Academic Upgrading

Young man sitting in a classroom looking at cameraAcademic Upgrading provides an excellent opportunity for individuals who want to  improve their educational skills in order to take college programs or look for employment.  The program is offered at Algonquin College’s Pembroke Campus, and is free to Ontario residents.  The program assists people who have been out of work, out of school for many years, or those who have not completed high school. 

Students can take individual courses or earn an Academic Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate, which is considered a high school equivalency by Ontario Colleges when assessing applications. People who are interested in taking college programs in health sciences, and who require science pre-requisite courses, can take Biology and Chemistry through the Academic Upgrading program.

The Academic Upgrading program offers courses in:

  • English
  • Math
  • Computers
  • Success Strategies
  • Biology
  • Chemistry

Please note: Course availability is subject to applicant demand and time of year. 

To learn more about this program, please visit the Pembroke Campus Academic Upgrading page >>


Wendy Moon, Pembroke Campus,
613-735-4700, ext. 2657 or email for details and to pre-register for the upcoming information session.  

*Please note that seats are limited for these classes.