Core Essentials – A Student Support Program.

Let us help you get from where you are to where you want to be. 

Do you want extra support while pursuing your academic goals?

Core Essentials can help.

We offer FREE individualized and flexible programming to build skills in:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Numeracy
  • Digital skills
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Study Skills
  • Prepare for St. Louis certification programs

Schedule an assessment to discover:

  • Your academic strengths and any potential areas of growth
  • The pathway to achieve your long-term and short-term academic goals
  • How we can work together to help you to reach your full potential

We offer FREE class options designed to work with your life

  • In-person: [Mon – Thurs] 8:45am – 11:45am or 12:30pm – 3:00pm
  • Online: [Mon – Thurs] 9:15am – 11:45am or 12:45pm – 3:15pm
  • Remote teacher availability: [Tues – Fri] 8:45am – 11:45am or 1:00pm – 3:30pm

Start anytime during the school year (September to June)

Students who take Core Essentials:

  • Prepare for their next step such as: Secondary School Credit courses, employment or volunteer work
  • Prepare for PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition) and School-to-Work Skills Training
  • Discover academic strengths and any potential areas of growth
  • Build confidence in reading, writing, numeracy, digital skills, problem solving, communication, creativity and innovation, collaboration, and study skills
  • Focus on long-term goals and short-term academic goals

St. Louis Core Essentials Programs offer:

  • Comfortable classroom environments (in-person, online, supported remote)
  • Flexible daytime hours of study
  • Instruction tailored to your goals
  • Certified adult instructors who will guide and prepare you, respect your needs and eagerly help you learn
  • Support through Independent Remote Learning (ask for details)
  • Upgrading to prepare for many credit classes, including English and Math

Dates:  September to June /  Monday to Thursday

Time: Flexible options available

  • In-person classes: Monday to Thursday 8:45am-11:45am and/or 12:30pm-3:00pm
  • Online classes: Monday to Thursday 9:15am-11:45am and/or 12:45pm-3:15pm
  • Remote Support available: Tuesday to Friday 8:45am-11:45am or 1:00pm-3:30pm

(Length of the Program and frequency of attendance to achieve goals is determined at time of intake and during the development of your personalized learning plan.)


** NO FEES **  (Eligible students may qualify for financial support toward public transportation, technology and with child care costs.)

Register: Anytime September 2023 to June 2024

Digital Essentials is computer- based learning designed for students who want help to build their knowledge and skills in a digital, technology-based academic environment. Be ready for future credit classes, online self-study or other technology-based courses by learning:

  • Time management and SMART goals
  • Web browsing and internet safety
  • Online research skills
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a tool
  • Desire to Learn © – (D2L)

Time: Flexible options available – up to 15 hours

Support available:

  • In Person – Fridays 9:15am – 3:00pm
  • Remote – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 12:30pm – 2:45pm
  • Synchronous Class – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 5:00pm – 5:30pm


** NO FEES **

Register: Anytime October 2023 to March 2024

PSW Essentials is a Personal Support Worker preparation course offered through Core Essentials – A skills upgrading program designed within a PSW context. PSW Essentials is designed for students who want to upgrade or refresh their skills before enrolling into the (St. Louis) PSW program or pursuing health-care focused employment. The instructor will work with PSW Essentials students around such topics as:

  • Knowing how you learn
  • Hard skills vs. soft skills
  • Problem solving
  • Communication and professional behaviour
  • Numeracy, reading and writing documents

Time: Program format should take 2-3 weeks with dedicated daily learning. Personalized additional learning materials may extend time needed for completion.

Instructor available: [Tues – Fri] 8:45am – 11:45am or 1:00pm – 3:30pm

Location: In-person / Supported Remote (through D2L)

** NO FEES **

Register: Anytime October 2023 to March 2024

Start Anytime during the school-year (September to June).

Core Essentials Intake Coordinator, Dina Amorim supports students by determining their current literacy and basic skills and developing a personalized plan with them to achieve their educational, volunteer and/or employment goals.

Please call 519-503-6987  or 519-745-1201 ext. 238 to book a meeting with her.

Meet the Core Essentials Team!

  • Dina Amorim – Intake Coordinator and Workshop Facilitator
  • Stephanie Brubacher – Supported Remote and PSW Essentials Instructor
  • Vera Jbanova – In-Person Instructor
  • Heather Lee – Online Instructor
  • Nicole Pyszka – Digital Essentials and Student Support Instructor

Jaime Sobotka – Program Manager ext. 216

Tracey Renon – Administrative Assistant ext. 238

For more information, call 519-745-1201 ext. 238

or email

This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.