Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) courses are government-funded courses designed to enable students to meet the requirements for post-secondary studies and certain apprenticeships. These courses will help you gain knowledge of high school subjects missing from your diploma, but are not high school credits and will not lead to a high school diploma.
A generous amount of time is scheduled for each course, and since students can study at their own pace, courses can be completed in advance of the course end date. The length of time needed to complete each course depends on the amount of time the student is able to dedicate each day.
Before taking ACE courses, you must complete the Learn to Learn online assessment to determine whether you have the basic skills required for ACE courses. This mandatory online assessment will teach you how to learn online more effectively and will help you plan your program. After you have completed the Learn To Learn online assessment contact us to register for one of the following ACE courses:
Biology is the study of life. The ACE Biology course is a study of the organization and energy of life. The course begins with a study of the common features of all life. All students will choose one module of study of the human body and will then choose to do either a second module on the human body or a module on plant biology. All students will study environmental biology which is the study of the interaction of living organisms with each other and with the abiotic, or non-living, parts of our universe. The ACE Biology course focuses on the changing environment on planet Earth, a current and crucial issue.
This Chemistry course provides learners with a strong knowledge of chemistry as it applies to industry and environmental issues. Emphasis is given to analyzing problems, performing laboratory exercises and communicating scientific information effectively. The content of the course reflects the needs of many adult learners entering post-secondary college program in health and environmental sciences. As such, it allows learners to complete three core units and two elective units of study.
ACE Physics will enable the learner to develop a foundation in the fundamental concepts of physics. The learner will qualitatively and quantitatively study and explore the topics of forces and motion; energy and simple machines; waves, sound, light, and optics; electricity and magnetism; and hydraulic and pneumatic systems. The emphasis will be on understanding the underlying physical concepts and principles, and applying them to a diversity of practical systems.
Successful learners must be effective communicators in academic, personal and work settings. Effective communicators are able to express themselves well when presenting and defending ideas and opinions by using oral, visual, and written forms of communications. Graduates who achieve the learning outcomes will have well-developed communications skills that will prepare them for success in a variety of college post secondary programs and the workplace.
The Ace Online Computer course has been designed to address new computer users who have very little (if any) experience. It is not based on a specific operating system and/or application program(s), although specific examples are used throughout the course. The course starts with hardware and software (2 types) followed by the introduction and skills necessary for students to feel comfortable with the computer environment and management skills necessary to be able communicate online with the instructor as soon as possible. It then moves forward to address common student questions and concerns and then introduces additional communication tools, such as the Internet. Ethical issues and safety are then approached in a scenario-based manner to ensure an excellent understanding when using the computer as a communication tool. Next students are introduced to and walked through generating documents from start to finish based on four of the main types of application software necessary in today's workplace technology.
The Core Mathematics course is designed to give students a grounding in varied aspects of Mathematics, including numeric and algebraic operations; measurement and geometry; collecting, displaying and analyzing data; mathematical relationships; statistics and probability; simple and compound interest; and everyday financing.
ACE Apprenticeship mathematics is designed for students preparing for various college apprenticeship programs and/or workplace who have completed ACE Core Mathematics and wish to consolidate their basic mathematical skills and improve their problem-solving techniques. Units of study include number sense and algebra; measurement and geometry; proportional reasoning; analytic geometry; relations and functions; trigonometric functions; statistics and probability; and personal finance.
The Technology Mathematics course builds on and expands the fundamental algebraic skills mastered in Core Mathematics. The objective of the course is to prepare students to have the necessary mathematical skills to prepare for mathematics-focused college post secondary programs. Students who successfully achieve the learning outcomes will be able to apply their skills to solve applied problems involving trigonometry, polynomial/rational exponential expressions, polynomial/exponential/logarithmic functions, and the principles of geometry and measurement.
This course is designed to increase comprehension and performance of mathematical operations and to involve the student in the application of business mathematical techniques. The material covered includes the study of arithmetic and geometric sequences and series; simple and compound interest; annuities; exponential growth; retail mathematics; data analysis - collecting, organizing, and analyzing data; self-study and the application of learned skills to numerous problems; developing student skills in handling business mathematical problems.
The Self management/Self Direction course provides students with an opportunity to learn and use strategies that can be applied to their academic, employment, and personal life. The strategies will equip them with the knowledge, skills, and behaviours to become effective, confident and flexible learners. The course will focus on areas such as self reflection, critical thinking, goal setting, study skills, organizational skills, group dynamics, and career /employment exploration.