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Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success Program (ACES) . A HIGH SCHOOL TO COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO FOUR-YEAR INSTITUTION PARTNERSHIP IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD. Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea Senior Vice President for Student Services Montgomery College Dr. Karen Roseberry

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achieving collegiate excellence and success program aces

Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success Program(ACES)

A HIGH SCHOOL TO COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO FOUR-YEAR INSTITUTION PARTNERSHIP IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD

Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea

Senior Vice President for Student Services

Montgomery College

Dr. Karen Roseberry

Collegewide Dean for Student Access

Montgomery College

Ms. Karen Callender

Director of ACES Program

Montgomery College

what is aces
What is aces?
  • ACES is a program designed to create a seamless educational pathway and support structure from high school to college completion. There are three levels of support:
  • Level 1: Preparing for Success in College – Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS)
  • Level 2: Supporting Success at Montgomery College (MC)
  • Level 3: Fostering Success Beyond MC – Universities at Shady Grove (USG)
institutional vision
INSTITUTIONAL VISION
  • M.O.U. Signing Ceremony
  • September 13, 2013
  • Changing County Demographics
  • Valuing County Families Access and Success
  • Erasing Academic and Economic Inequalities
  • Intentionally Creating Clear Pathways to Success
  • Never Leaving a Student Behind
target audience
Target Audience
  • ACES is aimed at those who are under-represented in higher education.
  • The ACES Program targets students who meet one or more of the following factors:
      • Immigrant or child of immigrant parents
      • Member of a minority group
      • Low income or single parent household
      • First generation college student
      • Students with disabilities and/or in special education
      • Homeless students and/or those living in unstable conditions
program design
Program DESIGN
  • Research other programs
  • Work of Task Force and Co-Chairs
  • Design and redesign
  • Staffing
grades 9 10 readiness
GRADES 9–10: READINESS
  • Electronic portfolio
  • Parent information sessions
  • College readiness activities
  • Summer programs at MCPS
grades 11 12 aces
Grades 11-12: ACES
  • Application process
  • Assigned an Academic Coach with a case management approach
  • Preparation for college admissions or placement tests
  • College applications, financial aid, scholarships
  • College visits
  • Summer programs at MC, USG
aces at montgomery college
ACES at Montgomery College
  • Assigned an Academic Coach
  • Continue case management approach
  • Summer Orientation Program
  • Career awareness activities
  • Development of an educational plan
  • Transfer planning
  • Tracking
  • Visits to USG, guest matriculation at USG, USG advising
aces at shady grove
ACES at SHADY GROVE
  • Early review for scholarships
  • Orientation and advising
  • Career and leadership development
  • Cohort meetings, workshops
  • Employment and post-graduate assistance
  • Mentoring to future ACES students
first year implementation
First year implementation
  • Identifying and recruiting participants
  • Training and deploying coaches to the high schools
  • Developing resources and relationships
  • Providing ACES activities to 900+ students
use of technology
Use of Technology
  • Developing a database
  • Coordinating school information systems
  • Career/education planning tools
  • Communication
program support
Program support
  • Facilities
  • IT
  • Administrative
  • Institutional Advancement
fundraising
FUNDRAISING
  • Grants
  • Scholarships
challenges
challenges
  • Institutional cultures
  • Institutional policies
  • Space and locations
  • Clarification of roles
  • Dueling databases
  • It’s happening so fast!
successes
SUCCESSES
  • County-wide and state support and interest
  • Outstanding staff
  • Desire to grow
  • Powerful student stories after one semester!
  • We did it!
for more information contact
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
  • Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea
  • Senior Vice President for Student Services
  • beverly.walker-griffea@montgomerycollege.edu
  • Dr. Karen A. Roseberry
  • Collegewide Dean for Student Access
  • karen.roseberry@montgomerycollege.edu
  • Ms. Karen Callender
  • Director of ACES Program
  • karen.callender@montgomerycollege.edu