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Educational upgrading

I’m looking for advise in regards to educational upgrading. Schools seems to not want to offer any assistance whatsoever. I have been told that I need to upgrade for 2 years. Taking 3 subjects per semester until I am done and meet the requirements for the program I want to enter. This seems like a very long time and I feel like their must be another way. I’m also very upset that in my 30’s I am essentially returning to high school even though I have already graduated from University. The program I want to get into requires all higher level science and math courses which I did not have when graduating high school but it’s been so long that it wouldn’t be accepted anyways.

Any advise would be appreciated including what the best schools and methods of upgrading are. Faster methods would be nice but any advise would be appreciated. I have spoken with Norquest and I was not happy with them. I am considering speaking with Nait and Macewan next. There must be other schools that offer upgrading?



16 Responses

  1. You can apply as a mature student? And get student loans. Usually you’ll qualify for some type of grant. Go to school fulltime & work part time. They’ll cover your living expenses…just be prepared to be in debt for the next 30 years lol

  2. Pam Winski Pam Winski says:

    Here’s a hint for MacEwan – rather than doing open studies, consider applying into a Bachelor of Arts program or Bachelor of Science instead (whichever is more relevent and has the classes you want to take). Rather than only being able to access open study classes which I think are mostly evening classes (I could be wrong) you’d also be able to register in the regular classes that have seats reserved for that specific bachelor program and you’d have more options available on what to take and when it’s available.
    There’s drawbacks – you’d have to pay for a UPass (forty some bucks a month, but if you bus it’s a heck of a deal) and pay into things like SAMU fees and for the fitness centre, etc. but I was told that the actual classes are cheaper that way – I haven’t checked that part for certain myself though.

  3. Pam Winski Pam Winski says:

    apply for student loans. I didn’t for the first two years I went back to university (to upgrade to get into a competitive program). it turns out that with student loans there would have been grants I would have received for a portion of funding and not had to pay back.

    MacEwan has some pretty flexible options available for courses, depending on availability and what you specifically need. Online, night, regular day classes, I think a few Saturday classes even.

    You may also be able to get ahead a semester or two by doing spring and summer classes. Spring is May/June, Summer is July/August. Some classes could be 2 x a week for seen weeks or something, for three hours, years back they had courses that would be every day for three weeks, etc. and they may still have those, so there are options available.

    Your other option would be distance learning, like through Athabasca University. The classes I’ve seen there are rather unstructured when it comes to a time-line, do you need good self-discipline to do your work and get it completed.

  4. If your low income you can get help with alberta works grants to help pay for upgrading. If your not you should try and save to get a semester done.

  5. Dee Best Dee Best says:

    Try applying as a mature student. You’ll have to take equilivancy exams to ensure you can do the work.

    • Dee Best, if OP has a good handle on English, this’d work for that subject, but if OP is missing upper-level HS math and science courses, they won’t have the background to succeed in college/uni math and science courses…

    • Dee Best Dee Best says:

      Colin Spencely I’m in macewan with a couple mature entrances. They give out study material before you take the tests. I’m sure if they prep well enough they could pass.

    • Dee Best, it’s pretty dependent on what OP is going to be taking… That approach would work for some programs, but walking into an intro physics class without physics 20 and 30 in your brain would be a horror show.

      I guess there are independent didacts out there who could teach themselves this stuff, but I don’t believe most people would have the discipline and stubborness to get it done.

      Source: Dropped out of high school and did upgrading at MacEwan to go into computer engineering. I was glad I did the full spread of math, chem, physics, and calculus…

  6. Scott Abel Scott Abel says:

    Stay in school and drugs are bad

  7. There are a few steps involved to save the most money and waste the least amount of time upgrading.
    1.find out what you want to go to college or university for.
    2. Find out if you have all the educational requirements to go to the school of choice. If you don’t
    3 look into mature student.
    4 take the tests for mature student.
    5 if you don’t pass them then upgrade.
    If you don’t have to upgrade all the subjects don’t waste the time and the money.
    I upgraded all my English and math yet I only needed to do the math as I would have aced the English. Wasted 2 years on my English upgrading.

  8. Pre-tech at Nait. 9 months and your upgrading is done. A lot of schools have requirements that some high school graduates don’t qualify for.

  9. Lisa Fedirko Lisa Fedirko says:

    Try metro continuing education.
    Definitely a cheaper option.

  10. As a mature student, I went to NAIT to challenge for English 30-1. It was a simple reading a story, answer a few questions and then give a written comprehension essay. I got an easy 83%.
    That got me in to plenty of the courses I took there.

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