The ACE (Achieving a College Education) Program, began in the summer of 1988, targeting high school students who may consider earning a college degree as an unattainable goal. This program is designed to help create a smooth transition process from high school to college.
We serve a total of 120 students in four career paths each year. High school sophomores are recruited annually, between August through December, from Phoenix and Tempe Union High School Districts and Charter Schools.
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Program Applicant Requirements
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, e.g.,
- Works 10–30 hours weekly
- Foster care
- Lives in temporary housing
- Teen parent
- Legacy-sibling or relative of an ACE participant