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Division of Adult and Community Education

The Division of Adult and Community Education (DACE) supports the mission of Academic Affairs through partnerships with various local, state and national agencies and organizations. In addition to implementing grant-funded initiatives, DACE offers credit and noncredit courses and programs that enhance the likelihood for underserved constituencies to succeed in college. Operating through more flexible and responsive programming, DACE offers lifelong learning opportunities that meet the changing needs and interests of the community. Serving as an extension of the College, DACE offers programs aimed at promoting the social development and personal enrichment of Philadelphia residents.

Programs offered through the Division of Adult and Community Education include:

Advance at College
This program offers ambitious high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to study at the college level, motivating them to pursue a degree and easing the transition from high school to college.

The English as a Second Language Institute
The Institute offers adult non-native English speakers the opportunity to improve their English listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through this program offered at all four campuses and convenient community centers.

Gateway to College
Dropping out of high school doesn’t have to mean a dead end. Philadelphia youth ages 16–20 who are currently out of school can now earn their high school diploma and college credit simultaneously, putting them on the path to success.

GED Preparation Classes
Adults who wish to earn their GED can attend classes that help them prepare for the test by building reading, writing and math skills.

The Keystone Education Yields Success (KEYS) program puts recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Food Stamps on the path to success through education, career counseling and the development of skills necessary for self-sufficiency.

Lifelong Learning Workshops and Programs
Community College of Philadelphia's Lifelong Learning workshops include a wide array programs designed to help broaden your experience and fine-tune your skills, such as cooking, dancing, yoga, horticulture, photography and more. Take a closer look at the exciting programs currently being offered.

TRIO Upward Bound
Designed for students from low income households who will be the first in their family to attend college, this program provides academic instruction, counseling, enrichment experiences and more meant to help prepare students for a successful college career.