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Junior ACE Program

The Salt River Junior ACE Program

The Jr. ACE Program is a new collaborative venture involving Scottsdale Community College and the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC). The project engages SRPMIC 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in a bridge program that benefits them with college related experiences. 


Working collectively and responsibly, we help our students recognize and become prepared for post-secondary opportunities.

  • To strengthen and continue expectations of education for middle-school students residing within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC).
  • To increase the high school completion rate of students participating in the Salt River Jr. ACE Program.
  • To help the children of SRPMIC become productively, and meaningfully engaged in the local learning process, thus enhancing the community's quality of life as defined by the community.
Jr. ACE Experiences:
Pre-college week activities
  • Student and Family Orientation
Jr. ACE College Experience at SCC
  • Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math (STEaM)
  • Team Building
  • Career Exploration
  • Goal Setting
  • Physical fitness, Nutrition & Wellness
  • Community speakers/ Culture
  • Field Trips
Post Jr. ACE College Week Retention and Bridge Activities
  • Cultural Activities
  • Academic support workshops
  • Life skills workshops
  • Motivational speakers
  • College prep workshops
  • Family networking activities
Program Eligibility
  • Students must be a member of SRPMIC, live in the SRPMIC, attend SRPMIC schools, or be a returning student or sibiling. (Program participants must be in the 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grades).
  • Submit a completed Jr. ACE Application to one of the SRPMIC contacts.
  • Attend a mandatory Jr. ACE Student/Parent Orientation.