Destiny Discover
Upgrade Your Academic Skills (LBS)
Program Description Program Description

Program Description

This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario and through the Canada-Ontario Job Fund Agreement.

The Literacy and Basic Skills program (LBS) provides academic upgrading for students in reading, writing, mathematics and computers. It caters to adults who wish to improve their literacy and numeracy skills in order to:
• Complete their Ontario Secondary School Diploma
• Obtain employment
• Enter apprenticeship
• Prepare for the GED test
• Move towards Post Secondary College or University
• Achieve personal growth and/or independence
Instructors work one-on-one with learners in a relaxed adult learning environment.

BOLD (Bridging on Learner Development)

• Provides the necessary transitional support for PLAR
• Curriculum aligned to the General Learning Strategy (GLS)
• Opportunity to earn one learning strategy credit which can be done online
• Available at 150 East 5th and 60 Barlake locations only
• Does not run in July & Aug

Schedule and Locations

Ongoing registration
Flexible schedule
September - June: Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (150 East 5th location only)
September - June: Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (All other locations)
Monday - Thursday: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (150 East 5th)


Mountain Campus:
150 East 5th Street (at Brucedale)
905.577.0555, Press 5 then 0

East Hamilton / Stoney Creek Campus:
60 Barlake Avenue (Violet & Centennial)
905.577.0555, Press 7

Downtown Campus:
770 Main Street East (by Garfield)
905.577.0555, Press 8


Who May Apply

LBS is a non-credit program for adults 19 years of age and over. Newcomers to Canada must provide proof of Speaking and Listening CLB level 6.

How To Register

Please contact Bea Adoranti by calling 905.577.0555, ext 2443


Our LBS program is FREE.

Related News

Academic Upgrading (LBS) Leads to a Bright Future

Academic Upgrading (LBS) Leads to a Bright Future

We are proud to offer a follow up story on one of our former Academic Upgrading learners, Lisa Smook.

Lisa completed her upgrading in Academic Upgrading (LBS) and was the recipient of the Hamilton Spectator Adult Learner Award in 2012. Lisa then entered the St. Charles Credit program and obtained her High School Diploma.

Upon completion, Lisa entered Mohawk College for her E.A. certification. Another successful diploma acquired.

Hard work and determination did not stop Lisa there!

Lisa is now at Laurier University. With her Mohawk Diploma Lisa could transfer credits to the Work and Employment Program at Laurier University so that she could obtain her degree in 3 years as opposed to 4 years. This program, once completed, will open the doors to a wonderful career allowing Lisa to work in the Human Resources Management field.

Lisa is enjoying her time at Laurier University. As Lisa says, “The best experience I could have since I improved myself at St. Charles….. In the future, I would be honored if I can be a spokesperson for you and the school, by encouraging others who need our guidance to come forward and make St. Charles the best experience for future education.”

Congratulations, Lisa! Keep up the hard work and please stay in touch!
Left to right , LBS Assessor Bea Adoranti, LBS student Lisa Smook, LBS Supervisor Christine Hendrie

“Thank you for being a great part of my life.”

By Lisa Smook, a former student in St. Charles Academic Upgrading program, Literacy and Basic Skills

I want to give you an update with my future in education. I will be going back to school in September and entering (I have a smile telling you this) Laurier University. I have applied for the Work and Employment program that will allow me to work in the Human Resource Management field. Also, with my Mohawk diploma, I can transfer credits to the program so it will take me 3 years as opposed to 4 years. This program will open doors for a career.

I am thrilled because I did not realize this was an option for me. I have always been put down by others and it took one person to show me I am not what others say about me and that was my instructor at St. Charles. I was encouraged to move forward and that is what I am planning to do. I would like to thank my instructor for her words when I was a student at St. Charles; she is the best! ...