A solid education is the best first step along the path to success but not everyone knows what they want to study or what field they want to work in.
Our programs are geared to help you prepare for post-secondary studies and explore different fields so you can make an informed decision about your career choice. while you prepare, discover and get a feel for the Northern College experience, you are able to gain credits and confidence.
Academic and Career Entrance (ACE)
Brush up on your skills to ACE your future! The Academic and Career Entrance program is a grade 12 equivalency program that can provide you with the skills, prerequisites, and coursework you need to get ahead.
Academic Upgrading can help you obtain the prerequisites for college programs, prepare for the GED or obtain an ACE certificate. Upgrading can assist you in acquiring job-specific skills, improving computer and communications skills, and developing time and project management skills while helping you to become a better, more confident learner.
This is a job-readiness and post-secondary readiness program designed to meet the unique educational or vocational needs of people who would not normally consider or qualify for entry into a traditional post-secondary program. This program is also for individuals with complex disabilities who require one-on-one intervention or continuous access to technology in order to benefit from academic studies.
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
Prepare or Explore! Northern’s General Arts and Science program is a great alternative to the high school victory lap and is designed to help you make an informed decision about your post-secondary program and career choice. While learning in different areas of study while working toward a college certificate or diploma, you can earn credits that may be transferable to other college or university programs.
Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees
This program can provide you with the opportunity to study subject areas relevant to health career programs at Northern College and affiliate partners and instill an appreciation of the professional roles, responsibilities and academic requirements of health care disciplines. The goal of the program is to prepare individuals for their chosen health career program. Completing both semesters of this program will provide the prerequisites for entry into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Practical Nursing, and Paramedic programs.
Are you looking to learn while exploring your career options? This certificate program is designed to prepare you for a college trades or technology program, increase your skills and confidence with math, science, computers and technical studies, and enable you to discover more about careers in trades and technology.