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ACES Summer Programs

Mission Possible

Mission Possible is a summer program for rising ACES juniors that equips students with the resources and skills to plan and prepare for college.  This fun and engaging experience allows our scholars and ACES coaches to get to know each other, while setting students up for college success.  By completing Mission Possible, our scholars will learn:

  • College exploration skills
  • Fundamental financial literacy
  • Effective writing techniques for their college and scholarship essays

This year, Mission Possible 2022 will be a live, in-person experience held at an MCPS high school near you from July 11th – July 15th.

More information, including registration details and logistics can be found in Google Classroom as the date approaches.


Every summer, the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) hosts the Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) Summer Bridge Program called reachHIRE, a coordinated summer series offered in conjunction with Montgomery College and Montgomery County Public Schools for ACES students.

The theme, reachHIRE, focuses on “leveling up” in your academic preparation and career exploration.  Throughout the week, students participate in activities and workshops that develop skills such as communication, professionalism, and critical thinking.  These skills, known as NACE Competencies, have been identified as essential for success in today’s workforce.  Students engage in interactive skill-based workshops and activities to strengthen these skills throughout the week.  Students also have the opportunity to network with professionals to learn about various career options from local businesses and organizations in Montgomery County.  By participating in reachHIRE throughout the week, ACES scholars are one step closer to achieving their academic and career goals.

Make Your Move

Make Your Move (MYM) is our summer bridge program for Montgomery College-bound ACES students. Held in the summer between high school graduation and students’ first semester at MC. Through MYM, new ACES Scholars will learn about the resources and services available to them on campus, complete the steps necessary to successfully transition to college, and join a new community of first-year ACES students. MYM is a required event and marks ACES Scholars’ start to the MC portion of our program.

For more information regarding ACES summer programs please contact the ACES Administrative Office via email at

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