Developed in 1989, Access to College Education (ACE) is an innovative, grassroots partnership among several local school districts and four area colleges.
ACE is designed around the idea of early identification of the factors in a youngster's life which might inhibit his/her aspirations toward a higher education. Once selected by staff in schools, students are given the opportunity to participate in a series of activities based on their interests/abilities throughout their secondary school years.
Students begin joining ACE in the spring of their 8th grade year, but may also join later. If you are interested, contact your district's ACE liaison now for more information: ACE School Districts.
ACE offers approximately 30 educational and cultural programs per year for both students and their parents. These events are provided throughout the school year and during the summer. A variety of events are scheduled at both the high schools and each college campus.
The more students and parents participate in events, the more they benefit from being in ACE.
Students strive for specific levels of academic achievement and may participate in an assortment of fun and educational ACE-sponsored events throughout their years in high school.
ACE now includes 11 school districts and has roughly 750 students in grades 9-12 enrolled in the Program. Districts include:
(Cincinnatus; Cortland; DeRuyter; Dryden; Homer; Lansing; Marathon; McGraw; Moravia; Newfield; South Seneca)
Typically students join at the end of 8th grade at their school's ACE "Info. Night", but may also join later.
ACE is a unique consortium of four institutions: Cornell University, Ithaca College , SUNY Cortland and Tompkins Cortland Community College , working in partnership with the associated school districts.
Each of the four colleges host various ACE events. However, these are grade based, educational ACE programs for both students and parents and are in no way intended as a "recruitment tool" for that campus.