Accelerated College Experience (ACE)
Oakland ACE is an early college program for students enrolled at participating Oakland County high schools.
ACE offers students the opportunity, guidance, and support to earn as much as an associate degree while still in high school.
Students apply in the 10th grade and commit to a three-year program spanning grades 11 and 12, plus an additional year as a full-time student at Oakland Community College (OCC). Splitting time between courses at their home high school and college classes at OCC, students work toward their diploma and a college degree at the same time.
There is no cost to the students or their families for tuition, fees, or books.
To be eligible to apply for the ACE Program, students must:
- Be a current 10th grade student in a participating high school
- Have a high school GPA of 2.0, or higher, with all 9th and 10th grade Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements completed
- Earn qualifying scores on Reading and Writing placement tests administered during the application process.
The ACE program serves motivated high school students enrolled in participating Oakland County school districts. The program is designed for students who feel academically, socially, and emotionally ready for a college experience; but may be unsure about where to go, how to go, and what to do when they get there. The ACE Program provides wrap-around support for the transition from high school to college.
Students accepted into the ACE program agree to a three-year program of study. During the first year (grade 11), students have a half-time schedule at their high school and half time at Oakland Community College (OCC). In their second year (grade 12), ACE students take two-thirds of their schedule at OCC, and the rest at their high school. Then, in the final year, they take a fulltime schedule at OCC.
In order to motivate and support students taking on the rigors of both high school and college coursework, ACE students are required to attend a weekly College Success Seminar at OCC all three years of the program. Students also benefit from the mentoring and guidance of ACE program staff, and professional counseling from high school and college counselors.
ACE student programs of study are very individualized, allowing students to select classes that fit their individual needs. Students may choose to earn credits for transfer to a four-year college, or purse coursework that leads to a credential for immediate employment at the end of the program. The ACE program covers the cost of up to 62 college credits.
Students and families joining the ACE program agree that the student will not be eligible to receive their high school diploma until the end of the three-year program. At least one high school graduation requirement will be taken at OCC in the final year.
Transportation to OCC for classes and the weekly seminar is the responsibility of the students and families.
Students admitted to ACE program are required to attend a two-day orientation program during the summer between grades 10 and 11. This program is designed to help students understand college expectations and begin the college-readiness curriculum that will continue in the weekly seminars.
During all three years of the program, students are required to meet weekly in a seminar setting where they are engaged in a college readiness and life management skills curriculum. Topics include responsibility, attendance, preparation, follow through, communication, and stress management. Seminars are led by ACE program staff, who monitor student progress in their OCC coursework, and direct students to a variety of supports for help.
Supplemental services such as tutoring that are available for all OCC students are also available to ACE students through the OCC Academic Support Centers.
Students accepted into the Oakland ACE program can earn as much as an associate’s degree, or up to 60 credits for transfer. There is no cost to the student or family for tuition, books, required materials, or fees.
Transportation to OCC classes is the responsibility of the students and families.