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Advance College Experience (ACE)

ACE Your Summer Experience

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

Get a head start on college with Community College of Philadelphia’s summer ACE (Advanced College Experience) program. 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 up to age 21 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 9 – August 7, 2019. Courses meet Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1 to 4:30 p.m. Three ACE courses are 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.

Apply Now for ACE 2019 ACE Guidelines, Permission and Health Emergencies Forms

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. Two courses  located at the College's Northeast Regional Center at 12901 Townsend Road. One course is located at the College's West Regional Center at 4725 Chestnut Street.

Advanced College Experience Office
Division of Access and Community Engagement
Winnet Student Life Building, Room S3-03I
215-751-8933 | advanceatcollege@ccp.edu

Tuition

The full cost of a course is only $250, excluding books. Students may purchase their books at the College Bookstore. Please make your check or money order for $250 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
  • The signed permission of a parent or guardian (see application and attached form)

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.

2019 Program Dates

July 9 to August 7, 2019

Orientation - June 25, 2019 at 10 a.m. (Bonnell Auditorium, Main Campus)

ACE Summer 2019 Courses

 Do you like working with people? Consider one of these social science courses?

Group Dynamics

We spend our lives in groups—in school, at work, with friends and family, and in the community. This course will assist students with developing more self-awareness while in a group, understanding how groups function and learning how to direct group activities. The course will be highly interactive and participatory. Each student will have an opportunity to apply the skills learned during the course by leading a group.
Credit Hours: 3
Time: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Main Campus

Introduction to Behavioral Health and Human Services

This course introduces students to the field of Behavioral Health and Human Services, providing students with an understanding of the historical underpinnings of the field. Students are also introduced to the work of the human service provider and the milieu in which client services are provided. An exploration of ethics, values and self-understanding as these apply to the human services worker also comprises an important element of the course. An overview of research methods is included as well.
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, cruises, clubs, theme parks, meetings and conventions, and gaming. Career opportunities in each industry segment are identified.
Credit Hours: 3
Time: 9 a.m.–12:30 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. (Section 1) and (Section 2) or online (Section 3)
Choose only one section
Location: Main Campus (Section 1) and Northeast Regional Center (Section 2)

Sociology

Understanding the social nature of humans and the social world in which they live. Analysis of such topics as culture, socialization, social groups and social institutions, stratification, the family, gender relations, race and ethnicity, minorities, social deviance, social change and technology, the urban community, population and the environment. Both Western and non-Western cross-cultural comparisons are provided throughout the course.
Credit Hours: 3
Time: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Northeast Regional Center

Interested in history? Examine the world's major religious traditions through an ancient and modern lens.

African American History After 1865

This course surveys the cultural, social and political history of African Americans after the Civil War. Especially through close reading of primary texts, the course examines the experiences of African Americans during emancipation, urbanization, and the modern Civil Rights and Black Power eras.
Credit Hours: 3
Time: 1–4:30 p.m.
Location: Main Campus

Interested in music and the arts? Try this course to exercise your imagination.

Creative Writing

Focus on student production of original work which may include fiction, poetry, memoir and dramatic writing. Students will do extensive reading, as well as writing and developing the critical vocabulary needed to discuss these genres from a writer's point of view. They will develop these skills through a number of activities including different forms of writing inside and outside of the classroom and peer evaluation in the form of writing workshops.
Credit Hours: 3
Time: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Main Campus (Section 1) and Northeast Regional Center (Section 2)

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)
Location: Main Campus

Choose one of these courses to plunge into the captivating worlds of science and technology.

Environmental Science (Online Only)

Organized around the theme of our relationship to the environment, this course introduces the many serious environmental problems facing the world today, the extent and causes of the 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.
Credit Hours: 3
This course is offered online. You will not need to come to Main Campus for instruction.

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 Computer Programming

This course introduces the fundamentals of object-oriented computer programming using a selection of modern programming languages and development tools. It covers the logical design of computer programs, simple input and output, data checking, formatting output and simple mathematical processing, such as counting, summing, and finding minima and maxima. This is the first programming course taken by Computer Information Systems (CIS) majors and is a good introductory course for anyone interested in exploring computer programming. The course will explore and study developing fundamental programs using the Python programming language, developing fundamental programs using the JavaScript programming language, and explore and study creating fundamental Android Apps using the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) award winning App Concept Tool App Inventor.
Credit Hours: 4
Time: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Main Campus

Explore the world of business or the justice system in one of these introductory courses.

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 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

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

Do you want to learn a different language or way to communicate? Take one of these courses.

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

Spanish I

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