Academic Upgrading

2017/18 Program Handbook

Program Code: 1405
School of Career and Academic Access

Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

This is a companion document to the current Conestoga College Student Guide


Executive Dean, Access, Online and Part-Time Studies

Congratulations on your decision to come back to school. We are pleased to work with you as you develop and follow your career and education plans. All of our programs are individualized to meet your needs. Please let us know how we can help you. Best wishes for a successful experience.

Sandra Schelling

Chair, Access Programs

Welcome to Academic Upgrading at Conestoga College.  By enrolling in Academic Upgrading, you are taking important steps toward continuing your education that will result in benefits to all areas of your life.  Our individualized program allows you to work at your own pace in a manner that best suits your learning.  Whether you are returning to school after an absence, upgrading some courses, or looking to improve your skills for work, we are excited to support you in achieving your goals.  We look forward to working with you as you develop your learning plan and begin your upgrading.  We have no doubt that Academic Upgrading can assist you in meeting your education and career goals.

Tanya Kell

Conestoga Mission, Vision, and Values


  • Excellence in polytechnic education.


  • Champion innovation in education and research.
  • Serve community needs and priorities.
  • Empower individuals to achieve their potential.


  • Excellence in the design and delivery of programs and services.
  • Equity in providing opportunities for individuals from diverse backgrounds and communities.
  • Engagement as an active partner, responsible employer and corporate citizen.

School Mission and Vision

To support individuals in reaching their career, employment and academic goals and to respond to employers' recruitment and training needs.

Program Academic Team

Program Administration

Executive Dean, Access, Online and Part-Time Studies

Sandra Schelling
Welcome Centre, 222
519-748-5220 x3221

Program Chair

Tanya Kell
Welcome Centre, 221
519-748-5220 x2483

Program Faculty

Contact information for faculty will typically be provided on the first day of related courses.

Coordinators are specific to a campus location.

Downtown Cambridge

Sue Dawe
150 Main Street, Suite 402
(519) 623-4890 ext 7501


Adam Jensen
(519) 824-9390 x6172


Murray Stinson
Room 2
(519) 271-5700 x7227 


Brian Hofstetter
(519) 885-0300 x5229


Anne Jones
220 Colborne Street, Market Square

Program Overview

Program Description

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 Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:

  1. Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  2. Perform written and oral communications skills as required for selected work, college or apprenticeship or other training programs.
  3. Perform fundamental arithmetic calculations.
  4. Perform operations and calculations in mathematics, measurement, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry as required for selected jobs or skill training programs.
  5. Recognize concepts of physics relating to mechanics: wave motion, sound, light and trigonometry as required for selected jobs or apprenticeship or other training or college programs.
  6. Recognize concepts of chemistry relating to atomic structure, bonding, gas laws, quantitative relationships, nomenclature, electrolysis, and families of elements as required for selected jobs or apprenticeship or other training or college programs.
  7. Recognize concepts of biology relating to cells and human anatomy and physiology as required for selected jobs apprenticeship or other training or college programs
  8. Operate a computer using basic word processing and spreadsheet software.

Student Services

For general information on this topic, please refer to your Student Guide.

Not all of the services listed in the Student Guide are available to Preparatory Programs students.  If you are unsure about whether or not you can access one of these services, please speak with your Coordinator.

Program Information and Requirements

Program Information


For more information visit the Financial Aid webpage.

Many of the supports listed on this webpage are available for post-secondary students only, but may be of interest to you in exploring your next steps after Preparatory Programs.

Program Requirements

For general information on Conestoga's policies and procedures and student code of conduct information, please refer to Conestoga's Policies and Procedures webpage or to your Student Guide.

Evaluations (deadlines, tests and examinations)

Copying and plagiarism of assignments will be dealt with in accordance with College Policy regarding Academic Integrity (also referred to as Academic Honesty) as described in the Student Guide under Academic Policies and Procedures.

Student Appraisal of Teaching

Students are asked to provide feedback regarding their faculty and course by completing the Student Appraisal of Teaching or "SAT" questionnaire. This is completed for each full-time faculty member on a 2-year rotation. Not all faculty are provided with feedback during the same academic year. SATs are confidential and are delivered to HR in a sealed envelope once completed by the students. The Chair meets with the faculty member to discuss the results of the SAT.


Students may be discontinued from a program if they do not meet specific academic standards.

For more information visit the College Policies, Procedures and Guidelines webpage then click on the Academic Administration side tab and search for the document entitled Discontinuance Policy.


The program assumes that you will be in attendance according to your attendance agreement.  Our policy states that:

If you are absent for three days or more and have not been able to contact us, then you may be withdrawn from your program.  If you are absent due to illness, we may request a doctor's certificate.  If special circumstances arise, you may request a leave of absence.

Part of your responsibility is to be on time according to your educational plan (including after breaks) and to remain until the end of your scheduled time.

Please call us if you cannot be in attendance on time for a morning, afternoon, or evening class

Procedure for Reporting Absences and Lateness

Academic Upgrading students may call Preparatory Programs at the appropriate campus:

Cambridge: (519) 623-4890 x7500
Guelph: (519) 824-9390 x6167
Stratford: (519) 271-5700 x7227
Waterloo: (519) 885-0300 x5353
Brantford: (519) 753-8181

Please include your full name, reason for absence, and your telephone number.

Communication & Emailing Requirements

Conestoga will assign each student an email account upon enrolment. Conestoga will communicate information to students via their assigned account, and students are expected to check their account regularly. It is strongly recommended that all students use their Conestoga email accounts to communicate with staff and faculty at the college. 

Maintaining Student Files

Conestoga may retain examples of student coursework for the purposes of program review, accreditation, and/or for other administrative purposes. 

Standards of Conduct and Professional Practice

Another part of your responsibility is to ensure that you have read and understood the Student Code of Conduct as outlined in the Student Guide.

Conduct yourself in a manner that is appropriate for a professional, adult learning environment, including appropriate dress and language.

Electronic devices may be used for learning or instructional purposes. Professors or technologists may request devices be put away when a safety issue or distraction occurs. Devices used for accommodations are always welcome. Unauthorized devices in a testing situation will result in an academic offence and a mark of zero.

Noise Level - Talking should be kept to a minimum and at a level that will not disrupt the learning of other students.


Facility Information

For facility related information including after-hours access, parking, and classroom & computer labs at the Guelph and Waterloo sites, please refer to your Student Guide.

Facility information for students attending Stratford, Cambridge, or Brantford is not available in the Student Guide.  This information will be provided to you during your program orientation session at your site when you begin your studies.

Safety Information

For Conestoga's safety and security services and procedures at the Guelph and Waterloo campuses, please refer to your Student Guide.

Safety information for students attending Stratford, Cambridge, or Brantford is not available in the Student Guide.  This information will be provided to you during your program orientation session at your site when you begin your studies.

Student Acknowledgement and Documentation

Student Protection Acknowledgment

A Student Protection Acknowledgement confirmation pop-up will appear when a student logs into the Student Portal on a yearly basis. This will direct students to policies and procedures relevant to their academic responsibilities. All Conestoga College wide academic policies and procedures are listed on the college website under "About Conestoga", "Policies and Procedures". 

Students are advised to review and comply with all policies and procedures, including the following: 
  • Academic Dispute and Resolution Policy & Procedure
  • Academic Integrity Policy & Violation of Academic Integrity Procedure 
  • Academic Recognition Policy
  • Academic Credential Procedure
  • Clearance of Academic Deficiency Policy & Procedure
  • Co-operative Education Policy
  • Discontinuance Policy & Procedure
  • Eligibility to Participate in Co-op Work Terms Policy & Procedure
  • Evaluation of Student Learning Policy & Procedure
  • Grading Procedure
  • Graduation Requirements and Convocation Procedure
  • Honours Policy & Procedure
  • Program Withdrawal and Refund Procedure
  • Student Code of Conduct Policy
  • Student Concerns and Issues Policy & Procedure
  • Student Fees Policy & Student Fee Invoicing and Payment Procedure
  • Student Feedback Policy

Students must follow all of the policies and procedures for Conestoga College and it is expected that faculty will accept, fulfill and enforce these standards.

Program Handbook Revision Log

Program Handbook Revision Log

  • July 2016 - Annual Revision
  • July 2017 - Annual Revision

Accommodation Disclaimer

Conestoga College is dedicated to promoting an equitable environment where students have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of College life. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Conestoga College recognizes its responsibility and legal obligation to provide education, information and services in an accessible manner.

The Program Handbook is intended to provide general information with respect to program expectations. There may be individual accommodations and/or medical circumstances that require exceptions. For example, students may need to be accommodated for a missed assignment or evaluation. Students who are registered with Accessibility Services are not required to provide an additional doctor's note for a missed or late evaluation. For more information about Accessibility Services please drop in or visit our website.

We recognize that other extenuating circumstances may apply. Consult with your Professor. All exceptions based on extenuating circumstances must be approved by the Chair.