Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) evaluations identify "next-generation" strategies that aim to increase the economic self-sufficiency of low-income individuals and their families by preparing them for in-demand and high-growth healthcare occupations. Each evaluation includes an impact study and an implementation study. Together, they reflect a wide range of approaches to preparing low-income individuals for healthcare occupations.

PACE program evaluations span healthcare bridge academies; consumer choice models offering occupational training in Patient Care, Technician, and Administrative programs; healthcare training for TANF recipients; healthcare career pathway program; ongoing healthcare occupational training programs in Medical Office Support, Nursing, Medical and Physician Support, Emergency Medicine, and Other (Community Health Advisor, Direct Care Professional, Behavioral Health Specialist, Surgical Tech, and Pharmacy Tech); occupational certificate courses for students with lower basic skills; and targeted assistance supports for students enrolled in basic skills programs to facilitate their successful completion of college-level occupational courses. The following evaluations represent the various studies found in PACE.

Patient Care Pathway Program
This brief summarizes the early impacts of the Patient Care Pathway program at Madison Area Technical College, Wisconsin.

Bridge to Healthcare Employment
This brief documents the implementation and findings from the Bridge to Employment in Healthcare Industry program in San Diego evaluation.

San Diego County Bridge to Employment in the Healthcare Industry Program: Implementation and Early Impact
This report shares the outcomes and early impacts from a randomized-control trial study of a San Diego career pathway program to improve access to occupational training and to increase employment opportunities in the healthcare sector for low-income, low-skilled adults.

Health Careers for All (HCA)
This brief summarizes the implementation and early impacts of the HCA program operated by the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County.

Pathways to Healthcare
This brief summarizes the implementation and early impacts of the Pathways to Healthcare program, operated by Pima Community College in Arizona, which helps lower-skilled adults access college and facilitate academic and career progress by augmenting the college’s existing training programs with support and employment services.

Workforce Training Academy Connect
This brief summarizes the implementation and early impacts of the WTA Connect program, operated by Des Moines Area Community College in Iowa that enabled students with lower-level basic skills to enroll in occupational certificate courses.

Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training
This brief summarizes the implementation and early impacts of Washington State's I-BEST program at Bellingham Technical College, Everett Community College, and Whatcom Community College. The I-BEST program helps students in adult basic skills programs enroll and succeed in college-level programs.

Major Findings & Recommendations