ACC Educational Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with roots that go back more than 15 years. Our HSE Program is based on a hands-on approach that has been helping students successfully prepare for their high school equivalency exam for many years - all at no cost to our students.  

  • 2001: The birth of the foundation’s HSE Program began with a GED curriculum started at the Los Angeles campus of American Career College (ACC) in 2001. The idea: make a direct impact in the lives of non-high school graduates by providing a high quality, no cost GED preparation course and exam testing.
  • 2001 – 2013: The program expanded under the ACC umbrella to meet growing community demand. This included extending into other Southern California areas, including Orange and San Bernardino counties.
  • 2014: In response to the California Department of Education’s adoption of two additional high school equivalency exams and shift from GED to HSE, the program adopted the HiSET® (High School Equivalency Test).
  • 2015: the ACC Educational Foundation took the reins from ACC in a move to further broaden and grow the program into the current HSE Academy model.
  • 2017: the ACCEF piloted a Spanish-language program in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Central Orange Coast to offer classes in Santa Ana.
  • 2018 & Beyond: the ACCEF and the HSE Academy are serving thousands of student annually and continue to build partnerships with other non-profits, corporations and foundation to lift-up the communities where we work and live
American Career College Foundation - History

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