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Academic Upgrading

Northern Lakes College has strategies in place to ensure students can safely complete any practical aspects of their programs.

Do you need a fresh start? Look no further!

NLC offers accredited high school courses that can help you meet post-secondary requirements, earn a high school diploma, or gain employment. The program is designed for adults of all ages and abilities and is available full-time and part-time.

Academic Upgrading (AU) opens doors for adults of all ages and abilities. We are invested in every single one of our students, taking them from where they are, to where they aspire to be.

Are you unsure where to start? An Education Plan is the best place to start, and we can help you with that.

Contact us today! 1-866-652-3456


Integrated Foundational Pathways - Stepping Forward Program

Return to high school with ease! With the completion of the Integrated Foundational Pathways - Stepping Forward program, you can enter the Adult Basic Education or Academic Upgrading programs feeling confident. This one-year program is delivered through Supported Distance Learning and begins in September 2021.


With Northern Lakes College and the Community Adult Learning Program (CALP), you can complete all of your Basic Educational Level (BEL) and Employability Skills (ES) online. Students are eligible for a full sponsorship through our CALP.

Adult Basic Education (ABE) Courses


BEL 101, 201, 301 Communications and BEL 101, 201, 301 Social Studies

BEL 101, 201, 301, 303 Math and BEL 101, 201, 301 Science

Employability Skills (ES) 101 and 102
Includes: Computer Use/Digital Literacy, Knowing How to Learn, Creating and Using Documents, Critical Thinking Skills, and Working with Others/Oral Communications.

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Classes begin September 2021. Select Academic Upgrading and NLC will be in touch to help you determine your Education Plan.


Delivery Methods


Face-to-Face: Courses where the instructor and the students are interacting at the same time, at the same physical location. 

NLC LIVE Online™: Scheduled classes online, where students log in to a program (Blackboard Collaborate™) with instructors and peers on the same day, at the same time.

NLC Anytime, Anywhere: Courses where you do not have scheduled classes, but where you log in to a program online (Moodle) at any time and do your work. 

Blended: Courses where you have a combination of face-to-face and online (NLC Anytime, Anywhere and/or NLC LIVE Online).

Dual Credit: Students in high school can experience College programs while earning post-secondary credits.