The Academic and Career Engagement (ACE) Center recently celebrated their twentieth year of giving back to the community through an annual class service-learning project.

students unloading boxes of dictionaries

The Look It Up service project has provided over 100,000 dictionaries to third graders throughout the public schools in San Juan County. ACE Center students organize the project. They then distribute the dictionaries at the end of the fall semester. Service Learning is a high-impact practice that connects meaningful community service with academic learning, personal growth and civic responsibility.

The project is graciously supported by the Bayless Charitable Fund through the San Juan College Foundation. “The Look It Up project offers opportunities for individuals to learn about using dictionaries and the importance of service learning,” says ACE Center Director Jennifer Martinez-Maestas. “We are grateful to the Bayless Charitable Fund and the San Juan College Foundation for their support in this project and for recognizing what an impact it has on all of the students—those giving and those receiving.”

The ACE Center assists students with earning their high school credential, college entry preparation as well as strengthening reading, writing, math and digital literacy skills. For more information about the ACE Center, call 505-566-3270 or visit

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