Integrating school and work can be challenging, but the Pierce College Program for Accelerated College Education (P.A.C.E.) program helps make that possible for several students every year.
P.A.C.E. is available to all students who want to finish classes in half the time of regular Pierce classes while still retaining the same academic value as regular courses.
The P.A.C.E. program started 30 years ago aimed at helping working adults complete college classes while working during the day, according to P.A.C.E. Consultant Ryan Son.
Currently P.A.C.E. has approximately 4000 students enrolled in it today, according to Son.
“[For students, the best part about the program is that it’s] accelerated and condensed,” Son said.
With the accelerated courses, P.A.C.E. students are able to get their associate’s degree and transfer in two years due to classes fitting into 8 week quarters, rather than taking 15 week long semesters.
Along with Ryan, Lupita Narkevicus is the other P.A.C.E. consultant and senior office assistant at the P.A.C.E. office. Both are available to answer student questions about the program.
“Students can find a lot of information about the program on our website, including the frequency and availability of classes,” Narkevicus said.
Classes taken in the P.A.C.E. program are treated just like regular Pierce classes during the transfer process. This includes all UC and CSU colleges, along with any private ones as well.
The P.A.C.E. program is available to all students, but in order to join you must attend a mandatory orientation and fill out and submit an application to the Admissions office.
More information about the orientation and the program can be found online at the P.A.C.E. section of the Pierce College website or by walking into the P.A.C.E. office located at Village 8340.
The next scheduled orientation is March 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Great Hall.