THUNDER BAY -- Confederation College celebrated the accomplishments of more than 300 students from its Academic Upgrading program.
The program allows people to continue their education and make a career path for themselves after they graduate.
Anyone of any age can enroll in the upgrading program throughout the year.
Fourteen students graduated from the ACE Program today, which is the provincial equivalent of a Grade 12 diploma.
Confederation College President Jim Madder said he measures the success by the smiles in the room and everyone was wearing a smile that day.
“It’s an upgrading program,” Madder said. “People come to us and they are looking for skills in numeracy, literacy and skills in order to complete their high school equivalency.”
Madder added often times people have hit bumps along the way, dropped out of high school, but now they are achieving things they never thought they would have another chance too.
Academic upgrading graduate Kiaya Drake said the program has helped her grow and develop into the strong person she is today.
“It has really prepared me for post-secondary and the challenges I’m going to have in there,” Drake said.
“I’m also really grateful for the teachers that believed in me and really pushed me.”
Each year, approximately 90 graduates from the Academic Upgrading program go on to post-secondary education at Confederation College.