Achieving a College Education Program (ACE)
ACE is a nationally recognized program that targets students who may not consider going to college and attaining a bachelor’s degree as an achievable goal. EMCC's program has a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) focus and is specifically designed to help students make a smooth transition from high school to an accredited community college, then moving on to a university in order to complete a bachelor’s degree.
ACE students are high school juniors and seniors currently enrolled in college courses while they are attending regular high school. Throughout these two years, ACE students take classes on the EMCC campus in order to experience and acclimate to a college environment in a real-time setting. Classes meet during the regular summer sessions and on Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters.
Upon graduating from high school, an ACE student will have earned up to 24 transferable college credits. Besides attending classes, ACE students and their families participate in an orientation and a series of ongoing activities and events such as financial aid workshops designed to keep them informed and connected throughout the two years. It is important to recognize that ACE students enrolled at one of the Maricopa Community Colleges are considered college students with all the corresponding rights, responsibilities, privileges and benefits.
The ACE program is looking for high school sophomores who have taken at least 6 high school credits at the time of the application submission and who meet one or more of the following criteria:
- First generation to attend college
- Single parent home
- Underrepresented group
- Economic hardship
- Environmental factors (Works 10-30 hours, foster care, lives in temporary housing, teen parent)
- Legacy-sibling or relative of an ACE participant
During your high school sophomore year, EMCC ACE recruiters come to some of the high schools and give students ACE applications and information regarding EMCC's ACE Program. Students can also contact the ACE Program to receive an application and more information.