Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE): Career Pathways for Low-Income Individuals
Initiated in 2007, PACE aims to increase self-sufficiency among low-income families through promising career pathways strategies. The PACE evaluation uses random assignment to estimate the impact of nine PACE programs across the country on the employment, earnings, and education outcomes of low-skilled adults. The first two resources profile PACE programs in Chicago and Des Moines. The third describes the characteristics of individuals recruited into the study across all nine sites.
PACE Career Pathways Program Profile: Instituto del Progreso Latino, Carreras en Salud. 2014. This report describes a promising PACE program in Chicago that connects low-skilled Latinos to health careers. The program “incorporates key components of the [PACE] career pathways approach including academic and nonacademic assessments, a well-articulated path to higher levels of training that includes basic skills and occupational instruction, academic and nonacademic support, and connections to employment.” The report describes each program component and compares PACE services to the services individuals might have accessed in the absence of the program, such as English language, GED, and citizenship preparation classes.
PACE Career Pathways Program Profile: Des Moines Area Community College Workforce Training Academy Connect Program. 2014. This report profiles the Des Moines Area Community College Workforce Training Academy Connect (WTA Connect) program participating in the PACE study. “WTA Connect targets students who otherwise would not be eligible to enroll in vocational training certificate courses because of their low skill levels.” The report outlines the ways in which the program integrates the four core elements of PACE. For example, it describes the program’s use of comprehensive assessments; promising training approaches, like career planning and digital literacy labs; vocational training; financial assistance and benefits screening; and case management.
Risk Factors for College Success: Insights from Adults in Nine Career Pathways Programs. 2016.This brief describes the demographic characteristics of low-income adults recruited to participate in the PACE study. The brief cites that PACE study participants “were relatively more educationally and economically disadvantaged…than the national, non-traditional student sample.” The brief also explores the relationship between participant characteristics and education outcomes for a subgroup of adults in the control group. It finds that the low-income adults enrolled in the control group who did not receive any PACE program services had lower college outcomes overall than the average community college student.