ABOUT AACE

AACE Educational Services Talent Search

Vicki Kong

High School Educational Advisor

Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

MISSION STATEMENT:

Since 1979, AACE Talent Search (AACE TS) has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education. AACE TS is a program that identifies, selects and assists low-income youth ages 11 and older that have the potential to be the first generation in their family to attend college. We support middle school and high school students to continue their education and encourage high school students and adults to enroll in a 4-year institution or postsecondary program.

AACE TS is committed to creating supportive relationships with students and providing safe environments for students to grow personally and academically.

OUR GOALS:

1 Providing academic and advising services at school sites and in the community.

2 Serving all students without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, religious creed, national origin, age and economic status.

3 Assisting and acting as resource to all who are interested in continuing their education.

4 Collaborating with the JCYC Educational Hub to sponsor events, develop staff training and assess our programs.

5. To provide bilingual services and program materials in Spanish and Chinese to our participants and their families.

Services For High School Students

Academic Advising: Be informed about your high school graduation requirements. Plan to take the correct high school courses and other requirements that will prepare you for college. Give you options to choose the college that is best for you.

College Campus Field Trips and Cultural Activities/Trips: Fun and exciting trips are made to local and out-of-town colleges to receive admissions information, and to be exposed to specific college environments.

Financial Aid Information: To get information on how to apply for money to attend college. Learn about grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships.

Assistance with college admissions and financial aid applications: Learn about the the four different types of colleges and admission requirements. Furthermore, the staff can assist students to complete their applications.

Information and Assistance with College Entrance Exams (SAT I and II, ACT): Receive information on which exam you need to take, how and when to apply. If eligible, we can give you a fee waiver for the registration costs.

SAT Prep Classes: Sign up and enroll for our Free SAT I Prep classes to be held at one of the 4 target high schools. Our instructor will provide a general review of test subjects (such as math, science, reading) and provide test taking strategies.

Educational Resource Library: A library containing catalogs from colleges and universities in California, as well as throughout the United States is located at the AACE main office.

College/Financial Aid Presentations for Parents: Provide general overview of the different postsecondary educational systems (UC, CSU, Community College, Private, and Vocational). Will inform parents about the federal (FAFSA) and state (Cal grants) forms of aid.

Educational Resource Library: A library containing catalogs from colleges and universities in California, as well as throughout the United States is located at the AACE main office.

Bilingual Services: Services and reading materials are available in Spanish and Chinese.

Informational Newsletters: Fact sheets, newsletters, and other outreach materials for middle school/high school students, parents, and community service providers are disseminated during the school year.