Berkeley City College (BCC)

PERSIST (Personal Initiative for Social Transformation)

Where: Berkeley, CA

ACE Partner Since: 2008

College Website:

PERSIST Website:
Note: ACE is called ‘PERSIST’ (‘Personal Initiative for Social Transformation’) at BCC.


Berkeley City College (BCC) began hosting ACE in fall 2008, and has been a steady partner since, offering one to two cohorts per semester. Since 2011, as many as 75 students a year have participated in the ACE student support and engagement model (PERSIST), many then completing coursework in two areas of Career Technical Education: Public Health and Human Services and the ROOTS of Success/East Bay Green Jobs, which focuses on environmental literacy and provides an internship in the "green" jobs sector.

Excerpt from BCC 2011-2012 Accomplishments:

  • Developed First Year Experience using Academy of College Excellence (ACE).
  • Supported programmatic initiatives in PERSIST, human services and other Academy of College Excellence (ACE) cohorts with grant funds from Title III, CTE Community Collaborative, East Bay Career Advancement Academy, and Basic Skills.
  • Presented spring workshop on Group Work: Using Strengths-Based Assessment to Create Effective Teams, based on curriculum from the Academy of College Excellence (ACE) and sponsored by the East Bay Career Advancement Academy and the BCC Teaching-Learning Center.

ACE Coordinator

Chris Lebo-Planas
Instructor, English Department
(510) 540-4835

ACE Faculty