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This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario and through the Canada-Ontario job Fund Agreement.

Preparatory Programs

These FREE programs help you examine your skills and interests while informing you about various career options. Using what you learn about yourself and various careers, you will create an action plan to achieve your goals.

Academic Upgrading

This program helps you:

We develop a customized learning plan for you based on the skills you currently have and what skills you will need for school and work. You can improve your skills in:

Some Academic Upgrading programs are FREE! We offer Academic Upgrading at multiple locations throughout southwestern Ontario.

On average, it can take 3-9 months to finish a course. We suggest you begin Academic Upgrading in October or November if you want to start a college program the following September.

View the Academic Upgrading program page for full details.

Call Niki Lang, 519-748-5220, ext. 3681 or email upgrading@conestogac.on.ca for information on the programs mentioned above.

ACE (Academic and Career Entrance)

The ACE program offers courses in:

You can take only the ACE courses you need, or you can complete the ACE Certificate. ACE courses can be taken in a classroom or online; the classroom-based courses are FREE and the online-based courses are FREE at different points during the year.

View the ACE program page for full details.

Call Niki Lang, 519-748-5220, ext. 3681 or email upgrading@conestogac.on.ca for information on the programs mentioned above.

ACE Certificate

Get your ACE Certificate by completing:

The ACE Certificate is recognized as a Grade 12 equivalent when you apply for admission to Ontario colleges, apprenticeship training and by many major employers.

View the ACE program page for full details.

Call Niki Lang, 519-748-5220, ext. 3681 or email upgrading@conestogac.on.ca for information on the programs mentioned above.

Essential Skills

Essential Skills are the skills you need for work, learning and life. They are the foundation skills that help you learn other skills.

There are nine Essential Skills:

Essential Skills training can help you:

Get your Essential Skills assessed. See how your current skill levels match up to the skills you need for the classes or training you want to take; or for the job you have or want to have in the future. Assessments such as the TOWES (Test of Workplace Essential Skills), or the ESOT (Essential Skills for Ontario’s Tradespeople) are available among others.

Contact Sherri Tryon at 519-748-5220 ext. 5604 or email stryon@conestogac.on.ca for more information on Essential Skills. Visit our Essential Skills website for more information.

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