Corning Community College and the Greater Southern Tier BOCES teamed to revamp its accelerated-college-education courses, also known as ACE, and provide those courses for free.
The ACE program allowed high school students to take CCC college courses in high school at a reduced rate. It also aimed to help students reduce their time in college.
“The cost of post-secondary education, students and their parents are obviously afraid of the debt that comes with study,” Jim Frame, the District Superintendent of Schools for GST BOCES, explained,
“Even though they recognize it as a way to prepare for a career.”
Education officials said high school teachers take on the role of college professors while teaching these course. They are still paid by their school district instead of the college. This is one way that helps the program be free.
“High school instructors are already on salary,” Dr. Kate Douglas, President of CCC, said. “We work with them to make sure their credentials are the same as we would have if they were an adjunct if they were teaching for us on our campus.”
Douglas also said the program is also made free as they believe these students will be enrolling at CCC. She said increased enrollment would offset the cost of the program.
The program has over 60 courses in math, English, science, among other subjects.