What is ACE?

The Shasta College Accelerated College Education (ACE) Program is designed for working individuals desiring to complete their college education through a more flexible, alternative pathway. ACE uses online and hybrid classes that allow students to complete an Associate's degree in 24 months or a Certificate program in 4-9 months. Courses are structured in 8-week compressed blocks, some pathways may require 17-week classes.

The program currently offers associate degree pathways in Administration of Justice (AS-T), Business (AS-T and AS), Communication Studies (AA-T), Early Childhood Education (AS-T), Health Information Technology (AS), Office and Computer Technologies (AS), Psychology (AA-T), Sociology (AA-T), and Social Sciences (AS and AA) and certificates in Early Childhood Education, Human Services, Accounting, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

What to Expect as an ACE student

From our Counselors:

  • ACE-dedicated counselors ready to help
  • Academic and career mentoring and support
  • Custom comprehensive education plans based on previously completed coursework and transfer plans (if applicable)
  • Appointments are available five days a week, over the phone, in person, or via Zoom conference. 

From our Support Staff:

One-stop shop resource - available online, in-person, and over the phone

  • Financial Aid
  • Registration
  • MyShasta
  • Canvas
  • Campus resources
  • Technical support 

From our Academic Pathways:

  • 2 yr. Associate Degree pathways
    • Business, Psychology, Sociology, Social Science, Administration of Justice, Early Childhood Education, Communications, Health Information Technology, Office and Computer Technologies
  • 1-2 semester Certificates
    • Early Childhood Education, Accounting, Human Services, Web Design, Web Master, Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • CSU Certification for pathways offering a transfer option
  • 8-week compressed courses (some pathways will include 17-week classes)
  • Online or hybrid courses (hybrid courses are held Tuesdays or Thursdays between 6 pm-9 pm)
  • Multiple start dates throughout the year 

I have a ton on my plate with being a good father, showing up to my job ready to work hard, and being a good student. If I stick to my plan of studying and not procrastinating, I should have no problem having success in ACE.

Want to complete a Bachelor's after you finish ACE?

Check out Shasta College's BOLD Program! (Bachelor's through Online & Local Degrees)