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ACE Program

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ACE Program Application Deadline: January 26, 2022

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.

ACE Program Information Session

RSVP Link:

Register to receive your virtual meeting link.

ACE Application Support Events

Applying for a competitive program like ACE can sometimes be intimidating, the SCC ACE Program would like to assist you virtually or in person. We will have English and Spanish Presentations available at all events for students and parents!

RSVP for all Application Support Events

Virtual | Zoom

In-Person | Scottsdale Community College |CC-222

  • Wednesday, January 12, 2022: 7 - 8 pm
  • Saturday, January 15, 2022: 10 - 11 am
  • Thursday, January 20, 2022: 6 - 7 pm
  • Friday, January 21, 2022: 6 - 7 pm
  • Saturday, January 22, 2022: 10 am - 12 pm
  • Monday, January 24, 2022: 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Event Support:

  • All events will be located at Scottsdale Community College in our Integrated Cultural Center (ICC 222)
  • Masks are required on campus
  • 9000 E Chapparal Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85256 Campus Map
  • If you need initial help with your personal statement, click here
  • We encourage all students to have their reference letters completed before attending an in-person event


  • 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.