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Ferndale Schools offers two exciting early college options for students at Ferndale High School and University High School. These programs allow students to earn college credit or even a degree, free of charge, while they are high school students!

Oakland Schools Accelerated College Experience (ACE) Program »

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Oakland Community College

Oakland Schools Accelerated College Experience (ACE)

The ACE program serves motivated high school students enrolled in Ferndale Schools. Students are given the opportunity, guidance, and support to earn as much as an associate degree while still in high school. The program is designed for students who feel academically, socially, and emotionally ready for a college experience; but may be unsure about where to go, how to go, and what to do when they get there. The ACE Program provides wrap-around support for the transition from high school to college.

Key Features 

  • Competely Free!
  • College Campus Experience
  • Earn College Credit While in High School


Students accepted into the ACE program agree to a three-year program of study. During the first year (grade 11), students have a half-time schedule at their high school and half time at Oakland Community College (OCC). In their second year (grade 12), ACE students take two-thirds of their schedule at OCC, and the rest at their high school. Then, in the final year, they take a full-time schedule at OCC.

There is no cost to the students or their families for tuition, fees, or books.

Visit the ACE Website

Oakland Technical Early College (OTEC)

Oakland Technical Early College is a rigorous three-year program offering high school students an early start in post-secondary training to better prepare them for high-skill, high-demand and high-wage careers.

Key Features

  • Competely Free!
  • Real World Experience
  • Work with Industry Professionals
  • Earn College Credit While in High School


During the 11th and 12th grades, students take high school requirements, an OSTC program, and college courses that align with a technical degree. Students attend Oakland Community College full-time during an added 13th year, completing their high school diploma and potentially earning an associate's degree.

The cost for college tuition and books are covered for participants in this program. 

Visit the OSTC Early College WebsiteView the Current OTEC Program List