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Advance College Experience (ACE)

9th – 12th Grade Students: Sign up for the ACE Program

Get a head start on college with Community College of Philadelphia’s ACE program. ACE, the Advanced College Experience, will provide you with an opportunity that you will never forget! ACE provides College-level courses for highly motivated students going into 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grades, as well as students pursuing a GED. We accept public, private, charter, archdiocesan and home-schooled students. Meeting students from diverse backgrounds, getting a jump on college with the possibility of earning college credits, exploring career interests and using your creative talents are some of the many reasons we think you should talk to your teachers, friends and family about registering for ACE.

The ACE program offers a cross-section of intensive courses and includes a full semester of course material from July 7 – August 5. Courses meet Monday through Thursday, three and one-half hours per day from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., with a limited number of sections also meeting from 1 – 4:30 p.m. There is one ACE course offered online. Courses require hard work, dedication to the task, and most of all, a desire to learn new and exciting academic skills. You can take two ACE courses, however, please be aware that this is a lot of work.

Location

ACE courses are held at the College’s Main Campus (1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130). The Main Campus is easy to reach by public transportation and by car. Only the Automotive Technology course will be held at the West Regional Center (4725 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139).

Advanced College Experience Office
Division of Adult and Community Education
Winnet Student Life Building, Room S3-03I
215-751-8585 | advanceatcollege@ccp.edu

Tuition

The full cost of a course is only $250.00, excluding books. Students may purchase their books at the College Bookstore. Please make your check or money order for $250.00 payable to Community College of Philadelphia. Cash cannot be accepted. Your application will not be processed without payment.

Entrance Requirements

ACE applicants must have:

  • At least a 2.5 GPA
  • A recommendation letter from a teacher, mentor, coach or adult who can write about the applicant’s academic skills and motivation to participate
  • The signed permission of a parent or guardian (see application)

Classes fill quickly, so please apply early. If the class you have selected is full, you may be given the option of selecting another class. If you do not wish to make another selection, you will receive a full refund.

2014 Program Dates:

July 7, 2014–August 5, 2014

ACE Summer 2014 Courses

Acting

This course is for those interested in acting. Students will develop improvisation skills and create theatrical characters. This will be an active class in which students read and perform plays and scenes.
Credit Hours: 3
Time: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Main Campus

Environmental Science

This course introduces the many serious environmental problems facing the world today, the extent and causes of these problems, and the kinds of solutions being proposed. Topics include ecological systems, population, land management, hunger and food production, energy supplies, waste management, and environmental pollution. The course is organized around the theme of our relationship to the environment.
Credit Hours: 3
Time: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Main Campus

Introduction to Architecture, Design and Construction

(LIMITED TO STUDENTS GOING INTO 10TH, 11TH AND 12TH GRADES ONLY)
Interested in a career as an architect, construction manager or interior designer? This interactive, hands-on course will explore the design and construction process from concept through construction. You will learn how the design and construction process work and result in new or rehabilitated building or interior space. The course will incorporate computer visualization supplemented with walking tours; visits to construction sites; and meeting with architects, interior designers and construction managers.
Credit Hours: 3
Time: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Main Campus

Introduction to Automotive Technology

This course is designed to provide you with a broad base of fundamental knowledge, including an automotive systems overview, shop safety, automotive tools, measuring, fasteners, service information, vehicle maintenance, career planning, and ethical shop behavior and practice. Upon completion, you should have a clear understanding of the Automotive Technology program, the automotive service industry, basic shop skills, career opportunities and the steps necessary for success in the field.
Credit Hours: 2
Time: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: West Regional Center

Introduction to Business

Interested in running your own business? This course will introduce you to basic principles and practices in starting and growing a successful business. You will learn through presentations, individual and group activities, and local field trips. In addition, guest speakers will share their firsthand experiences in meeting the challenges of managing their businesses in the ever-changing marketplace.
Credit Hours: 3
Time: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Main Campus

Introduction to Computer Graphics

This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to the language, technology and artistic medium of computer graphics. The course is essentially offered in a studio/lab format with instruction and demonstration preceding hands-on equipment use.
Credit Hours: 3
Time: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Main Campus

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Upon completion of this course along with two more GIS courses, you will have the opportunity to graduate high school while earning a college certificate. Think Google Maps! If you have ever been interested in how Google Maps works, GIS is for you. This course will introduce you to digital map making. Digital maps are used in many fields today from marketing to criminal justice. In fact, you use GIS every day if you use a smart phone. You will learn tools and techniques of GIS through the operation of the widely-used ArcGIS software, providing you with both the skills and a conceptual base on which you can further build your expertise in GIS. Begin exploring and analyzing geographic data and GIS trends through lecture sessions that will explain the conceptual elements, guest speakers who will give you an idea of how GIS is used in various industries, and lab exercises that will provide technical hands-on training to reinforce the concepts learned in the lecture. Students who take three GIS courses can earn a proficiency certificate in GIS, and can then be considered for entry-level GIS positions.
Credit Hours: 3
Time: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Main Campus

Introduction to the Hospitality Industry

This course is an overview of the hospitality industry and includes an introduction to the principles of hospitality management. The course begins with the history of the industry and proceeds to examine various sectors in the industry, including resorts, hotels, restaurants, tourism and gaming. Career opportunities in each industry segment are identified.

Credit Hours: 3
Time: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Main Campus

Introduction to Human Geography

This course fills a social science elective at the College. Through the use of films, current articles and lectures, you will discuss current and historical relationships among cultural patterns, economic activities and the physical environment. We will discuss topics such as languages, ethnic cleansing, population, urban development, globalization and religions. The course is interactive and requires commitment from the students. Sensitive topics are discussed, which also requires a respectful audience.
Credit Hours: 3
Time: 1–4:30 p.m.
Location: Main Campus

Introduction to Japanese

This course introduces basic modern spoken and written Japanese to students who have had little or no previous knowledge of the language. The course will focus on developing your communication skills in Japanese, including writing, reading, listening and speaking, in order for you to function using Japanese in a Japanese social environment. You will also learn aspects of Japanese culture associated with the use of the language.
Credit Hours: 3
Time: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Main Campus

Introduction to Law

This course is an introduction to our legal system, including the basics of civil and criminal law, sources of law, and the creation of law. Film clips, courtroom visits and guest lectures will provide you with a dynamic introduction to the constantly changing legal field. You will also be exposed to myriad career opportunities available in the legal field. There will be extra fees for field trips.
Credit Hours: 3
Time: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Main Campus

Introduction to Leadership Studies

This course introduces you to concepts, models and practices of leadership that are effective in civic, community and political organizations. The course examines the purposes and structures of various types of organizations and looks at the sorts of leadership styles and strategies that match these organizations under particular circumstances. Using case studies, simulations and real-life applications, the course aims to help leaders and potential leaders better envision their organizations’ purposes, better communicate with members, and better organize members for effective action.
Credit Hours: 3
Time: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Main Campus

Introduction to Music Technology

This hands-on course teaches you how to create, edit and manipulate MIDI files in order to print publishable music, and to layer various tracks to create finished MIDI sequences for recording. You will apply your compositional and editing skills using industry-standard computers, and digital audio hardware and software. You will learn how to properly connect various pieces of MIDI equipment and how to set up for different typical music applications. In addition to the hands-on curriculum, you will learn about the history of electronic music, analog synthesis and the progression of the technology, noticing how developments in the past are directly affecting our technology of today and the future.
Credit Hours: 3
Time: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (Section 1) or 1–4:30 p.m. (Section 2)
Choose only one section
Location: Main Campus

Introduction to Spanish

This course provides an introduction to spoken and written Spanish language and to selected aspects of Hispanic cultures. This is for students who have had little or no previous Spanish.
Credit Hours: 3
Time: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Main Campus

Introduction to Video Game and Simulation Development

This course introduces you to professional video game and simulation development, including the modern video game industry and its historical development, game analysis and design, game programming technology and practices, graphics and sound technology used in games and simulations, and ethical issues related to video games and simulations. You will learn about the game development process for both serious and casual games, and the roles that various professionals play in that development. You will engage in a semester-long project to design, build and publish an entry-level computer-based video game using a game development engine.
Credit Hours: 3
Time: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Main Campus

Introduction to Video Production

This course focuses on the development of basic location film and video skills. You will be introduced to equipment through classes, exercises, and individual and small group production. There is an emphasis on nonfiction film format, with some opportunity for narrative filmmaking. Pre-production and nonlinear computer-based editing with Adobe Premier are explored in-depth.
Credit Hours: 3
Time: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (Section 1) or 1–4:30 p.m. (Section 2)
Choose only one section
Location: Main Campus

Network Technology

This course in networking and data communications is designed to help you prepare for the CompTIA Network+ professional certification exam. The course is a prerequisite for most other networking courses at the College, including Microsoft and Cisco certification courses.
Credit Hours: 4
Time: 1–4:30 p.m.
Location: Main Campus

Psychology

(LIMITED TO STUDENTS GOING INTO 10TH, 11TH, AND 12TH GRADES ONLY)
This course is a valuable introduction to the major theories of human behavior and development. Emphasis will be placed on useful applications to everyday life. The course includes challenging reading and writing assignments.
Credit Hours: 3
Time: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Main Campus

Science, Technology and Society (Online Only)

TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS COURSE, STUDENTS MUST HAVE RECEIVED AN “A” OR “B” IN HIGH SCHOOL ALGEBRA II. This course will introduce you to the major disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics through an integrated approach using the Internet as a tool for gathering information. You will gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the subject matter, as well as the scientific method and application of technology.
Credit Hours: 4
Time: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
This course is offered online. You will not need to come to Main Campus for instruction.

Survey of Justice

This course covers the history, development and philosophy of criminal justice in a democratic society, including an introduction to agencies involved in the administration of criminal justice, career orientation and constitutional limitations of criminal justice.
Credit Hours: 3
Time: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Main Campus

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