Joining ACE

ACE students are identified by local school districts as persons who face circumstances that could effect aspirations for continued education at the college level. Both students and their parents/guardians are expected to actively participate in the program and commit to the purpose of ACE.

  • Students are nominated by personnel at their middle schools at the end of  8th grade.  Parents are then invited to attend a short "ACE Information Night" session at their school. 
  • If interested in joining, parents and students sign and return a "Commitment Form". 
  • Then, the very first ACE event for both new Students AND Parent/s is the "ACE WELCOME" at Tompkins Cortland Community College in May.  (Note: This counts towards the 12 required ACE events.  It is an informative, interactive "ice breaker" program and is NOT the same as the Info. Night meeting.) 
  • The ACE program is designed to get your student interested in and committed to college.  It's for students who are capable, but who may not be thinking about college for academic or social reasons. 
  • Both students and their parents/guardians are expected to participate in the program.  To stay in the program students are expected to maintain an overall B average and participate in at least 4 ACE events per year (or an average of 12 by the early part of 12th grade).

If you are interested in joining the ACE program, check with the ACE Liaison at your school district.
Click this link to see the ACE districts
Contact the liaison listed for your district.


School Districts interested in Joining ACE:

Representatives of school districts interested in joining A.C.E. should contact:

(Access to College Education)

Jane Manning, ACE Coordinator
1312 Cornish Hall, SUNY Cortland
Cortland, NY 13045
Phone: 607-753-5661

Diahann Hesler
Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES
Phone: 607-257-1561


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