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Mature Students

Making the decision to return to school isn’t easy. We’re here to help. Our services and supports can assist you in navigating the process.


If you are 19 years or older by the beginning of classes, but have not yet completed your high school diploma, you will be considered a mature student. This designation is intended to allow applicants the opportunity to be considered for admission based on the skills and experience they have acquired since leaving school.


Considering college but not sure where to start?

Don't worry, we have you covered.

  • Have you been out of school for a while?
  • Are you looking for a fresh start or hoping to make a career change?
  • Would you like to upgrade your skills or education for enhanced employment opportunities?
  • Do you have questions about programs and requirements?
  • Do you need help navigating your Ontario College application?

Let our Return to Learn Consultant help you achieve your goals.

CONNECT WITH US TODAY or visit our RETURN TO LEARN page for more details

Return to Learn Consultant
705-749-5530 x1363


SKILLSMARKER is a tool created to assess an individual’s skill levels in reading, writing, and numeracy – essential skills needed for work and further education. This test determines if you are eligible for direct entry into your college program of interest.


Contact a Student Advisor

A Fleming Student Advisor can provide you with information about Academic Upgrading and the SKILLSMARKER Assessment process.

  • Sutherland Campus, Peterborough: Email or Phone 705-775-1311
  • Frost Campus, Lindsay: Email or Phone 705-324-9144 x3343
  • Cobourg Campus: Email or Phone 1-866-353-6464 x1026
  • Haliburton Campus: Email or Phone 705-457-4562

If your test score indicates that you require preparatory courses before entry to college, you can arrange enrolment with the Student Advisor. Our courses are offered on a continuous intake basis so you can start anytime (except for some teacher-led sciences). Learn more here.


Second Career is an Ontario government program that helps unemployed and underemployed workers train for new careers in growing areas of the economy.

The program provides up to $28,000 for assistance in paying for tuition, books and other instructional costs, transportation, childcare, and a basic living allowance. The program is a cost-sharing grant provided on the basis of need, so applicants may be asked to contribute to their training or education.

Interested in applying? You can contact your local Employment Service Provider (ESP) to determine whether you are eligible. Learn more about the program here.


Fleming College has been providing high quality, career-focused educational programming for more than 50 years. Our certificates, diplomas and graduate certificates are widely recognized and valued by employers, and we are constantly developing and delivering new programs that reflect the regional and provincial job market.

Feeling unsure about returning to school? Our support services will help you succeed. From tutoring to counselling right through to job placement – we’ll make sure you have the tools to thrive in and out of the classroom.

We offer small class sizes, and our dedicated faculty have industry experience and expertise. Our unique learning environments and state-of-the-art labs and equipment will further prepare you for the career of your choice. Most of our programs include hands-on, experiential learning components, giving you the real-world skills and confidence to succeed in the workplace.

We’re happy to help.
Call: 1-866-353-6464 ext. 1546.

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