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The Academy for College Excellence

Contact Information

Phone: 831.477.3340
Email: ace@cabrillo.edu
Location: Learning Communities Center, Room 501, in the 500 Building. 6500 Soquel Ave Aptos, CA 95003
Hours: Mon-Thurs, 10am-3pm
Program Specialist Leah Resendez, 831.477.3341

The ACE Semester

2 Week Intensive Foundation Course

In ACE, you take classes with the same group of students throughout the semester. It begins with a two week foundation course. This course is designed to help you increase self-awareness, bond with your classmates, and discover your personal learning and working style. By collaborating in teams, you practice effective communication, how to work well with others, and develop your professional skills.

13 Week Semester

After completing the foundation course, you begin a group of classes which include some of the following:


  • Accelerated English
  • Accelerated Math
  • Applied Computer Skills
  • Social Justice Research
  • Team/Self Management
  • Body/Mind Techniques
  • Career Planning

Social Justice Research Project

Central to the program is the completion of a formal research project. ACE students work in teams on a Social Justice topic of their choosing. Students present their research findings in a public forum at the end of the semester.

The courses in the ACE program are designed to make going to college full time more manageable. Unlike taking several unrelated courses, the assignments you do in ACE courses are all connected to each other, and all focus on the completion of your Social Justice research project.

ACE is a community

Graduates often will tell us that being in ACE is like being part of a family. ACE faculty and staff work closely with you to provide support and resources. Students make lasting friendships, and are able to successfully transition into College by engaging with faculty and peers in hands on learning. Students come out of their first semester transformed, motivated, and ready to achieve their goals.

Foundations in Leadership & Management Skills Certificate

Upon completing the ACE program, students can qualify for the Foundations in Leadership and Management Skills certificate. This certificate recognizes their preparation for careers in management positions that require technological and leaderships skills. This interdisciplinary certificate is offered through the Digital Management and Career Preparation Department at Cabrillo College. To view the catalog description, click here.
For more information, please contact us.

To view the catalog description click here.


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