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Campus: Sault Ste. Marie
Start Dates: Sep 2024, Jan 2025, May 2025
Program Code: 8214


Start Dates: New intakes every week

Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS)

  • Strengthen English, math and computer skills necessary for success in the workplace
  • Upgrade or refresh your skills prior to entering a college program
  • Prepare for the Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) program

The LBS program provides students with an opportunity to strengthen their English, math and computer skills in order to prepare for employment or enter the ACE (Academic and Career Entrance) grade 12 college equivalent program.

Our program offers daytime classes and online learning options, and we have year-round weekly intakes. LBS courses include math, English, keyboarding, and digital literacy.

Placement in the LBS program is based on assessment results. Students who qualify for enrolment in the LBS program will also work with the coordinator to establish a training plan with academic and career goals.

Faculty members create a supportive classroom learning environment where students are encouraged to learn at their own pace.

For more information, contact the Academic Upgrading office at 705-759-2554, x2433 or

Requirements & Program Information

Applicants must be 19 years of age or older (some exceptions may apply).
Applicants must be residents of Ontario.
Applicants must demonstrate the ability to read and write in English.
Applicants must complete assessments to determine eligibility and course placement. Depending on the applicant`s background, goals, and preferred method of delivery (in class or online), we may assess reading, writing, grammar/punctuation, vocabulary, numeracy, digital technology skills, listening, and/or problem-solving.Accommodated placement testing can be provided to those who qualify.
Applicants must be ready to set goals for their future, commit time and effort to courses and homework, and show progress on a weekly basis.Applicants must be able to work independently and ask questions when needed.
Following initial intake and assessment, applicants must complete a training plan and attend registration and orientation prior to starting classes.
The Academic Upgrading Program participates in the Literacy Services Planning and Coordination process in the Algoma District. As such, applicants who do not meet our minimum placement testing requirements may be referred or redirected to other literacy service providers whose programs may be better suited to meet their needs.
Our program runs year-round, and courses are delivered in a self-paced, self-directed classroom or online learning setting with instructors who guide and support students through course content and requirements.
Virtual Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Office Location: A0020, Sault College, 443 Northern Ave, Sault Ste Marie
Phone: 705-759-2554, ext. 2433


Program Contact: Academic Upgrading Office, (705) 759-2554 ext 2433,

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