Academic Upgrading – Day Program
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The Academic Upgrading program (Grades 1-12) at Columbia College offers high quality, accelerated classes that can help you obtain the education you need to pursue further education or secure employment. Our high school courses (Grades 10 – 12) can be used for Alberta High School credit.
Learners may qualify for government funding to take these courses
- Reading, Writing, & MAth Upgrading – Grades 1 – 9
- High School Upgrading – Grades 10 – 12
- Employment Preparation courses – Work Strategies and Work Experience (if required)
- Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (22.5 hours per week)
- Small classes with individualized programing
- Traditional classroom and computer supported learning
- Individual, group, and in-class tutoring available
- Experienced instructors to help reach your goal
- Career advising for short-term and long-term planning
- Take a Columbia College Assessment in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics for placement purposes
- Meet all other Admission requirements
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Course List and Descriptions
Reading Comprehension (Gr. 1-6)
Writer’s Workshop (Gr. 1-6)
These two courses at each grade level gradually develop your reading comprehension and writing skills. You will be engaged in reading fiction and non-fiction and through Writer’s Workshop develop the kind of skills that are used in the workplace. You will learn how to respond in writing to a variety of requests and situations.
Reading Comprehension (Grade 7-9) (Adult Basic Education)
Writer’s Workshop (Grade. 7-9) (Adult Basic Education)
These two courses at each grade level are composed of the following: Literature Study – three units: Short Fiction/Non-Fiction, Novel Study, and Reading Comprehension. Writer’s Workshop develops the skills you need to be an effective writer.
English 9 Literature and Reading Comprehension is designed to provide you with the oral and written communication skills, as well as, the composition and writing skills required for employment, to enter a career training program, or to continue in English at the Grade 10 to Grade 12 level.
High School Courses
Our high school courses are offered to help complete a high school diploma or meet the mature student requirements to enter College or University.
- English Language Arts: 10-1, 10-2, 20-1, 20-2, 30-1, 30-2
- Math: 10-C, 10-3, 20-1, 20-2, 20-3, 30-1, 30-2, 30-3
- Science 10, 20, 30
- Biology 20, 30
- Social Studies: 10-1, 10-2, 20-1, 20-2, 30-1, 30-2
The Mathematics courses are derived from The Alberta Program of Studies for K-12 Mathematics: Western Canadian Protocol for Collaboration in Basic Education, 2009.
Mathematics Grades 1 and 2 will provide adults with minimal mathematical knowledge the opportunity to gain the skills to develop practical number sense. Basic math skills will be reviewed and more advanced computations will be introduced. Metric units of measure will be used to assist students with making sense of the world around them. Students will develop strategies to solve a wide variety of word problems and will use patterns and relationships to analyze mathematical situations.
Mathematics Grades 3 and 4 will cover a broad range of topics including whole number concepts, whole number operations, decimals and common fractions, patterns, measurement, 3-D objects and 2-D shapes, transformations and data analysis. Students will develop strategies to sole a wide range of word problems and will use patterns and relationships to analyze mathematical situations.
Mathematics Grades 5 and 6 will continue to develop proficiency with more advanced operations on whole numbers, decimals, fractions, estimation skills, measurement, probability, and problem solving skills. Students will develop confidence measuring units of time, temperature and Canadian money.
Mathematics Grade 7 covers a broad range of topics in four strands: Number, Patterns and Relations, Shape and Space, and Statistics and Probability.
Mathematics Grade 8 continues to work on the four strands: Number, Patterns and Relations, Shape and Space, and Statistics and Probability. Students learn to represent algebraic expressions in multiple ways, use direct and indirect measurement to solve problems and use patterns to describe the world and to solve problems.
Mathematics Grade 9 focuses on the application of previously acquired computation and algebra skills and expands upon topics covered in the grade 7 and 8 math curriculums. Fundamental to the program is problem solving which integrates language skills with reasoning and mathematical concepts to understand everyday events.
Start Dates (Day Program)
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply for Academic Upgrading?
Contact Columbia College at (587) 805-0400 \ 888-235-9370 (outside of Calgary) or drop in to meet with a Columbia College Advisor. No appointment needed.
When can I start school?
There are 3 main semester intakes: January, May, and September.
What are class times?
Students enrolled in full-time studies will go to classes for 4.5 hours per day from Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
How many people are in a class?
On average, class sizes range from 15 – 20 students.
How long will the application process take?
The application process, which includes the assessment, career planning appointment, and advisor appointments, usually takes approximately 2 weeks. Funding approval can take up to 8 weeks.
How do I pay for school?
Grant funding from the Government of Alberta is available for those who qualify. An Admission Advisor will assist applicants determine eligibility and apply for funding.
Is there a student orientation?
Yes. All new students must attend an orientation session. It is held before classes begin. This is our opportunity to officially welcome you to our school and answer all of your questions.
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- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
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