Students who enter college through academic upgrading do better than others, according to stats from colleges across Ontario, tend to stay in the program they first register in, graduate in greater numbers, and attain higher grades than their colleagues. So consider giving yourself the best odds – consider academic upgrading to prepare for college.

    Free and Flexible
    Tuition is free. A small fee may apply for use of texts and a $20 student fee is levied. Begin anytime between September and May.

    Courses are customized to health, technical, business, human services, or environmental program streams. Timetables are individualized to accommodate work and family needs and you may qualify for transportation and/or childcare support. Take advantage of a good learning environment for mature individuals. Learners must be 19 years old (some exceptions may apply) and able to work independently in a classroom setting.

    Use Academic Upgrading to:

    • Get prerequisites for college programs: communications, math, computer, sciences.
    • Acquire job-specific skills or improve your computer skills.
    • Develop study skills, like note taking and testing. Become a better, more confident learner.

    Upgrading will benefit you if:

    • You have been out of school for some time.
    • A lack of education is holding you back from achieving career or personal goals.
    • You lack senior math or sciences in your high school credits.
    • You lack confidence in your learning skills and/or have little to no computer experience.
  • This experience...

    Matthias Koostachin

    makes me feel that I will achieve more through upgrading.

    Although this is only my first year at Northern College, my main goal is to enter the Social Service Worker program so I can have a meaningful career helping people and making a difference in the lives of others. - Matthias Koostachin, Academic Upgrading program

    I faced several challenges...

    coming back to school as a mature learner. I used to struggle with computers, and English isn't my first language.

    Thanks to the fantastic teachers, advisors and tutors at Northern, I was able to overcome these challenges. I'm now ready to start a new career and a new life. - Marc Loyer, Academic Upgrading and Business program

How it Works
Call the centre nearest you. Arrange for an assessment of your current skill levels in math, communications and computers. Start within two weeks of evaluation (generally).
You will work independently on assigned tasks in a large classroom of adults and on computer; you receive one-on-one coaching and feedback. To prepare for a college program, begin your upgrading as early as possible to ensure you are ready in time. Because September is the best time to start upgrading, make your initial contact in June or late August.

Program Length
Depends on your needs and goals. Learners needing several subjects can, on average, complete the program within 37 weeks, although some may need more or less time. Programs run for 37 weeks between September and June every year. Summer Session may be available at a site near you, based on enrolment.

Timmins Campus
Tel: (705) 235-7240
Kirkland Lake Campus
Tel: (705) 567-9291 Ext. 3606
Haileybury Campus
Tel: (705) 672-3376 Ext. 8840
Moosonee Campus
Tel:  705-336-2913 x5609
Cochrane Learning Centre
Tel: (705) 272-4188
Iroquois Falls Adult Learning Centre
Tel: (705) 232-5433
Timmins Native Friendship Centre
(705) 268-6262 ext. 228
Northern College Access Centre, Moose Factory
25 Pedabun Rd. Moose Factory, ON
Tel:  705-658-4726 x222