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ACES - Oakland Schools

Program Description

The ACE program serves motivated high school students enrolled in participating Oakland County school districts. The program is designed for students who feel academically, socially, and emotionally ready for a college experience; but may be unsure about where to go, how to go, and what to do when they get there. The ACE Program provides wrap-around support for the transition from high school to college.


Students accepted into the ACE program agree to a three-year program of study. During the first year (grade 11), students have a half-time schedule at their high school and half time at Oakland Community College (OCC). In their second year (grade 12), ACE students take two-thirds of their schedule at OCC, and the rest at their high school. Then, in the final year, they take a full-time schedule at OCC.

In order to motivate and support students taking on the rigors of both high school and college coursework, ACE students are required to attend a weekly College Success Seminar at OCC all three years of the program. Students also benefit from the mentoring and guidance of ACE program staff, and professional counseling from high school and college counselors.

ACE student programs of study are very individualized, allowing students to select classes that fit their individual needs. Students may choose to earn credits for transfer to a four-year college, or pursue coursework that leads to a credential for immediate employment at the end of the program. The ACE program covers the cost of up to 62 college credits.

Students and families joining the ACE program agree that the student will not be eligible to receive their high school diploma until the end of the three-year program. At least one high school graduation requirement will be taken at OCC in the final year.

Transportation to OCC for classes and the weekly seminar is the responsibility of the students and families.


Students admitted to ACE program are required to attend a two-day orientation program during the summer between grades 10 and 11. This program is designed to help students understand college expectations and begin the college-readiness curriculum that will continue in the weekly seminars.

During all three years of the program, students are required to meet weekly in a seminar setting where they are engaged in a college readiness and life management skills curriculum. Topics include responsibility, attendance, preparation, follow through, communication, and stress management. Seminars are led by ACE program staff, who monitor student progress in their OCC coursework, and direct students to a variety of supports for help.

Supplemental services such as tutoring that are available for all OCC students are also available to ACE students through the OCC Academic Support Centers.

Program Benefits

Students accepted into the Oakland ACE program can earn as much as an associate's degree, or up to 60 credits for transfer. There is no cost to the student or family for tuition, books, required materials, or fees.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College transition and retention support


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 200
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Grand Valley State University
  • Michigan State University
  • Oakland University
  • Wayne State University
  • Western Michigan University