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ACE Academic Partners

Harcum College “The College of Possibilities”

One of the longest standing associate degree granting colleges in Pennsylvania, the roots of Harcum College are steeped in preparing professionals for meaningful and successful careers for over 100 years.  The faculty of Harcum teach, mentor, and prepare students for success in their chosen profession in an experiential environment.  Harcum celebrated its centennial in 2015 and maintains its core values of excellence, civility, empowerment, integrity, community service, and respect for diversity, ensuring that every student is valued and supported.  About 1,700 students from 7 states and 8 countries and from a variety of racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds attend Harcum with 5% of living on campus.

In 2005, I-LEAD, Inc. collaborated with Harcum to develop accelerated associate degree programs offered at community organizations throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania.  This is the ACE program.  Launched with one major at one site with twenty students, ACE now offers four Harcum College majors at thirteen community based organizations, enrolls approximately 500 students per year and has awarded more than 1,000 associate degrees.

ACE offers affordable tuition, an accelerated format, and convenient evening courses, which meet twice a week. The degree programs are fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, enabling students to qualify for financial aid and transfer all credits to four year degree programs at local universities (click here for a list of transfer institutions). Students participating in the programs are fully-matriculated students of Harcum College and the associate degree is awarded by Harcum College.

The following Harcum College degree programs are available at partnership sites with community based organizations:

  • Business Management
  • Human Services
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Criminal Justice