The Appalachian Community of Education Scholars (ACES) learning community is for future teachers who are interested in service and leadership opportunities. The community also provides a support network for freshman educators that begins with early move-in and our Freshman Retreat. ACES will have the opportunity to connect with faculty and current students in the Reich College of Education. The ACES community is housed in the Living Learning Center (LLC) with the Language & Culture and Watauga Residential College programs.

Members of ACES will have the opportunity to:
  • Receive academic and advising support for education coursework
  • Become involved in clubs and student organizations
  • Participate in events that will help to prepare them for their roles as future educators
  • Participate in fun social events (i.e., game nights, socials, movies on campus)
  • Build relationships with other students who are interested in pursuing a career in education
  • Interact informally with faculty inside and outside of the classroom
  • Develop a connection with the Appalachian community

Members of ACES will be expected to:
  • Participate in community activities and events
  • Be an ambassador for Appalachian State University and the Teacher Education Program
  • Support the academic success of community members
  • Learn the requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program
  • Participate in and reflect on group community service events
  • Become involved in developing community standards and planning the future of the LLC

Sponsoring Departments

Reich College of Education - James Center for Appalachian Educators

The Reich College of Education offers a broad range of comprehensive degree programs at the Baccalaureate, Masters, Specialist, and Doctoral levels, as well as programs leading to particular certifications and licenses. The College seeks to provide a well-balanced program of classroom and clinical experiences while maintaining a cooperative, forward-thinking posture.

The James Center for Appalachian Educators , named after Steve and Judy James, serves to recruit, support, and retain teacher education majors during their tenure at Appalachian State University to ensure success in the classroom. The James Center provides information for prospective students, professional development opportunities, and services for current students.

RLC Questions?

If you have any questions about an RLC please let us know!


I especially love all of the service opportunities and activities that ACES participate in. It is such a great way to get involved, meet new people and just have fun!

Hayley, ACES




Contact Us

Rm. 321, John E. Thomas Hall
P.O. Box 32111
287 Rivers St.
Boone, NC 28608

Phone: (828) 262-2160
Fax: (828) 262-2945

Email: housing@appstate.edu