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ACE Program

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ACE Program Application Deadline: February 19, 2021

Achieving a College Education (ACE) is a nationally recognized, scholarship-based early outreach and college preparation program for high school students. The ACE Program targets students who may not consider going to college.

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

Monday January 25th Tuesday January 26th & Thursday January 28th 6pm-7pm
Monday February 1st Tuesday February 2nd & Thursday February 4th 6pm-7pm
Register to receive your virtual meeting link.

ACE Recruitment Fall 2020

Note: The ACE Program at SCC takes place Monday – Thursday. Students that receive the ACE Scholarship will have their full tuition and fees paid for. The student is only responsible for the cost of textbooks.


  • 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.