What is ACE?
The Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) program is a government sponsored upgrading program delivered by Ontario’s Community Colleges. It is designed to help adult students acquire the prerequisites they require to meet individual goals including:
- College entrance
- Grade 12 equivalency
The ACE program at the Adult Learning Centre – Literacy North Halton in Georgetown and Milton is offered in partnership with Sheridan College.
ACE courses are accepted by all Ontario colleges. The courses have been evaluated by the Ministry of Education and are recognized as the equivalent of College Level OSSD courses for the purpose of admission to post-secondary college and apprenticeship programs. The ACE credential is also recognized by a growing number of employers including the OPP, Proctor & Gamble, Revenue Canada, CP Rail and many others.
What are the benefits?
- Earn college entrance without grade 12
- Earn grade 12 equivalency credits
- Learn in a supportive college environment
- Build skills required to succeed in college or apprenticeship training
- Flexible schedule allows for a balance between work and school
- Convenient local location
- Free tuition
What is the time commitment and long will it take?
Students must be prepared to commit to three hours in class (per course) once per week plus additional time for homework (~3 hours per course).
The amount of time it takes to complete an individual course varies from student to student and depends on their level at intake as well as the amount of independent work completed outside of class time. Students are required to take only the courses they need to meet their goals. For some, that means only one course is needed. For others, all four courses may be required. Please check the pre-requisites for the college or program you are applying to.
Students are allowed a maximum of 28 weeks to complete the ACE English (Communications) course, and a maximum of 24 weeks (per course) to complete the ACE Math and Science courses. Extra time is allocated for those requiring a review period prior to starting the ACE curriculum.
As the program is continuous intake from September to June, students who begin later in the semester may return in September to complete their course(s) provided they have not exceeded the maximum time frame.
What subjects are offered and what is the class schedule?
- English (Equivalent to ENG4C Grade 12 College English)
- Math (Equivalent to MAP4C Grade 12 Foundations for College Math)
- Biology (Equivalent to SBI3C Grade 11 College Biology)
- Chemistry (Equivalent to SCH4C Grade 12 College Chemistry)
Georgetown - Thursday evenings; Milton – Wednesday evenings
Georgetown - Tuesday evenings; Milton – Tuesday evenings
How much will it cost?
The ACE Program is funded in part by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. Tuition is free, and there is a $40 non-refundable registration fee (to register as a student with Sheridan College).
What is the class format?
Classes are delivered based on a self-paced learning format. Students study independently with the support of a Sheridan College instructor who is available to work 1:1 with students during class time. Our small class sizes allow for plenty of individual support.
What are the prerequisites?
All new students complete an entrance assessment in order to determine eligibility (see below). There are no other prerequisites required which means eligible students may start directly in the Grade 12 equivalency course(s) following the assessment. Applicants who experience difficulty with the initial assessment will be provided the opportunity to complete review and/or attend other upgrading in order to prepare to re-take the assessment.
How do I apply and when can I start?
The ACE program is a continuous intake program, which means new students can start at any time from September - June.
After attending an information session, applicants are invited to make an appointment to complete an entrance assessment. The assessor will review the results in order to place students in the appropriate English (communications), Math &/or Science levels. Applicants are called within a week about their results. If they meet the minimum requirements and the program has space, they can begin classes right away.
What credential do I receive upon completion?
Upon successful completion of each course, students will receive an official Letter of Standing from the Sheridan College Registrar's office indicating their final mark. This is the official document students will submit when they apply to Ontario College or Apprenticeship programs.
Expectations for the Initial Assessment
Applicants who wish to enter the Sheridan ACE Program must pass an initial assessment test to ensure they have the skills to begin. If unsuccessful, other upgrading options will be discussed which can help prepare students to re-take the assessment(s).
Applicants are assessed for:
- Reading comprehension (multiple choice)
- Essay writing skills
The math assessment will incorporate sections on basic math skills:
- Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying & Dividing whole numbers
- Fractions, Decimals, Percents, Ratios
Applicants are not allowed to use a calculator. A sample math assessment is available upon request.
The assessment for Biology is the same as the Communications assessment (as above). Students need to have strong reading comprehension and response writing skills prior to taking the course.
Eligibility for the ACE Chemistry course includes:
- Documentation of successful completion of the ACE Mathematics for Business & Health Sciences course (6 6200) OR
Successful completion of the ACE level 2 Mathematics assessment