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Academic Upgrading

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Can earn a High School Equivalency Diploma

Up to 2 years

Main Campus
The Program

The Academic Upgrading program gives adult students an opportunity to

  1. upgrade academic skills
  2. acquire High School Equivalency Diploma that is accepted by other colleges and universities in Alberta and by most employers
  3. upgrade to meet entrance requirements for vocational, career, and university programs
  4. develop teamwork skills, work with others, practice problem solving, and develop effective study skills
  5. prepare for entry to the workplace or a chosen career
  6. create a portfolio of identifiable skills
Program Content

The Academic Upgrading program offers high school equivalency in all academic disciplines. These courses are accepted in place of Alberta Education courses for admission and prerequisite purposes at RDC. The following describes the course numbering system:

  • 40/50 Levels -Pre-high school refresher courses (English, Mathematics)
  • 75 Levels -Grade 10/11 in high school
  • 85 Levels -Grade 11 in high school
  • 90/95/96 Levels -Grade 12 in high school

Visit RDC’s Course Catalogue/Timetable to read detailed course descriptions.

Delivery Options

You can learn in a traditional, classroom setting with an instructor.

Special Fees and Expenses

There is a fee to access the Placement Assessment during the application process.  You will have to buy your own textbooks. Textbooks range from $80.00 to $150.00 per course. In addition, a graphing calculator is required for your Math 85 and Math 96 courses. It will cost approximately $160.00.

Courses by Independent Study

Some courses in our program may be taken as 1-credit modules (Computing).