The PACE-IT (Progressive, Accelerated Certifications for Employment in Information Technology) program is a federally funded grant from the Department of Labor. Edmonds CC is among 27 recipients of individual college awards chosen in the second $500 million round of grants to community and technical colleges around the country. The grant is part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Initiative. The U.S. Department of Labor is implementing and administering the grant program in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education.
PACE-IT is a program funded by a federal grant designed to accelerate online, competency-based learning through stackable certificate programs that enable learners to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to obtain industry-recognized credentials and get jobs. Our goals are to:
- improve online student achievement through intensive online and face to face supports;
- build student knowledge through stronger engagement with employers; and
- strengthen pathways to high-wage, high-demand IT jobs across high-growth industries while providing articulation to associate and baccalaureate degree programs. PACE-IT will offer individualized instruction and services for adult learners to support the diverse needs and backgrounds students in the Snohomish and King county areas.
The innovative, competency based, self-paced training model will use instructors as mentors who will guide students online or face-to-face. Employers will serve as subject-matter-experts - intricately involved in curriculum design and instructional support. Navigators will ensure students are accessing the support needed to overcome barriers and find jobs. An on-campus technology lab, catering to online students, will provide a place for problem-solving activities, learning assistance, access to technology and networking. Students will have the option to be placed in IT internships, job shadow IT practitioners, or work on project-based learning assignments (on-campus and in the community); a capstone project will tie together learning with experience.