Post-Secondary Preparation

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
    Academic Upgrading can help you obtain the prerequisites for college programs, 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.

    College Vocational
    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.

  • General Arts and Science
    The General Arts and Science program is an 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.