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 Web Design, Web Master, 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)