For Immediate Release
Date: January 22, 2021
Contact: Tom McGuire, Director of Communications/Media Relations
Bloomsburg University ACE Program Receives Support from PPL Electric
BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Advanced College Experience (ACE) program received a $15,000 Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) grant from PPL Electric Utilities to assist students with attending the program.
The Bloomsburg University ACE program is for high school students to earn credits towards their bachelor’s degree, explore college majors, build their resume, use the courses as dual enrollment, thus fulfilling their high school requirements, as well as reducing the total cost of their college education. Students must be recommended by their high school to enroll in the program. Students enrolled in the program take general education courses that an incoming freshman would take. Tuition and fees for the students are reduced by 75 percent. In the Fall 2020 semester, BU’s ACE program which began in 2003, had 300 students enrolled, many of them full-time. The ACE program has seen steady growth going from 110 students in 2015 to 300 in 2020.
“Bloomsburg University appreciates the support of PPL Electric for our ACE Program,” said Tom Fletcher, vice president for Student Success and Enrollment Services. “The ACE program has allowed high school students to get a head start on college, while still enrolled in high school. It has been a big cost savings for their families. It also helps with the transition from high school to college, and provides BU the opportunity to attract and retain more regional students who matriculate to Bloomsburg following high school graduation. Our goal is to expand the program and support from PPL will assist with that effort.”
Shown from left to right Tracie Witter, PPL regional affairs director, students from Southern Columbia High School, Faith and Grace Callahan, Jillian Alexander from Central Columbia High School and Karen Murtin, director of the ACE Program at Bloomsburg University.
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