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Integrated Foundational Pathways - Stepping Forward

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Stepping Forward program

Return to high school with ease! The Integrated Foundational Pathways - Stepping Forward program provides readiness and career investigation, and prepares you to enter Academic Upgrading feeling confident. This one-year program is delivered through Supported Distance Learning.

The program provides the structure to build basic skills aimed at Albertans to access higher education opportunities through enhanced literacy, numeracy, essential life skills, and employability skills development. The program is aimed at serving the needs of individuals in communities who do not possess high school level education.

  • Delivered through Supported Distance Learning and from any NLC Campus
  • Study face-to-face and online
  • Apply as a full-time student

UNIQUE PROGRAM ADDITION! This program includes short introductions to many careers such as carpentry, early learning and child care, cooking, employment readiness, and health care.

Students can apply for Foundational Learning Assistance to help pay for Academic Upgrading courses. Click here for more information.

There is no application fee* for Integrated Foundational Pathways - Stepping Forward at NLC! 
Visit our online application page then select Academic Upgrading and NLC will be in touch to help you complete your Education Plan. 

*All other fees still apply

Placement will be determined by an ACCUPLACER assessment.
Contact Student Admissions to schedule an appointment for a personal interview.

Program Dates


September 2022 to June 2023. Please check this page regularly for information updates.

Further Educational Opportunities


Students may wish to pursue employment or further studies.