Academic Skills Upgrading (AU)

Academic Skills Upgrading (AU) provides adults with support to improve their reading, writing, numeracy, communications, and digital technology skills. Participants learn in small class sizes with fellow students who are preparing to pursue one of five goal paths: post-secondary, secondary school credit, apprenticeship, employment, or independence.

The program is learner-centred and tailored to individuals’ learning needs. Learners engage in a mix of live instruction, independent learning, group work, webinar sessions, and one-on-one academic mentorship. It is for learners in OALCF levels 1 through 3 and funded by the Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development.

This program might be good for you if you:

  • want to improve your reading, writing, math, computer and other basic skills
  • did not finish high school and want to prepare for your GED or transitioning to Post-Secondary
  • want to develop skills for employability opportunities, including apprenticeship
  • want to develop skills to enhance personal confidence and civic engagement with your community

Cost: Free

Requirement: Due to the Ministry policy, we require a social insurance number (SIN) for all registrations with the exception of refugee claimants.

Location: Online using our Virtual Social Change Hubs platform

Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Tuesday through Thursday.

Length: 6 months.

Semester 1: September to December
Semester 2: January to March
Semester 3: April to June

To Apply: Ongoing acceptance, application information below

Eligibility: A resident of Ontario and at least 19 years old. Further eligibility will be determined when applying.

To apply please fill out the form here

Watch the video below as CL&D staff discuss the program, its requirements, and application process to answer some possible questions:

Watch here to find out more about our current virtual learning style: