The English as a Second Language (ESL) Division has debuted an accelerated program which enables students to complete their ESL degree in just one year—twice as fast as usual—while earning colleges credit that count toward graduation.
The Accelerated ESL Sequence (ACE) program is the first of its kind among Connecticut community colleges and is modeled after similar programs at Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida and Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York.
With the ACE program, students can finish the first four levels of ESL in just two semesters and earn four to six college credits each semester that can count toward graduation.
Students commit to four days of classes each week and have access to services including tutoring, a free bus and train pass, and Lunch and Learn sessions with peers. They also are able to take 16 credits for the price of 12, and upon completion of the first semester are eligible for a NCC Foundation scholarship.