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Academic Center for Excellence

The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) and Career Studio, located on the third floor in Alfond Hall, provide students with one-stop-shop access to academic and career support services. We are committed to serving all students and providing individualized support as they strive for academic and career success during their time at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine.

First-year experienceFirst-Year Experience (FYE)

First-Year Experience (FYE) Seminar, taught by SJC staff and faculty members, runs during the fall semester and addresses the challenges first-year students face. It highlights resources that support student success in areas of critical thinking and effective reading and writing skills that can be applied across each student’s curriculum. By actively supporting students as they transition to college, the FYE Seminar helps students grow and prosper as productive members of the Saint Joseph’s College of Maine campus community and the wider community as well. The program has proven to be a valuable tool for our first-year students and the College as a whole. In our ongoing commitment to serving students, we offer a section of FYE not only for our Undeclared students, but our Talbot Scholar cohort.

For more information, please contact Victoria Bernier, 207-893-7561, vbernier@sjcme.edu.

Second-year experienceSecond-Year Experience (SYE)

The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) understands that students face transitions through their second year of college. Second Year Experience (SYE) was implemented specifically for second-year students to help continue supporting them, providing them with resources at SJC, creating new friendships, and ensuring they feel part of the SJC community. Several programs will be put together by Peer Mentors geared towards second-year students.

For more information, please contact Victoria Bernier, 207-893-7561, vbernier@sjcme.edu.

Peer Tutor ProgramPeer Tutor Program

Looking for Peer Tutoring and Writing Tutor assistance? Please email askACE@sjcme.edu and the Academic Center for Excellence will provide assistance. We respond daily and you will hear back from a tutor within 24-48 hours.

“My tutor helped me not just with learning the material for Anatomy, but taught me ways to study and be successful in all of my classes.”


Smarthinking is another tutoring service the College offers to all Sebago Lake students and online students. Smarthinking provides tutoring in a variety of subjects, some of which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

With Smarthinking you can:

  • Connect With a Tutor and interact live (See example)
  • Submit your Writing for any class to their Online Writing Lab (See example)
  • Learn how Smarthinking works (See example)

Student Accessibility ServicesStudent Accessibility Services

ADA Accommodations

It is the College’s policy that no qualified person be excluded from participating in any College program or activity, be denied the benefits of any College program or activity, or otherwise be subject to discrimination with regard to any college program or activity.

ELL Support

English Language Leaner (ELL) modifications will be based on individual students, their needs to be successful, and will include conversation between the ELL Coordinator and any course faculty or department chairs.

Assistive Technology

ReadSpeaker: ReadSpeaker is text-to-speech software that is integrated into the Brightspace course site that provides the ability for all students to listen to course material and beyond. ReadSpeaker is available to all Sebago Lake campus and online students.
Digital Text: Through the Access Text Network, we have the ability to convert students’ textbooks into a digital format.

For more information, please contact Holly Sanborn, 207-893-7562, hsanborn@sjcme.edu.

Connect with Us

Email: askACE@sjcme.edu
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ACEitSJC
Instagram: www.instagram.com/ACEitSJC

Contact Us

Victoria Bernier
Associate Director, ACE and Career Studio
Office 328

Holly Sanborn
Manager, Student Accessibility Services
Office 307

Shanna Webster
Associate Dean, Student Success and Transformative Experiences
Office 325
(207) 893-7563

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