Accelerate Your Future with the ACE Program!

The Accelerated College Education (ACE) program at the Natomas Center puts you on the fast track toward a Bachelor's degree!

ACE  is designed for working adults who wish to complete 46 units of general education transfer and Associate degree requirements. The program is made up of a pre-planned set of classes. Students enroll in two short-term classes every eight weeks during the semester, for a total of 10-12 units each semester. Each week, students attend classes one weeknight and on Saturday at the Natomas Center. No classes are scheduled in the summer.

ACE is a cohort program that allows you to complete a two-year set of courses as a unified group of students. As a cohort you have the opportunity to collaborate and learn from your fellow students over the course of your study.  The cohort model fosters long-lasting relationships that can extend beyond the classroom.

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The Natomas Center is located at 2421 Del Paso Road, Sacramento, CA 95835. For further information, contact the Natomas Center at (916) 485-6000.

Frequently Asked ACE Program Questions

ACE Advantages

ACE provides a convenient schedule for working students or other busy adults learners.  ACE allows students the opportunity to complete general education and associate degree classes at a much quicker pace.

  • Continue working while you complete your educational goals
  • Prepare to transfer to a university
  • By completing the ACE Program you can qualify for the CSU General Education Certificate or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer (IGETC) Certificate

I have already completed some of the courses offered by ACE. Can I still participate in this program?

Absolutely.  You will need to make a counseling appointment to review your course work.

Fall Start Course Pattern

Refer to the calendar in the schedule or the course syllabi for exact dates. There is a PDF document showing the fall course pattern.

First Year

Semester 1
August - October
HCD 310 (3 Units) and ARTH 300 (3 Units)
Break - 1 week
October - December
HIST 330 (3 UNITS) and ANTH 310 (3 UNITS)
Winter Break
Semester 2
January - March
POLS 301 (3 UNITS) and PHIL 300 (3 UNITS)
Break - 1 week
March - May
PSYC 300 (3 UNITS) and HIST 308 (3 UNITS)
Summer Break

Second Year

Semester 3
August - October
ENGWR 300/94* (3 UNITS/2 UNITS) and ASTR 300 (3 UNITS)
Break - 1 week
October - December
ENGWR 302* (3 UNITS) and PSYC 330* (3 UNITS)
Winter Break
Semester 4
January - March
ANTH 300 (3 UNITS) and ANTH 301 (1 UNIT)
Break - 1 week
March - May
TAFILM 300 (3 UNITS) and SPEECH 301 (3 UNITS)
Summer Break

This program meets the requirements for the CSU General Education or Intersegmental General Education Transfer (IGETC) Certificates. This course pattern does not meet all requirements for graduation.

46  Units in the ACE program
14  Additional units needed for an AA/AS degree**
60  Total Units

* Prerequisite must be completed prior to enrolling in this course.

** See a counselor for additional requirements for an AA/AS degree and graduation requirements.

Spring Start Course Pattern

Refer to the calendar in the schedule or the course syllabi for exact dates. There is a PDF document showing the course pattern.

First Year

Semester 1
January - March
HCD 310 (3 UNITS) and ARTH 300 (3 UNITS)
Break - 1 week
March - May
HIST 330 (3 UNITS) and ANTH 310 (3 UNITS)
Summer Break
Semester 2
August - October
POLS 301 (3 UNITS) and PHIL 300 (3 UNITS)
Break - 1 week
October - December
PSYC 300 (3 UNITS) and HIST 308 (3 UNITS)
Winter Break

Second Year

Semester 3
January - March
ENGWR 300/94* (3 UNITS/2 UNITS) and ASTR 300 (3 UNITS)
Break - 1 week
March - May
ENGWR 302* (3 UNITS) and PSYC 330* (3 UNITS)
Summer Break
Semester 4
August - October
ANTH 300 (3 UNITS) and ANTH 301 (1 UNIT)
Break - 1 week
October - December
TAFILM 300 (3 UNITS) and SPEECH 301 (3 UNITS)
Winter Break

This program meets the requirements for the CSU General Education or Intersegmental General Education Transfer (IGETC) Certificates. This course pattern does not meet all requirements for graduation.

46  Units in the ACE program
14  Additional units needed for an AA/AS degree**
60  Total Units

* Prerequisite must be completed prior to enrolling in this course.
** See a counselor for additional requirements for an AA/AS degree and graduation requirements.

Is it possible for me to take just one of the courses in the 8 week session?

While we encourage students to take the package of courses together, under some circumstances a student might be able to take only one of the courses offered in the 8 week session.  You should consult with the coordinator of the program to determine if this is a possibility.

Are ACE classes and units treated any differently from other ARC classes?

No, the classes and units earned through the ACE Program are treated exactly the same as any other course and become part of your permanent record.  ACE classes can be applied towards degree applicable programs.  Students would need to speak to a counselor to determine degree eligibililty.

ACE Courses offered for Spring 2020

Spring 2020 1st 8 - Week Session


1st 8 - Week Session:
Saturday, January 18 – Wednesday, March 11
New Cohort (must attend an Information Session to get enrolled):
Class Days - times Section number
HCD 310

Tuesday 6:00 pm – 7:35 pm

Saturday 8:00 am – 12:20 pm

11577
ARTH 300

Tuesday 7:45 pm - 9:20 pm

Saturday 12:40 pm – 5:00 pm

11573
Continuing Cohorts (ACE students enrolled first then open to all)
ASTR 300 Online 13723
ASTR 400

Tuesday 6:00 pm -9:20 pm

Thursday 6:00 pm - 8:50 pm

20162
POLS 301

Wednesday 6:00 pm - 7:35 pm

Saturday 8:00 am – 12:20 pm

20139
PHIL 300

Wednesday 7:45 pm -9:20 pm

Saturday 12:40 pm – 5:00 pm

11880

Spring 2020 2nd 8 - Week Session


2nd 8 - Week Session:
Saturday, March 21 – Wednesday, May 20
New Cohort (must attend an Information Session to get enrolled):
Class Days - times Section number
HIST 330

Online Hybrid

Saturday 8:30 am – 11:35 am

13250
ANTH 310

Online Hybrid

Saturday 12:40 pm – 3:45 pm

11574
Continuing Cohorts (ACE students enrolled first then open to all)
TAFILM 300

6:00 pm – 7:35pm

Saturday 8:00 am – 12:20 pm

12653
HIST 307

Online Hybrid

Tuesday 7:45 pm – 9:20 pm

21011
PSYC 300

Wednesday 6:00 pm - 7:35 pm

Saturday 8:00 am – 12:20 pm

20140
HIST 308

Online Hybrid

Saturday 12:40 pm – 3:45 pm

20128

Start Your Journey Now

Interested in starting Fall 2020?

You must attend one of our Information Sessions:

Wednesday
March 11th in N203

Thursday
April 16th in N202

Tuesday
May 12th in N201

All sessions will meet from 6:00 pm to 7:00pm at the Natomas Center 

We recommend that you complete the steps to success before you start the ACE program.

ACE Interest Form