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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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Have a quick question about the ACE program or your ACE classes at Natomas?
Talk to a real person at the ARC Natomas Call Center, (916) 485-6000.
Monday - Thursday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

The Natomas Center is located at 2421 Del Paso Road, Sacramento, CA 95835.

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 ANTH 310 (3 Units)

October - December
TAFILM 300 (3 UNITS) and HIST 330 (3 UNITS)
Winter Break
Semester 2
January - March
POLS 301 (3 UNITS) and HUM 355 (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)

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
SPEECH 301 (3 UNITS) and MUFHL 300 (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 ANTH 310 (3 UNITS)
Break - 1 week
March - May
TAFILM 300 (3 units) and HIST 330 (3 UNITS)
Summer Break
Semester 2
August - October
ANTH 300 (3 UNITS) and ANTH 301 (1 UNIT)

October - December
SPEECH 301 (3 UNITS) and MUFHL 300 (3 UNITS)
Winter Break

Second Year

Semester 3
January - March
POLS 301 (3 UNITS) and HUM 355 (3 UNITS)
Break - 1 week
March - May
PSYC 300 (3 UNITS) and HIST 308 (3 UNITS)
Summer Break
Semester 4
August - October
ENGWR 300/94* (3 UNITS/2 UNITS) and ASTR 300 (3 UNITS)

October - December
ENGWR 302* (3 UNITS) and PSYC 330* (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 toward degree applicable programs. Students would need to speak to a counselor to determine degree eligibility.

ACE Courses offered for Spring 2021

Spring 2021 1st 8 - Week Session

1st 8-Week Session: (Saturday, January 16 – Wednesday, March 10)

New Cohort (must attend an Information Session to get enrolled):

HCD 310: Online Hybrid; Sat. 8:30am – 11:35am 11417
ANTH 310: Online Hybrid; Sat. 12:40 – 3:45pm 11415

Continuing Cohorts:

ANTH 300: Online Hybrid; Sat. 8:30am – 11:35am 18926
ANTH 301: Online Hybrid; Sat. 12:40 – 3:45pm 18927
POLS 301: Online Hybrid; Sat. 8:30am – 11:35am 13100
HUM 355: Online Hybrid; Sat. 12:40 – 3:45pm 19977

Spring 2021 2nd 8 - Week Session

2nd 8-Week Session: (Saturday, March 20 – Wednesday, May 19)

New Cohort (must attend an Information Session to get enrolled):

TAFILM 300: ONLINE 12237
HIST 330: Online Hybrid; Wed. 7:45 – 9:20pm 19898

Continuing Cohorts:

SPEECH 301: Online Hybrid; Sat. 8:00 – 12:00pm 18962
MUFHL 300: ONLINE 18944
PSYC 300: Online Hybrid; Sat. 8:30am – 11:35am 13101
HIST 308: ONLINE 13094
ENGWR 302: ONLNE 18950