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ACE Program

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Note: The application period has closed for the 2022 year. Thank you to all that have applied. Application decisions will be announced the week of April 4. Applications will open in Fall 2022 for sophomores in the 2022/23 academic year.


Achieving a College Education (ACE) is a nationally recognized, competitive application-based college preparation program for high school students. The ACE Program targets first-generation college students to help them explore, prepare, and work towards achieving a college education. All first-generation students, college exploratory, or students who are ready to challenge themselves with the opportunity to work towards a college education while in high school, are encouraged to apply!

The mission of the ACE Program is to academically prepare students, increase graduation rates among first generation college bound students, and to assist students in making a seamless transition from high school into community college and then to transfer into a four-year university to complete a baccalaureate degree.

Goals:

  • Demystify higher education, its requirements, costs, and benefits.
  • Integrate students with college life.
  • Provide tools for students to succeed socially, academically, and personally.
  • Provide tools/courses for students to identify academic, career, and vocational goals and interests.
  • Provide continuous follow-up and support to each cohort to ensure academic retention and student success.
  • Identify scholarship opportunities and provide financial aid.
  • Empower parents/guardians to become actively involved in their children's educational endeavors.

ACE Program Structure

ACE is designed as a "2+2+2" program. Students are recruited, take courses, and are mentored while attending high school. Upon completion of high school and the ACE Program, students may continue at SCC or a community college of their choice to earn an Associate's Degree, and then transfer to a university to complete a Baccalaureate Degree.