Just coming off the media whirlwind that descended on ACE – set in motion when three graduates over the age of 60 finished their high school diplomas – the alternate education program has received more good news.
Starting in September, the Agassiz Centre for Education will have a way for Harrison Hot Springs residents to study closer to home. The Harrison Beach Hotel has offered up one of their meeting rooms, one afternoon a week.
A teacher will be available at the new “north campus,” during that once a week session, said ACE administrator Sandy Balascak.
“We joke that we have the ACE East campus at the Legion hall for all of our fundraisers and special events, ACE Central campus at the Agassiz Library for awards and ongoing events like ACE Your Tech, and now we have the ACE North campus to provide services in Harrison,” she said.
“It is so wonderful to have all of these organizations helping us to be able to provide services all over the area. ACE is growing at an amazing rate, but we could never have accomplished it but for the tremendous support we get from the entire community.”
The idea came about when Tara Ryder, an ACE graduate who works at the hotel, suggested it to her board. The suggestion was approved unanimously, Balascak said, and she’s looking forward to offering class time to part-time, adult students who can’t travel into Agassiz.
ACE is a part of the Fraser Cascade School District, and offers a wide range of programs for students of all ages.