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Fayetteville Center Graduates First 'Adult College Express' Students

May 31, 2011

Fayetteville Center ACE graduatesMotlow College began its Adult College Express (ACE) program in 2007. Nine students enrolled at the main campus in Moore County and 11 enrolled at the McMinnville Center. When those 20 students graduated in 2009 they were the first to benefit from the College's fast-track degree program designed for working adults. Recent graduates John Chisum, Samuel Gray, Amy Hammons and Myrna Westbrook now hold the distinction of being the first students to complete the ACE program at Motlow's Fayetteville Center.

Director of the Fayetteville Center, Laura Monks, said, "We are extremely happy to give these adults the opportunity to complete their degrees after they previously needed to put their education goals on hold. Our program in Fayetteville is growing. We have possibly 30 students in the pipeline to graduate next year and we will be beginning our fourth cohort of students this fall."

Creating opportunities and having choices in education is what the ACE program is all about. Candidates who are serious about obtaining a degree and can't attend daytime classes can attend class one night a week for 24 months. At the end of the program the student will earn an associate's degree that is transferable to a four-year institution. Students who begin the program together become what is referred to as a cohort. The same group will remain together all the way to graduation and become a support system to each other.

Director of Education at Motlow College, Charle Coffey said, "The ACE program is for the serious student. While they are just attending one night a week, they basically do three weeks of work every week. If a student can make it through the first semester, they usually have what it takes to complete the program." She continued, "We are finding that our ACE students have a higher persistence to graduation as well as a higher GPA. Most are adults who have scars in their education past and they don't want to make the same mistakes again."