|Students in the ACE classroom|
American Collegiate English (ACE), an intensive English language program for international students at Grossmont College, recently gained 10-year reaccreditation from the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA).
ACE is a not-for-credit program that serves international students on an F-1 visa and helps them develop their English ability enough to succeed in the credit program in English as a Second Language classes. Most go on to earn a degree or certificate from the college and transfer to a 4-year university.
The program, which has been in existence since 1992, gained initial 5-year accreditation in 2015. It has been in existence since 1992. In spring 2020, 15 international students were enrolled in the program, lower than previous years because of global circumstances and stricter immigration laws.
International students pay $3,150 for semester-length classes. During the program, students receive intensive English instruction in grammar and writing, reading, vocabulary, listening and speaking, and American pronunciation. The international students who complete the program with a B average or higher are guaranteed admission to Grossmont College.