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PACE Setter Program

Earn Free College Credits While Attending High School!

APS and CCA Partner for the PACE Setter Concurrent Enrollment Program

PACE Setter Program
Concurrent Enrollment

PACE Setter is an exciting partnership between the Community College of Aurora and the Aurora Public Schools.  It is designed to increase the number of high school students earning college credit. The program is for all high school students who have the ability to test into a guaranteed transfer course.

Students may also qualify to take college courses during a fifth year of high school in the ASCENT Program. Learn more.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Qualifications:

To qualify for the program a student must:

  • be under 21 years of age and enrolled in any Aurora Public School
  • be a 9-12 grade student in high school
  • have Accuplacer or ACT scores appropriate for the approved class or classes utilizing the attached Cut Score Matrix
  • have parent or guardian and high school counselor signatures and approval.

APS will cover tuition and instructional fees under Concurrent Enrollment.  Students will be responsible for the cost of books for each course. (Average cost $100/course)

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Procedures for acceptance

  1. Go to the counseling office of your high school, pick up this application packet and make an appointment with your counselor.
  2. See your high school counselor about taking the Accuplacer or have a high school transcript to show ACT scores.
  3. Bring your test results and a completed packet to the counseling office.  Remember the Community College of Aurora registration packet must be completed and signed by your parent/guardian before you will be allowed in the PACESetter Program.
  4. The College Opportunity Fund, or COF, must be applied for and completed before you can apply for college.  You can do this by going online to WWW.COLLEGEINCOLORADO.ORG.  Click the College Opportunity Fund tab at the top on the far right. 
    • You MUST register for COF and print the confirmation sheet to show you have activated your fund.
  5. You and your counselor will go over your transcript and see what courses you need to graduate and what classes offered at the Community College of Aurora correspond so you can receive credit at both your high school and the college.  You may choose from the classes listed in this packet.
  6. Select classes, noting the times on the schedule.  Remember to plan for the following semester so there are no conflicts between your high school and college schedules.
  7. Classes needed for graduation should be scheduled in the fall semester if possible.  Not doing so may put you in a situation of waiting on your college grade to graduate.
  8. Online or seminar classes and classes below 100 level are not covered by the PACESetter Program and will not be paid for or approved by Aurora Public Schools.
  9. Each semester students will need to re-register with their counselor for new classes.
  10. An Aurora Public Schools promissory note must be filled out and signed by both the student and a parent or guardian.

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Orientation
All new PACESetter students will be required to attend an orientation session where they will meet other PACESetter students, learn about resources available on CCA’s campuses, and get a tour of the campuses.  Each student will receive a letter with times and dates.
Remember this is mandatory.

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Tuition and Fees

  • The PACESetter Program will pay tuition and fees for college level courses; the number of courses will depend on the program in which you enroll: Concurrent Enrollment and ASCENT.
  • PACESetter covers only the cost of approved college level courses.  If a student chooses to take a developmental course, they can only take it during their senior year.
  • Students will be responsible for transportation to and from their college classes.
  • If a student voluntarily drops a course without the consent of the high school principal or PACESetter Coordinator, or if the student fails the course, the student or the student’s parent or guardian shall reimburse the district for the amount of tuition and fees paid by the district.

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Textbooks

  • Students are responsible for the cost of books (Average cost $100/course).
  • Textbooks are available at the CCA bookstore in the month before classes start.  Students are encouraged to purchase books directly after they register for classes with Enrollment Services.

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Enrollment and Registration Procedures

The following forms MUST be completed and returned to your counselor as soon as possible

  • CCA application for admission
  • Confirmation sheet for COF
  • Accuplacer or ACT scores
  • High School Transcript
  • APS/CCA Agreement
  • Promissory Note

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Contact Us for More Information

Don Keeley
Coordinator Pacesetter Program
Department of Curriculum and Professional Learning
303-726-9807
dlkeeley@aps.k12.co.us

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