Meet ACES Alumni


When Mahmudur Rahman applied to St. Joseph’s College, he had been living in the U.S. for less than five years after moving here from Bangladesh with his family. 

He tested out of English as a Second Language courses in his junior year of high school. He joined ACES to perfect his English skills while exploring career options in computer science and biochemistry

"I really liked it that I received a special grant to be an ACES student, and I’ve had fun while improving my writing, reading and comprehension skills," he said. 

"Most of my ACES classmates are all from different countries, but we have ACES as a common experience, so it’s easy to make good friends early on at St. Joseph’s."




Kai Lian Chen had only been in the U.S. for two years when she entered the ACES Program at SJC. She loved her biology class in high school and she majored in biology at St. Joseph’s. 

During her senior year, Kai Lian was accepted at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine — an accomplishment she attributes in part to her experience in the ACES program. 

“It was great to be in a freshman English class where I could feel comfortable working to improve my essay writing," she said. 

"The ACES professors also helped me prepare presentations and papers for other classes, so that I could keep my grades high enough to get into medical school.”