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Academic Upgrading

Credential:
Certificate
Program Code:
1405
School:
Career and Academic Access
Academic Year:
2017 / 2018
Accelerated Delivery?
No

About the Program

Academic Upgrading provides adult learners with the opportunity to improve their mathematics, communications, computer, and science skills up to college-entry level. Students complete only the topics required:

- for entry into post-secondary programs, trades, apprenticeship or other college programs;
- for employment;
- for work or interest;
- for GED test preparation (high school equivalency).

Program Information

Length: Length varies with student's academic goal (average completion time is 3 - 9 months per course). Certificate program is available full-time and part-time.
Location: Brantford (Colborne Street), Cambridge (Downtown), Guelph, Stratford, and Waterloo
Start: Continuous intake

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

You may be eligible for waiver of tuition and for financial assistance with childcare and transportation. Please contact the campus of your choice for more detailed information.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to post-secondary programs at all Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology, to pursue apprenticeship training and to apply for employment requiring Grade 12 at many major employers.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Program Courses

Course Details for 2017 / 2018
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
CDEV1240 Self Management/Self Direction (ACE)

Description: This course provides students with an opportunity to learn and use success strategies that can be applied to their academic, employment and personal life. The strategies will equip them with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to become effective, confident and flexible learners. The course will focus on areas such as self-reflection, critical thinking, goal setting, study skills, organizational skills, group dynamics and career/employment exploration.
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COMM1250 Preparatory Communications-Options (ACE)

Description: This course prepares students for entry into all diploma, certificate, and some apprenticeship college programs. Students will learn how to develop and improve the skills and knowledge needed to complete the following tasks: read with understanding, interpret and analyze information, think critically, express ideas in writing, and support opinions with details. This course meets ACE Communication requirements.
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COMM1260 Preparatory Communications for Assessment

Description: This course enables students to establish their starting point in Preparatory Communications and to begin work on chosen topics. Topics will be selected for each student based on academic background and educational/vocational goal. Objectives may include reading and writing skills.
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COMM1270 Preparatory Communications for College Diploma, Certificate and Apprenticeship

Description: This course prepares students for entry into all diploma, certificate, and some apprenticeship college programs. Students will learn how to develop and improve the communication skills and knowledge needed to complete the following tasks: read with understanding, interpret and analyze information, think critically, express ideas in writing, and support opinions with details.
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COMM1280 Preparatory Communications for Trades

Description: This course prepares students for entry into some apprenticeship and skills college programs. Students will learn how to develop and improve the communication skills and knowledge needed to complete the following tasks: read with understanding, interpret and analyze information, think critically, express ideas in writing, and support opinions with details.
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COMM1290 Preparatory Communications for GED

Description: This course will enable students to strengthen their communication skills of reading comprehension, Standard English conventions, and essay writing to prepare to write the GED test.
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COMP1012 Computer Studies (ACE)

Description: This course provides students with a working knowledge of a Windows operating system, word processing software, spreadsheet software, and electronic communication to succeed in further studies and the world of work. Students will be able to create documents and navigate the Internet to conduct research and communicate in educational, workplace, and personal settings.
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COMP1680 Preparatory Computer Skills

Description: This course provides students with a working knowledge of a Windows operating system, word processing software, spreadsheet software, and electronic communication to succeed in further studies and the world of work. Students will be able to create documents and navigate the Internet to conduct research and communicate in educational, workplace, and personal settings.
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MATH1000 Preparatory Mathematics for GED

Description: This course will enable students to successfully complete the mathematics section of the General Educational Development (GED) test. Topics are arithmetic, measurement and data analysis, algebra, and geometry.
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MATH1360 Preparatory Mathematics - Options

Description: This course will enable students to increase their skills in mathematics. Topics will be selected for each student from within the major categories of pre-algebra, algebra, geometry/trigonometry, and/or finance based on academic background and educational/vocational goals. Students will learn and apply strategies, skills, concepts, procedures, and representational methods to solve problems in their selected topics.
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MATH1370 Preparatory Mathematics for Assessment

Description: This course enables students to establish their starting point in Preparatory Mathematics and to begin to learn and apply strategies and skills to solve problems in basic arithmetic.
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MATH1375 Preparatory Mathematics for Business (ACE)

Description: This course prepares students for entry into a variety of business programs. Students will learn and apply strategies, skills, concepts, procedures, and representational methods to solve problems in pre-algebra, algebra, and finance relevant to business programs and careers.
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MATH1385 Preparatory Mathematics for Technology & Apprenticeship (ACE)

Description: This course prepares students for entry into a variety of engineering technology programs. Students will learn and apply strategies, skills, concepts, procedures, and representational methods to solve problems in pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry/trigonometry relevant to engineering technology programs and careers.
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MATH1395 Preparatory Mathematics for Health Sciences

Description: This course prepares students for entry into a variety of health science programs. Students will learn and apply strategies, skills, concepts, procedures, and representational methods to solve problems in pre-algebra and algebra relevant to health science programs and careers.
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MATH1405 Preparatory Mathematics for Applied Arts and Community Services

Description: This course prepares students for success in a variety of liberal studies, media and design, and community services programs. Students will learn and apply strategies, skills, concepts, procedures, and representational methods to solve problems in pre-algebra relevant to their chosen program and career.
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MATH1420 Preparatory Mathematics for Trades (ACE)

Description: This course prepares students for entry into a variety of trade programs and apprenticeship. Students will learn and apply strategies, skills, concepts, procedures, and representational methods to solve problems in pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry/trigonometry relevant to trade programs, apprenticeship, and related careers.
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MATH1691 Core Mathematics (ACE)

Description: This course will enable students to increase their skills in core mathematics. Students will learn and apply strategies, skills, concepts, procedures, and representational methods to solve problems in pre-algebra and algebra.
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SCIE1010 Preparatory Biology

Description: This introductory course will provide a basic biology background for students with little or no previous science exposure. It will provide foundational knowledge in human anatomy and physiology of the body's organ systems. Students will examine important aspects of cellular and tissue biology. As well, each organ system will be analyzed to provide students with an understanding of how the body's systems interact to sustain life.
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SCIE1020 Preparatory Physics

Description: This introductory course will provide a basic physics background for students with little or no previous science exposure. Students will apply problem solving tactics and critical thinking techniques to develop their knowledge of basic physics concepts. Core topics in mechanics focusing on vectors, motion, and forces will be emphasized. Students will also complete one of three elective topics: Mechanics II/States of Matter, Waves and Light, or Electricity.
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SCIE1030 Preparatory Chemistry (ACE)

Description: This introductory course will provide a basic chemistry background for students with little or no previous science exposure. Students will develop a core understanding of chemistry through the study of matter, atomic and molecular structures, nomenclature, chemical bonding/reactions, and chemical composition and quantities. Students will further develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills as they investigate chemical processes related to three of five elective topics: gases, solutions, acids and bases, oxidation-reduction/electrochemistry, and organic chemistry. Computer simulated laboratory exercises and hands on activities are used to enhance understanding of course content.
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Program Outcomes

How to Apply to the Program

Please contact the program directly at the campus of your choice:

Brantford

Marisa Rentas

Tel: 519-753-8181

Email: mrentas@conestogac.on.ca

Cambridge
Susan Dawe
Tel: 519-623-4890 ext 7501
Email: sdawe@conestogac.on.ca

Guelph
Adam Jensen
Tel: 519-824-9390 ext 6172
Email: ajensen@conestogac.on.ca

Stratford
Murray Stinson
Tel: 519-271-5700 ext 7227
Email: mstinson@conestogac.on.ca

Waterloo
Brian Hofstetter
Tel: 519-885-0300 ext 5229
Email: bhofstetter@conestogac.on.ca

For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.

Disclaimer

The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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