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FOCUS ON: ACE Program (Transcript)

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Sacramento State has a solution for high school students who want to get an early start on their college careers. The Accelerated College Entrance Center, or ACE, allows students to take college courses and earn college credits that can be transferred to degree programs at Sacramento State or other universities. And the cost to the student is only $5 per semester.


(Narrator:) This is “Focus” from the campus of Sacramento State.

(Bruce Ostertag, Ed.D., ACE Program Director, Sacramento State:) “We’re going to go over the syllabus.”

(Jim Finnerty, reporting:) This seminar at Sacramento State is part of a program allowing high school students to get a jump on their college career.

(Ostertag:) “A lot of students come on campus to take courses not available at their high schools. That’s one of the big opportunities.”

(Finnerty:) Sacramento State’s Accelerated College Entrance Center, or ACE, serves more than 2,000 students in some 35 regional high schools.

(Yvonne Lin, sophomore, Folsom High School:) “I think it’s a wonderful experience that will totally help for when you actually do go to college. It gets you used to campus life and how the classes are taught.”

(Finnerty:) Students take approved college level courses either on campus or supervised by teachers at their high school site. 

(Ostertag:) “It’s a great motivational tool for the teachers to use with their students. Not only do they motivate them to do better in their high school class, but they also say, you’re taking a college level class and this is going to be on your college level transcripts.”

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(Finnerty:) In addition to specific course work, ACE students hone their skills in a range of tasks giving them confidence in their academic readiness. That was important to college freshman Alexzander Gaither.

(Alexzander Gaither, freshman, Sacramento State:) “Knowing that I was ready to go on making that transition from high school to college, I knew what was required of me, I knew what I needed to do, I knew what I could do.”

(Ostertag:) “Students learning to deal with that for the first time, it’s a tremendous growth.”

(Finnerty:) And for many students, it’s the impetus to consider college even if they hadn’t before. 

(Ostertag:) “So whether they come to Sac State or one of our fine community colleges or one of the other colleges available to them in this country, we’re pretty happy that they have that opportunity to move ahead and experience college and higher education.”

(Finnerty:) This is Jim Finnerty reporting.

(Narrator:) For more information on this and other news from Sacramento State, visit our website.

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