SUNY Corning Community College has expanded the academic offerings available to many high schools this year through the Accelerated College Education (ACE) program and welcomes the 2019-20 academic year with tuition-free ACE courses.
“We have recruited more teachers so that we can offer more sections in as many schools as we could,” said Kim Perkins, Director of Academic Outreach. “We are also offering Pre-Calculus for the first time where we could.”
SUNY CCC has relationships with 40 high schools in New York State and additional schools in the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania. This academic year marks the first time that ACE classes will be offered tuition-free. Students taking classes in high schools, online, and as part of home school programs are eligible to register for Accelerated College Education courses without the burden of tuition.
The New York State 2019-2020 budget authorized community colleges to take this step in support of the State’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Beginning in 1972, SUNY CCC has partnered with approximately 40 regional high schools in the Southern Tier of New York and the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania to offer Accelerated College Education (ACE) courses for students in grades 10, 11, and 12. Since the program’s inception, these courses have been offered at a significant discount. Beginning with the Fall 2019 semester, SUNY CCC courses offered to high school students in a high school will be offered tuition-free.
“The opportunity to begin a college education while still in high school – and to do it without accruing any debt will shift the paradigm for many families,” said Dr. William P. Mullaney, SUNY CCC President. “We anticipate that this will open doors that were previously closed for students, both in terms of their ability to finance their education and also in terms of the ability to see themselves as capable of completing college course work … to know that they have the ability, they have what it takes to succeed in college. Sometimes, having that confidence can change the entire story.”