Imagine you’re a high school student who is on track to become the first member of your family to attend college. You know the odds are stacked against you, and yet you have the fire and an unquenchable thirst to succeed. Now imagine you meet an ACES coach. ACES, or Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success, is a program that places coaches in 13 area high schools where they can access the students most often underrepresented in college classrooms. These coaches offer guidance and a support system that starts in high school and doesn’t end until students graduate with a bachelor’s degree.
From the moment students enter ACES, they know they have the power to change the trajectory of their lives. Combining their determination to succeed with the unwavering support offered by ACES, the cap and gown changes from a seemingly unreachable goal to a very attainable reality.
On Friday, March 31, Montgomery College celebrated with more than a hundred people, including ACES students and their families, representatives from Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College, the Universities at Shady Grove (USG), and donors to the Montgomery College Foundation. The ceremony marked the enormous accomplishments of students graduating at each level of the ACES program. Read the full story in Foundation Focus.Donate Today