Access to College Education (ACE)

Access to College Education (ACE) is an innovative, one of a kind, grassroots partnership among several local H.S. districts and four nearby colleges: SUNY Cortland, Cornell, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College.  The basic purpose of ACE is to motivate students to begin planning for their future. 

We offer a wide variety of over 30 educational and cultural programs per year for both our H.S. students and their parents. These events are provided throughout the school year and during the summer at our member schools and college campuses.

Through our workshops, ACE tries to present a varied selection of fun, interactive and informative learning opportunities for ACE families.
(Study Skills, Financial Aid workshops, College Plays and Career programs are just a few our offerings.)


ACE is completely unique to central NY.  It includes 13 area school districts with roughly 675 enrolled 9th-12th graders for the 2017-18 school year.  We are still adding new students for the 2017-18 school year.
As of  November 2017, Districts now include: Cincinnatus, Cortland, DeRuyterDryden, Homer, Lansing, Marathon, McGraw, Moravia, Newfield, Port Byron, South Seneca, and Southern Cayuga.

Typically students join at the end of 8th grade, but may also join in later grades. For information on joining, please check with
Your School District's ACE liaison

The more students and parents participate in ACE, the more they benefit from being in it. 

See our What is ACE? page for more background info. on the ACE program.

Check the
Newsletter and Calendar or Fall Info. page for more ACE info. on ACE events

ACE Collage


Fall Programs:

Nov. 30
Regional Institute
Homer H.S.
6:30-8 p.m.
Agenda/Workshop list
Register here

Dec. 1
9th Grade ACE Campus Visit
Ithaca College
See your ACE Liaison

Dec. 1
College Theatre
SUNY Cortland 8:00 p.m.
"Little Women"

Check the Newsletter and Calendar for more ACE info.

ACE Office
Cornish Hall, Room 1312B
SUNY Cortland
Cortland, NY  13045
Phone: 607-753-5662
Fax: 607-753-5561
Email Us:
Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. M-F

Jane Manning, ACE Coordinator
Lisa Petracca, ACE Clerk