Hope grows here!

Free upgrading of your reading, writing, math, computer and other skills essential for work, life and learning.

  • Pre- GED upgrading (see our GED Update page for changes to the GED)
  • Upgrading to get ready for apprenticeship and college.
  • Upgrading for career advancement.




  • Free!
  • A pathway to college
    (even without a diploma!)
  • Start any time
  • Individualized training
  • Learn at your own speed
  • Respectful adult environment
  • Free bus pass (if eligible)
  • Day classes in Cambridge and KW
  • Night¬†classes in Kitchener
  • resident of Ontario
  • at least 19 years old
  • if English is not your first language, you must have at least CLB / ESL Level 6 for Speaking & Listening and Level 5 for Reading & Writing

What people are saying about ESU:

I like how coming here has made me feel. The [training plan] was made just for me. [The teaching staff] made me feel important, and I value their teaching. I highly recommend ESU.”¬† Michael
Read more Testimonials.

Video (featuring ESU student)

Project READ produced several videos featuring local upgrading staff and students.