George Brown College
Deaf Academic Upgrading Program
About the Program
The Deaf Academic Upgrading Program is a tuition free program sponsored by the Employment Ontario through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. The program is designed to help Deaf and Hard of Hearing adults upgrade their skills in Communications, Mathematics and American Sign Language for success in further education, training or employment.
Applicants must be at least 19 years of age or mature early school leavers.
Applicants must be residents of Ontario.
Applicants are tested and interviewed in order to determine program suitability and student entry-level. Applicants are required to complete an English language proficiency assessment and an American Sign Language Proficiency Interview.
Program Start Dates
The program start dates are in September and January respectively. Our program accepts applicants up to the program start. All applicants are urged to apply as early as possible.
The program offers the following full-time courses:
Communications courses are offered at the following levels of study:
ACE (Academic and Career Entrance, Grade 12C equivalent course for college admission purposes
Math courses are offered at the following levels of study:
ACE Workplace Math
ACE Business Math (Grade 12C equivalent course for college admission purposes)
ACE Apprenticeship Math (Grade 12C equivalent course for college or Apprenticeship admission purposes)
ACE Technology Math (Grade 12C equivalent course for college admission purposes)
American Sign Language course
American Sign Language
Academic American Sign Language (to develop skills in delivering successful presentations in ASL)
There are no fees for students. This program is funded for residents of Ontario by Employment Ontario through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. In addition, students may be eligible for transportation assistance.
All applicants will be tested and interviewed in order to determine program suitability and student entry-level: Literacy Assessments (writing, reading and document use), Math Assessment (numeracy) and American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI).
Academic Essay Writing
Your essay will be marked by the Program Coordinator and one Communications professor who determine your placement by evaluating the following:
how well you focus, develop and organize your ideas,
how you organize the essay in well-structured paragraphs, and
how accurately you use the conventions of written language: grammar and mechanics.
Based on your assessment scores, you will be placed into Pre-Foundations Communications, Foundations Communications, Pre-ACE Communications or ACE Communications.
581C-200 King Street East
Toronto, ON M5A 3W8