Conestoga news

October 23, 2007 8:45 AM

Academic Upgrading Program Now Available Evenings in Stratford

Conestoga College has recently received additional funding from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to expand its academic upgrading classes at the Stratford campus, 130 Youngs St. For many years, academic upgrading has been a daytime activity. Now, classes are also available from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

According to Marilyn Haslam, Coordinator of Academic Upgrading, "We are the best-kept secret in Stratford, and these new evening classes are a great opportunity for those with daytime jobs to return to school and prepare for college or apprenticeship training. What many people don’t know is that a high school diploma is not required for entry to college diploma programs. The college preparation classes offer all the academic upgrading courses required for college entry."

College preparation courses cover subjects such as English and communications, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics. There is no tuition charge and no charge for textbooks.

"Academic upgrading is not like being back in high school,” Haslam adds. "Classes are small, you learn only the things you need to, and teachers provide plenty of one-to-one assistance. You learn at your own pace, and you can build your schedule around work and home responsibilities."

Students can study subjects they missed in high school, increase their marks in subjects they did take in high school, or refresh their knowledge in subjects they studied several years ago.

The Stratford campus is next to the Stratford General Hospital and easily accessible by city bus.

For further information and to discuss details, contact Marilyn Haslam at 519-271-5700 ext. 227. Information is also at, by following the quick links to these topic headings: Prospective Students, and Apply without a Grade 12.

CONTACT: Marilyn Haslam, 519-271-5700, ext. 227