ACE Announces Partnership with Roger Williams University

The Academy for Career Exploration (ACE), a career-focused public charter high school in Providence, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Roger Williams University School of Continuing Studies (SCS) solidifying their partnership.

This agreement is the foundation of a mutually beneficial relationship between the two schools, allowing students to progress seamlessly from high school to college, earning college credits. While the cost of credits is already covered through the Governor’s Advance Coursework Network, additional career training activities will be funded by a joint fund development plan agreed to by both schools.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, dual enrollment programs have positive effects on general academic achievement, high school completion, and college access and subsequent enrollment. Since 2015, 131 ACE students have earned a total of 622 college credits (through both RWU and URI). Dr. Mario F. Cirillo, Head of School at ACE, is extremely excited about the ramifications of this partnership. “This is a unique relationship, and both of our schools are committed to the success of both the partnership and our students,” Cirillo said. “I look forward to many of our graduates earning associate’s degrees along with their high school diplomas, then going seamlessly to RWU and earning bachelor’s degrees there.”

Justice Douglas, a senior at ACE, is appreciative of the opportunities the partnership affords her. “It’s great that I am able to earn college credits from RWU while completing high school at ACE. Having a head start on college will help me save money and earn my degree more quickly.”

Jamie Scurry, dean of the RWU School of Continuing Studies, said, “We are excited to be partnering with the Academy of Career Exploration. Providing multiple pathways and opportunities for high school students to earn college credit is important to ensuring students have access to degree programs that meet their career goals. Through partnership and collaboration, we can create dual enrollment opportunities that lead to certificates and associate degrees. When you come from a ‘yes’ to students, families and
partnerships, anything is possible.”