ACE Training Leads to Significant Increase of Adult Students Pursuing Postsecondary Education

ACE Training Leads to Significant Increase of Adult Students Pursuing Postsecondary Education

ACE Training at Collège Boréal Leads to Significant Increase of Adult Students Pursuing Postsecondary Education

During the 2013-2014 academic year, Collège Boréal reported a significant increase of adult students pursuing postsecondary education after having successfully completed Academic Career Entrance (ACE) training. In its annual Prepared for Success report, the College Sector Committee (CSC) for Academic Upgrading stated that 182 people had moved on to a postsecondary program after completing upgrading training at Collège Boréal, which represents a 27% increase since the 2012-2013 academic year.

According to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), approximately 5.5 million jobs will need to be filled in Canada by the New Year due to retirements and job creation. Two-thirds of these jobs will require postsecondary education or be at the management level. The Canadian labour market will need approximately 1.4 million additional university graduates and slightly more than 2 million college or vocational school graduates by 2015. Basic training allows adults the opportunity to upgrade their credentials in order to access postsecondary training.

The ACE program provides training for adults who have not completed their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The ACE certificate is considered the equivalent to Grade 12 and, upon completion, allows students to enroll in postsecondary programs. The ACE program has a continuous intake, which means participants can sign up anytime.


“The Continuing Education programs offered at Collège Boréal help adults reach their educational, professional, and personal goals. Through these programs, we encourage many adults who wish to upgrade or acquire the skills needed to access a postsecondary program in their desired field and, eventually, contribute to the economic development of their community as a skilled worker.”

Pierre Riopel, President, Collège Boréal

“Collège Boréal offers a variety of programs and courses allowing adults to either upgrade their skills in areas such as communications, distance education, and basic training or acquire necessary credentials. It is such a joy for me and my team to see these students flourish and aim for a better future by enrolling in a postsecondary program after upgrading their skills.”

Charlotte Primeau, Manager of the School of Development and General Sciences

Quick facts

College Sector Committee (CSC) for Academic Upgrading

The CSC conducts research and produces reports on a variety of timely topics and issues related to the delivery, development and operation of adult upgrading programs in the Ontario college system. The annual Prepared for Success Report examines the transition of students from upgrading programs to further education in the college system.

Collège Boréal

Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French-language postsecondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province. For the second year in a row, Collège Boréal has the highest graduation and graduate satisfaction rates of all 24 community colleges in Ontario. Moreover, 100% of all surveyed employers would recommend hiring Collège Boréal graduates!

Associated Links

To find out more about Collège Boréal programs and services, please visit our website at and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @collegeboreal.

To read the annual Prepared for Success report, visit the College Sector Committee (CSC) for Academic Upgrading website at


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