Students in class in the adult education center

Academic and Career Engagement (ACE) Center

Reach your academic and career goals at San Juan College's Academic and Career Engagement (ACE) Center! We offer free services and an encouraging environment to help you in your educational journey.

Transform Your Future at SJC's ACE Center

Build the skills you need to earn a high school equivalency degree or succeed in your career at the ACE Center. Our supportive staff will help you prepare for the GED or HiSET exams, college courses, and even the workforce! Our engaging programs are free and assist you in reaching your academic goals. 

Want to improve your English or reading skills? We offer free programs for English language learners, adults who want to improve their literacy skills, and families who want their children to become better readers. At the ACE Center, we're with you every step of the way.

Apply to the ACE Center

Our Services

High School Equivalency Exam Prep

Prepare for the GED® or HiSET® exams with our free test preparation classes and expert guidance.

English Language Learner Program

If you are a non-native English speaker, our ELL program will help you improve your language skills and build confidence. 

Adult Literacy

If you struggle with reading or writing, we offer classes to improve your literacy skills.

Family Literacy Classes

We believe that reading should be a family activity! Our literacy classes encourage families to read and learn together. 

College Preparation

Get ready to advance your education by building important skills to thrive in college. 

Career Exploration and Skills

Discover different careers that you can pursue and learn important workplace skills, such as customer service and leadership. 

How to Get Started

Step 1. Complete the ACE Center Application 

Step 2. Attend an Onboarding Session

Onboarding Dates

GED®, HiSET®, or Literacy Sessions : 8 hour session with 1 hour lunch break

ESL, Ell, English Language Development, or Spanish GED® : 4 hour session

Additional Onboarding Information

Approved New Mexico Exams for High School Equivalency

You can earn the New Mexico High School Equivalency Certificate by taking the General Education Development Test (GED®) or the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET®).

The GED® exam is computer-based and has four subject areas:

The HiSET® test can be a combination of computer-based or paper/pencil. It has five subject areas:

Download the GED-HiSET Flyer

Hear From ACE Students

Students in the adult education program work together unpackaging and labeling all the shipments of dictionaries.

Bringing Literacy to the Community

At the ACE Center, we believe that literacy is key to success. That's why we provide programs to help families improve their reading and writing skills together. Through the "Look It Up" service project, we've distributed over 100,000 dictionaries to third graders in the area.

More About the ACE Center

Our Mission

The ACE Center at San Juan College empowers you to strengthen your academic and career skills in a positive learning environment.

Our Values

  • Dedicated to changing lives
  • Innovative curriculum
  • Learner-centered instruction
  • Respect for diversity and individualism
  • Student-success driven
  • Safe & engaging environment
Ace Center graduating class in full gowns throwing caps

Contact Us
Phone: (505) 566-3270

30th Street Education Center

3401 E. 30th St. | SJC 2nd Floor Entrance

M-F 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.