Our program was designed around success. ACS was founded by Norm Detrick and Pam Bichsel. They formed a partnership built on careers in education and business, and a common belief that all students can use support and inspiration. Having successes in both areas, they teamed up to create a sustainable program that could help students build habits that would propel them into the next stage of their academic journey and beyond. They started by mentoring struggling students and found that they could provide support to a wider group. They envisioned a program that would provide a realistic and user-friendly approach for families as they transition through this challenging first year of college.

Norm Detrick

Pam Bichsel


Our coaches are dedicated to providing an exceptional experience that is custom-tailored to the individual needs of your student.


We strive to inspire students to achieve their best by walking with them through key transitions in their education. We equip them with tools and strategies that will allow them to work with their natural talents and abilities, building their self-confidence. Additionally, we provide a very realistic and practical view of college and the workforce that is balanced and non-biased, as we realize and advocate that college is not always the best path for every student.

We mentor and monitor students to help them stay accountable, inspiring them to heighten their expectations for themselves, with a clear plan to achieve whatever they set out to accomplish.

Custom-Tailored Coaching for Students

Our comprehensive program provides students with the skills necessary to be successful in college and in life after.

What People Say

We love helping students maximize their potential. Check out what they say about their experience with ACS.



” The program has geared me up for success not only in the classroom but also in life. Having a dedicated plan day in and day out has helped me achieve so much. With the help and guidance from ACS, I was able to graduate college (which I never thought could happen) and have helped me land my dream job right out of college! Thank you ACS!! “


Joe D.

” I was able to improve my test scores, improve my overall grades and even make dean’s list. I also gained a new mentor, coach, and friend. I am using the skills I learned through ACS daily in my career such as planning, focusing, and prioritizing my tasks each day. “


Carolina B.

” I struggle with time management and I have learned that I need accountability to finish and reach my goals. Having someone who cares about my success, offering tools and strategies to get there, has been crucial for my professional and personal development. I am so grateful for this support from ACS in this journey. “