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ACE Program

The Achieving a College Education (ACE) program began in the summer of 1988, targeting high school students who may not consider earning a college degree as an attainable goal. This program is designed to help create a smooth transition process from high school to college.

We serve a total of 60 students in 3 career paths each year. High school juniors and seniors are selected from Phoenix & Tempe Union high school districts and charter schools.

Meeting Times

Students meet during regular summer sessions and every Saturday during the fall and spring semesters.

Career Paths

The following lists include examples of classes students will take during participation in each of the specified program.

Nursing/Health Track
  • HCC130 (Healthcare Today)
  • HCC146 (Medical Terminology)
  • HCC109 (CPR)
Transfer/Social Worker Track
  • SWU171 (Introduction to Social Work)
  • CIS105 (Survey to Computer Information Systems)
  • PSY101 (Introduction to Psychology)
Business Track
  • CIS105 (Survey to Computer Information Systems)
  • GBS110 (Human Relations in Business and Industry)
  • COM100 (Intro to Communication)
  • HUM205 (Introduction to Cinema)
Design Technology
  • MET109 (Machine Trades Print Reading)
  • MET206 (CNC Programming: CNC Theory)
  • MET207 (CNC Mill: Operator Training 1)

Please Note: Classes offered are subject to change based on student enrollment and class availability. These are just some examples of courses.


  • ACE Scholarship Application
  • Student Responsibility Contract
  • Talent Release Form

Participating High Schools

  • Camelback High School
  • Central High School
  • Carl Hayden High School
  • Metro Tech High School
  • Cesar Chavez High School
  • GateWay Early College High School
  • South Mountain High School
  • Mountain Pointe High School
  • Tempe High School


Recruitment Program Coordinator

Phone: (602) 286-8187
Fax: (602) 286-8934
Building: Integrated Education Building
Room: IE1233


Fall and Spring

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8 - 11 a.m.


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