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WHAT IS ACE?

The Academy for College Excellence (ACE) is an award-winning program designed to help students achieve more, faster—in college and in their lives. The program teaches them the skills that stay with them for life and helps them provide for themselves and their families. ACE is designed to get results for students from all different backgrounds.

The ACE is a one-semester program. Students attend full time in a cohort, which means that the same group of students takes all of the classes together. The first two weeks are spent in the Foundation Course where students learn about themselves and how to work with other students in their cohort to succeed. After the Foundation Course, students take remaining courses with their cohort team.


SKILLS STUDENTS WILL ACHIEVE :

  • Self-Confidence: Being confident means feeling comfortable with leading and following—a quality in high demand by every employer.
  • Self-Knowledge: When students know their strengths and talents, they can place them in a personal toolbox to use as needed.
  • Leadership: Students learn to create and develop high-performance teams by determining their teammates’ strengths and utilizing them to accomplish team goals.
  • Communication: Students learn to write and speak competently so they can communicate more effectively and speak more comfortably in public. Employers promote people who solve problems with powerful discussion instead of loud arguments.
  • Project Management: ACE students break projects down to manageable tasks, juggle priorities, and effectively lead and participate in teams. Project managers are in high demand in every industry and are paid extremely well for their skills. Besides, these same skills help students get through college faster.
  • Time Management: Students learn to spend time on tasks that lead to further education, career and life goals. Effective time management skills are desired by all employees.
  • Support Services: Students have free access to the following services: financial aid, tutoring, childcare, counseling, free books and more.


ADVANTAGES: 

  • Students can start college in a group environment and take their courses with the same students.
  • All coursework is coordinated behind the scenes by the faculty.
  • Students can complete their English 101 course requirement during the first term, even if they placed at the English 253 level. (Minimum comprehension score of 40 on Accuplacer is required).
  • Course work leads students to learn more about themselves—how to learn, how to make choices, and how to make a difference in the community.
  • Course work enables students to manage projects and teams, a skill set that is in demand even when the economy is bad.
  • Students can get a jump start on a degree and career.


CHARACTERISTICS OF ACE STUDENTS:

  • Place in ENG 101 (with a minimum score of 40 on the Accuplacer reading comprehension test)
  • Ability to attend school full time (14 units in regular term; 2 ½ units prior to term)
  • Willing to devote out-of-class time to homework
  • Interested in learning/improving keyboarding and computer skills
  • Interested in learning more about careers and educational paths


COURSES REQUIRED:

MAIN CAMPUS

ALISAL CAMPUS

EDU 110: Foundation Course (2.5 units) (2 weeks before term begins)

EDU 110: Foundation Course (2.5 units) (2 weeks before term begins)

EDU 111: Team Self Management (2 units)

EDU 111: Team Self Management (2 units)

EDU 112: Community Survey Results - Social Justice (3.5 units)

EDU 112: Community Survey Results - Social Justice (3.5 units)

ENG 101: Intermediate Composition & Reading (3 units)

ENG 101: Intermediate Composition & Reading (3 units)

COU 30: Career Interest and Ability Assessment (1 units)

ABT 110: Careers in Ag and Tech (2 units)

BUS 150: Basic Computer Applications (3 units)

BUS 150: Basic Computer Applications (3 units)

COURSES ADDED WHEN AVAILABLE:

AOD 1: Fundamentals of Chemical Dependency (3 units)

MAT 201: Pre-Algebra (3 units)

PE: Stress Reduction/Movement (1.5 units)




REGISTRATION/CONTACT INFORMATION:

Teresa Moreno
ACE Program Assistant/Instructor
Phone Number: 831-755-6723
Email Address: theacademy@hartnell.edu