Student Spotlight: Mark Merritt
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Student Spotlight: Mark Merritt

“The ACE program at Norco College provided guidance and gave me insight about the variety of automated positions available in the local area. I learned that the concept of automation incorporates computer controlled devices along with various mechanical aspects. I appreciated the opportunity to create a bond with the professors and classmates as a result of the full-time schedule. Also, the program staff built connections with employers, which created a bridge between their open jobs and the students. This increased our employment opportunities upon completion of the ACE program. Although I am not a first time college student, this is the first time having such success after completion of a training program. There were many campus resources I found helpful, especially Norco College’s career resources. Despite some personal challenges, such as the usual juggling between family time and the school schedule and homework/study hours, the program ultimately improved my life. It provided me the skills, knowledge, and tools to progress in my career and ultimately landed me a great position at the Target Distribution Center. This new position will help me provide for my family. In the future, I see myself moving up the ladder to a lead or supervisor position and obtaining my Bachelors. I would like to thank Norco College for giving me an opportunity to put my career on a fast track so I can provide for my family. I would also like to thank all my professors and Norco staff for contributing to my success.”

-Mark Merritt, ACE program graduate & Target employee

ACE programs lead to a certificate in less than seven months for less than $5,000. Upon completion of the program, students will earn a certificate and college units.

Veterans and individuals who are unemployed are strongly encouraged to apply, however, ACE is open to anyone willing to commit to a full-time program.

Go to for more details about the ACE Program. Contact (951)201-6983 to schedule your information session.