ACE Smiths Falls


Welcome to the Academic Access Centre’s Smiths Falls location

The Smiths Falls Centre has been providing Academic Upgrading to the residents of Smiths Falls and Lanark County for more than 25 years.

We offer upgrading courses in English, mathematics, computer skills and success strategies.  Take the courses you need to meet the admission requirements of your college program of choice.  Or, earn the Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate, which is recognized by employers and across Ontario as a grade 12 equivalency for admission to college.

EmploymentOntarioV2FrAcademic Upgrading at the Smith Falls Centre is an Employment Ontario program that is funded by the Ontario government.  Bursaries are available to cover tuition expenses.  This means that Academic Upgrading courses at the Smiths Falls Centre are FREE for most Ontario residents.

We are located at 52 Abbott Street in the heart of beautiful Smiths Falls.  Our hours of operation are Mondays to Thursdays, 9:00am to 2:30pm and Fridays, 9:00am to 1:00pm.

College Certificate
24 Week(s)

Program Code: 0850D01FSF
Academic Year: 2016/2017



Our Program

Prepare for college programs and/or employment by taking academic upgrading courses. Study only the courses you need to meet the admission requirements for your college program of choice. Or, earn the Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate, which is recognized across Ontario as a Grade 12 equivalency for admission to college and by many employers as meeting their minimum employment standard.

The delivery of most courses is individualized. Placement tests determine which communication and/or mathematics course(s) you start in. The length of time it takes you to complete your program depends on which course(s) you start in, which course(s) you need to reach your academic or employment goals and your own rate of progress.

To obtain the ACE Certificate you must complete ENL5958 College Preparation Communication and MAT5951 Intermediate Mathematics plus two electives with departmental approval.

SUCCESS FACTORS

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are ready to set goals for the future.
  • Are willing to work and show progress.
  • Are prepared to attend regularly.
  • Are able to work independently.

Courses

Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
DAT0110 Computer Skills A solid foundation in basic computer skills is necessary to be successful in both college and a career. Students develop skills in word processing, file management, presentation software, spreadsheet operations, as well as becoming familiar with Blackboard, Algonquin College's learning management system. 40.0
ENL5958 College Preparation Communication Good communication skills and a self-directed approach to learning are key to sustained success in both college and a career. Through individual study and frequent feedback on progress, students write essays using various organizational structures, read and report on short stories, explore and assess the role media and advertising plays in their lives and practise using Algonquin College library resources. Finally, students research and produce a report and present their findings to the class in an oral presentation. Students monitor their progress and produce work within set timeframes. This course is accepted as the English prerequisite for programs requiring ENG4C.

Prerequisites: DAT0110 and ENL5952
225.0
LFS5951 Training Plan Development A thorough introduction to Academic Upgrading is essential for future success in the program. Through assessment and goal setting, a personal program of study is developed. Students receive one-to-one academic advising, a personalized training plan, and course and college information. 30.0
MAT0010 College Preparation Mathematics - Business A solid foundation in mathematics is necessary for further study in business fields. Through individual study and frequent feedback on progress, students solve problems by analyzing linear relations, using interest, exponential functions, series and sequences and annuities. This course is accepted as the math prerequisite for business and health programs at Algonquin College requiring MAP4C and MCF3M.

Prerequisites: MAT5951
260.0
Elective with Departmental Approval Hours
ENL0074 Communications for Employment Pathway Today's workplaces require employees who possess a range of computer skills. These include properly saving, storing, and managing files and folders. Students manipulate documents in different settings and applications using word processing and presentation software, as well as email, databases and quizzes. Students conduct effective employment searches using a variety of digital techniques. 48.0
ENL5952 Communication 5 Good communication skills and a self-directed approach to learning are key to sustained success in both college and a career. Through individual study and frequent feedback on progress, students analyze the components of good writing, write short essays and business correspondence, take notes, summarize text and prepare a resume. Students identify their support system and potential barriers to success, articulate their readiness to learn, monitor their own progress and produce work within set time frames.

Prerequisites: ENL5956
223.0
MAT0001 College Preparation Mathematics - Technical A solid foundation in mathematics is necessary for further study in technical fields. Through individual study and frequent feedback on progress, students solve problems by analyzing linear relations, using linear systems, quadratic relations, quadratic expressions, quadratic equations and trigonometry of right triangles. This course is accepted as the math prerequisite for technician/technology programs at Algonquin College requiring MAP4C and MCF3M.

Prerequisites: MAT5951
84.0
MAT5951 Intermediate Mathematics A solid foundation in mathematics is necessary to everyday life and serves as a basic building block for more advanced mathematics. Through individual study and frequent feedback on progress, students solve problems using number sense, integers, rational numbers, linear and non-linear relations, exponents, polynomials, modelling with equations and data management. This course is accepted as the math prerequisite for programs requiring MBF3C.

Prerequisites: MAT5957
260.0
MAT5952 College Preparation Mathematics - Technology A solid foundation in mathematics is necessary for further study in technology fields. Through individual study and frequent feedback on progress, students solve problems using trigonometry of acute triangles, vectors, exponential functions and logarithmic functions. This course is accepted as the math prerequisite for technology programs at Algonquin College requiring MCT4C.

Prerequisites: MAT0001
250.0
MAT5957 Fundamental Mathematics A solid foundation in mathematics is necessary in everyday life and serves as a building block for more advanced mathematics. Students solve problems using whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percent, ratio and proportion, the metric system, measurement and order of operations. Through individual study and frequent feedback on progress, students refine their fundamental math skills. 270.0
SCI5952 College Preparation Biology Detailed knowledge of the human body and biological systems is essential for students entering health science professions. Students study the cell, genetics, nutrition, and the following body systems: nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, urinary, lymphatic, reproductive and digestive. Student activities include lectures, laboratory exercises, group work, online exercises and video commentary. This course is accepted as the biology prerequisite for programs in the college system, including the two year Ontario College Diploma in Practical Nursing. 160.0
SCI5953 College Preparation Chemistry Foundational knowledge of chemistry is valuable for students entering health science professions. Students study matter, the atom, the periodic table, chemical bonding, the mole, chemical reactions, gas laws and basic organic chemistry. Student activities include lectures, laboratory exercises, group work, online exercises and video commentary. This course is accepted as the chemistry prerequisite for programs in the college system, including the two year Ontario College Diploma in Practical Nursing. 160.0
SSC5727 Success Strategies Soft skills are necessary in becoming a successful postsecondary student. The skills of a successful student include analyzing oneself as a learner, solving problems, thinking critically, working on a team and following through on changes leading to the fulfillment of personal and career goals. Students explore the theories and principles of learning, brain function, learning styles, motivation and group dynamics. This theoretical foundation is used to develop personalized learning strategies that are acquired in a supportive and collaborative learning environment and can be transferred to future learning. 48.0

Fees & Expenses   

2016/2017 Academic Year

Tuition Fees listed are in effect for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Tuition Fees for part-time program: $6.42 per hour of instruction.

Tuition Fees for full-time program: $75.57 per week.

International Student Premium: $200 per week.

Tuition is free for Ontario residents who qualify for financial assistance under the Institution-Funded Special Bursary or Literacy and Basic Skills programs. Financial assistance may also be available for travel/or childcare costs.

Books and supplies are loaned to all students at no cost.

Material fee: $10.00.

Information Technology fee: $86.

Please note fees are subject to change.

Admission Requirements   

2017/2018 Academic Year

College Eligibility

19 years of age or older.

Program Eligibility

Applicants have their reading skills assessed to determine their eligibility for the program.

Application Information

Additional Information

Academic Upgrading is also offered at Algonquin College`s Woodroffe Campus and Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley (Pembroke). While learning outcomes for the Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate at the Woodroffe, Smiths Falls and Pembroke Campuses are standardized, the program of study at each location is reflective of local circumstances.

Academic Upgrading courses are offered in a classroom setting of up to 30 students. The courses have set curriculum and you are expected to meet the learning outcomes within given timelines. In light of this, Academic Upgrading is not recommended if you required a significantly modified or adaptive learning program in high school.

Algonquin College participates in the Literacy Services Planning and Coordination process in Ottawa, Lanark and Renfrew counties. As such, you may be referred or redirected to other literacy service providers whose programs may better suit your needs.

Program contact (Smiths Falls Centre):
Anne Davis, 613-727-4723 ext.3537
davisa@algonquincollege.com

Program contact (Woodroffe Campus): Academic Access Centre, 613-727-4723 ext.5722 aac@algonquincollege.com

Program contact (Pembroke Campus): Angela Woollam, 613-735-4700 ext.2677 woollaa@algonquincollege.com

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time