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A Community Investment in Student Success

Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) is a collaborative effort among Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College and the Universities at Shady Grove, designed to provide students with a seamless and supportive pathway to a bachelor’s degree.

Jonell Malone

ACES blessed me with scholarships to be debt free and opportunities for me to build my network and further my professional career. Love you, ACES!

Jonell Malone
Marianieli De Leon

The ACES program helped me navigate through the financial hardships of my undergrad studies by providing me with pivotal information that ensured that I didn’t need to pay for university with my own money! That’s why I managed to finish my undergraduate studies without any debt and will be doing the same thing with my master’s program at UMD!

Marianeli de Leon
Audrey Awasom

Without the ACES program, I would have been lost. It made my transition to college seamless. They [the ACES program] help you succeed. But success for me is not about how much money I make in the future, it’s about how many lives I impact—that’s what ACES taught me.

Audrey Awasom

Creating a Seamless Pathway from High School to College Graduation

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Featured News

Jorge Torres

Transforming Lives: New College Plan Focuses on Access, Completion, and Post-Completion Success

Features the story of Jorge Torres, ACES Scholar from Clarksburg HS. He touches on his experience through the ACES Pathway…

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students at an ACES Graduation Celebration

Montgomery College Students Graduate with Associate’s Degree and Debt-Free, ACES Success

Highlights from the 2023 ACES Graduation Celebration at Montgomery College, featuring a keynote address from Councilmember Will Jawando View the…

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Students at the 2023 ACES reachHIRE Event

MCPS Moment – ACES reachHIRE Event at USG

Hear from students who participated in our reachHIRE Summer Program, which focuses on “leveling up” in career exploration and readiness…

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Taking the Long View donors

Taking the Long View: Investing in Promising Young Adults

A generous $1 million commitment from Seth Goldman and Julie Farkas launches the ACES Longview Scholars that awards students a…

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infographic 2021-Pandemic Response

Pandemic Response – Program Updates and Outreach Highlights

An overview of the ACES program’s response to the pandemic, including an outline of programmatic enhancements, outreach efforts, and immediate…

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This Is USG Episode11. Screenshot including a zoom conference with Dr. Pollard.

This Is USG: Episode 11

The Partnership Between USG and Montgomery College feat. Dr. DeRionne Pollard Dr. Anne Khademian, Executive Director of the Universities at…

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Events

Transforming Lives: New College Plan Focuses on Access, Completion, and Post-Completion Success

Features the story of Jorge Torres, ACES Scholar from Clarksburg HS. He touches on his experience through the ACES Pathway…

Read more

Montgomery College Students Graduate with Associate’s Degree and Debt-Free, ACES Success

Highlights from the 2023 ACES Graduation Celebration at Montgomery College, featuring a keynote address from Councilmember Will Jawando View the…

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MCPS Moment – ACES reachHIRE Event at USG

Hear from students who participated in our reachHIRE Summer Program, which focuses on “leveling up” in career exploration and readiness…

Read more

Taking the Long View: Investing in Promising Young Adults

A generous $1 million commitment from Seth Goldman and Julie Farkas launches the ACES Longview Scholars that awards students a…

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