The ACE (Achieve College Education) College Program in Chester, PA is a collaborative comprising Harcum College, I-LEAD (the Institute for Leadership, Education, Advancement, and Development), Inc., and Chester Education Foundation (CEF). Since its inception in 1995 as the original product of a Weed and Seed grant project, Harcum College in Chester has helped 70 students get started locally on the path to higher education. Today, it stands as the leading community partner in Chester empowering adult learners towards self-sufficiency.
Holding a candle in their left hand while raising their right, inductees repeated the same pledge recited by 17 U.S. Presidents, 37 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 136 Nobel Laureates and over half a million active members from 280 American colleges and universities. Founded at the College of William and Mary in 1775, membership in Phi Beta Kappa honors liberal arts and sciences students with a demonstrated commitment to intellectual integrity, tolerance for others’ views, and a broad range of academic interests.
Having experienced firsthand the transformational power of education, they stand ready to uphold these ideals as they embrace the challenge of applying their skills in leadership and human services to effect positive change locally. The accomplishments of these ladies in such a short time speak not only to their commitment to improving their lives, but also what is possible when desire meets opportunity at Harcum College in Chester.