The Pomona Unified School District (PUSD) Adult and Career Education (ACE) program provides educational opportunities in order to support the development of the local community and meet the educational needs of the people living in it. ACE is one part of the PUSD, which is the school district that was created in 1954 based on the first school set up in the Pomona Valley in 1871. The aim of ACE is to train individuals so that they can participate in the current labor market.
With this end in mind, the programs offered at ACE are designed so that busy adults can make it to the classes. Certificates are the highest degrees granted and programs last from one semester to two years. ACE also has programs for individuals to prepare for the GED to get their high school equivalency, with the exam given in either English or Spanish. Students of ACE receive a discount when they take the test. Citizenship courses are taken by individuals who are preparing to complete the naturalization process.
The emphasis on responding to the local needs is what distinguishes ACE. The English as a Second Language program fulfills the needs of the many Spanish-speaking individuals in the region. Every effort is made to provide financial aid to those who need it. There are also extensive services like career counseling and job placement that help students find employment as part of their time with ACE.
ACE holds accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, through 2011.
There are many different courses, each preparing individuals to start working in their chosen field. The most popular lead to careers in beauty and cosmetology, medical administration, and production trades like welding and mechanics.