of the many...
“My time in the ACE program here at Confederation College has without a doubt been the best academic experience I’ve ever had...” ~ Soleil
If you want to give to yourself, believe in your dream and be dedicated. I highly recommend this program to those who want to continue their studies...
This program gave me an excellent stepping stone to continuing my post secondary education and it will be helpful in my future. ~ Shaheena
I strongly encourage anyone wanting to take the first step to achieve their dreams and to complete their education to sign up. ~ Aya
I can say that Academic Upgrading program was the best experience for me and I recommend it for newcomers, or anyone looking for a job. ~Adnan
Kiaya Drake was recognized for earning her full ACE certificate and then enrolled in the Social Worker program at Lakehead University. Though she is...
The best thing about Academic Upgrading is that I feel like my life is going to improve.
Academic Upgrading is the best place for anyone who wants to get their Grade 12 (ACE Certificate), and also help you prepare for College or University...
Jennifer K
The best thing about Academic Upgrading is that there is always help close by. You have Teachers, Coordinators and Peers. You may also like the fact...
Hope A
The best thing about Academic Upgrading is the learning at one’s own pace. Without that I would have just sat in class fumbling at what to do. I’m the...
Christopher P
Academic Upgrading is a great program for getting a Grade 12 equivalency. It is very flexible for those who have families at home. The staff are also...
Felix W
The best thing about Academic Upgrading is the amazing staff, who are always there to help point me in the right direction. Also, the resources...
Lindsay S
Academic Upgrading helps students get into a college program, either for an equivalency, or to get High School Credits. They get you going into the...
Sarah S
My time as a student of the Academic Upgrading program at Confederation College was nothing but a positive, life-changing experience. From the moment...
Aleksandra K

Judy Barton (she/her)

Program Coordinator - Thunder Bay
(807) 251-6254

Nicole Thomson

Professor & Coordinator - Greenstone & Marathon
(807) 475-6406

Contact our Recruitment Team