Continuing and Community Education


PACE is a multi-tiered pathway program that meets you wherever you are in life. It’s designed for individuals with limited income who lack the necessary funds to reach their educational goals, and for those with challenges who need additional assistance to prepare for and be successful in college courses and obtaining employment.

PACE enables eligible participants to acquire effective academic and employment training to secure gainful, quality, in-state employment in a demand driven industry or occupations such as:

Healthcare – C.N.A., LPN, RN, Medical Assistant, Physical Therapy Assistant

Advanced Manufacturing – Welding, Industrial Technology, Tool & Die, Wind Turbine Technology

Information Technology – Business Technology Specialization, Information Assurance and Security, Information Technology Specialist

Transportation & Logistics – Class A CDL, Automotive Service, Diesel Technology

Assisting You

You can start at NIACC with basic education or by earning your High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED), then follow the steps to a two-year degree.  In partnership with local organizations and employers, we have an expert team which includes a Pathway Navigator and professionals dedicated to providing you with the support you need to be successful.  We’ll help you, every step of the way.

PACE can provide support services in the following areas:

    • Financial – access available funding resources to assist with educational costs
    • Educational – assistance with navigating through the college process, advising
    • Personal – help access resources such as child care, transportation and food assistance
    • Career – assistance in resume writing, job searches, interviewing and job leads

For each level you climb on the pathway ladder, you can earn additional certifications and credentials to increase your earning potential.

Are you eligible?

Do you have limited income and challenges that may have prevented you from reaching your educational and employment goals? If you do and you meet one of the following target populations, you MAY be eligible.

    • Low skilled
    • Earning an income at or below 250% of federal   poverty level
    • Unemployed
    • Underemployed
    • Dislocated worker

Application Process

    1. Speak with a Pathway Navigator to review and discuss your education request.
    2. Submit your application and eligibility materials.
    3. Complete and/or provide placement assessments.
    4. Eligibility is determined.
    5. If approved, develop a PACE plan with Pathway Navigator.

Heather Wright, Pathway Navigator