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Academic Upgrading

Academic Upgrading Program

Are you dreaming of a new career? Have you been out of school for a while? Upgrade your future now with the Academic Upgrading program at Northern Lakes College. Academic Upgrading can provide you with the courses you need to meet your career goals! With flexible high school offerings, this program is an accessible and affordable way to prepare you for your high school diploma, career training, or employment.

At NLC, we understand our students need the flexibility to balance work and home. Our Academic Upgrading program is flexible enough to fit into your lifestyle:

  • Take classes from home, work, or on-campus
  • Study face-to-face or online
  • Apply as a part-time or full-time student

The Academic Upgrading program assists adults of all ages and abilities.

Students can apply for Learner Income Support Office (LISO) funding, formally known as Alberta Works. Click here for more information.

NEW! You can now study from home and still receive funding, there is no longer a requirement to attend classes at a Northern Lakes College campus.

Begin in February 2022. Applying online is free! Select Academic Upgrading and NLC will be in touch to help you complete your Education Plan.

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

Are you applying for term 2 beginning February 7, 2022? Students should submit their application by November 26, 2021. Late applications may be considered pending available seats in the program.

Program Dates


Academic Upgrading Term1 September 1, 2021 - January 28, 2022

Academic Upgrading Term 2 February 7, 2022 – June 24, 2022
Term 2 Orientation onsite February 7 and online February 8-9, 2022

Areas of Study


The Academic Upgrading program will help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in pursuing your post-secondary education, obtaining your high school diploma, or employment. Academic Upgrading courses include:

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Technology
  • Cree Language & Culture
  • English Language Arts
  • Information Processing
  • Life Essentials
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Further Educational Opportunities


Students may wish to pursue career or post-secondary studies.