The Academy for College Excellence (ACE) is a full-time, first-semester community college program that targets the needs of underprepared and at-risk students, while equipping them to succeed in the technology-driven, 21st-century economy. With higher retention rates than the average community college student population and improved academic success for students, ACE has proved remarkably effective. A highly collaborative enterprise that teaches teamwork and personal responsibility, the ACE approach also promotes individuals’ self-exploration, self-improvement, and persistence. The result is a transformational learning experience unlike any its students have previously known.
- Transform students from within
- Create tomorrow’s leaders
- Work within and change knowledge-based cultures
- Improve social justice in the local community
- Change the way community colleges work with vulnerable students
ACE’s curriculum includes an array of proven and innovative strategies that give at-risk students the best chance to move successfully into regular community college academic programs. ACE’s semester of college-credit courses lights the fire of intellectual curiosity in students and accelerates the acquisition of skills essential for academic success. Most importantly, ACE helps students take charge of their learning through innovative teaching methods that create conditions supportive of learning in their minds, bodies, and lives. The ACE semester lets students reclaim the educational experience as their own and gives them a secure foothold on pathways to knowledge-based careers.