History

Accelerated College Education (ACE) was originally called “College Level Education Program (CLEP)” when it began in the fall of 1972 as a joint venture between the Elmira City School District and CCC. It consisted of a single course (calculus) being taught at each of Elmira’s two high schools. By 1987, the program had grown to 185 students in six high schools. It developed into a collaborative effort among the six schools, the area BOCES, and CCC. Its name was then changed to the “Accelerated College Education (ACE) Program”.

Today, the program includes 40 schools covering the Southern Tier of New York and the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania. It offers a choice of 62 college courses while providing high quality educational experiences to approximately 2,500 students. CCC is a founding member of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), and received accreditation status through NACEP in 2008.

NACEP is an organization representing colleges from across the country that offer programs similar to ACE, and was established for the purpose of professional exchange, development of common standards, and sharing of information regarding best practices for member colleges.