CSC - College Sector Committee for Adult Upgrading

Thank you for visiting the College Sector Committee for Adult Upgrading -- the support organization representing academic upgrading programs and staff in Ontario's 24 public colleges.

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We monitor and support the needs of managers, faculty and support staff on the front lines in Ontario’s 24 public colleges and provide informed advice at the provincial level, both to Colleges Ontario and to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (formerly MTCU).

The CSC also administers the Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) program (please visit the ACE website here), a grade 12 equivalent program offered in Ontario's 24 public colleges and online.

Giving every adult in Ontario the opportunity at a better life through upgrading their education and skills is at the core of everything we do. Incorporated in 2013, we have worked to provide professional resources, information, expertise and networking opportunities for all the dedicated people who are responsible for Literacy and Basic Skills and Academic Upgrading programming across Ontario’s 24 public colleges.

As part of our mandate, the CSC conducts research and produces reports on a variety of timely topics and issues related to the delivery, development and operation of Academic Upgrading programs in the Ontario college system.

Adult learners in Academic Upgrading programs are pursuing their dreams -- to improve their employment opportunities, to qualify for further training or education, or to improve their ability to function in society.

Our Mission

The College Sector Committee for Adult Upgrading will assist the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and lead the Ontario public college system in the creation of provincial resources, procedures and standards related to the development and delivery of relevant programs and/or services. The CSC is committed to providing leadership in promoting the continuous improvement of the delivery of upgrading programs to meet the needs of adult learners.

Our Focus

Colleges have been delivering academic upgrading courses for adult students since 1967 when the public college system in Ontario was established. Since 2000, with the project funding available from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development there has been an opportunity to conduct research around the factors which enhance the success of students who return to school. The focus of the research which the CSC has conducted has been on developing effective delivery strategies based on the profiles and goals of students who participate in college programs.

Contact Us

20 Bay Street, Suite 1600
Toronto, ON, M5J 2N8
P: (416) 639-1525


Barbara Glass, Executive Director
Robin MacKenzie, Director of Communications
College Sector Committee for Adult Upgrading

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