Program for Adult College Education
A Learning Community
Offering paths to various Associate of Arts Degrees
Watch this video where Dr. Nola Hadley-Torres, former PACE coordinator, and Deborah Smith-Evans, PACE alumna, explain the benefits of joining the PACE cohort at BCC for adults who wish to begin or restart their college education while working, caring for children and/or elder relatives.
What is PACE Pathways?
PACE Pathways is a two-year learning community designed for working adults looking to complete an Associates of Arts Degree.
If you are a working adult interested in earning an A.A. degree and possibly transferring to a four-year college or university, the Program for Adult College Education Pathways (PACE Pathways Learning Community) is for you. You can complete an Associate in Arts degree in two years taking courses at night and online. You may transfer in a maximum of 12 units.
As a PACE Pathways student, you will travel together with other PACE Pathways students in locked classes (cohorts) for the first year through a fixed sequence of courses. Starting in Fall 2014, all courses will be scheduled in the evenings and some will include an online component. On Saturdays you will have the opportunity to attend tutoring, counseling workshops, and other support services. You can start the program in Fall or Spring semester. After the first year of study you are mentored to choose your major or degree path. In the second year of the program you remain a PACE Pathways student, with all of its benefits, but take most of your courses in your chosen major.
Some of the benefits of the PACE Pathways Program include the cohort model of learning which increases student success, instructors committed to working within a learning community, priority enrollment, access to specialized tutoring, counseling, evening and weekend library and computer lab time.
PACE Pathways encourages the development of study groups and study buddies. Classes are scheduled to help link and reinforce learning. PACE classes are transferable to public and private colleges and universities. With this program you choose your degree path, all of which allows you to choose to transfer into a wide variety of degree programs within the fields of social science and liberal arts.
Interested in PACE Pathways?
If you are interested in this program, you must attend and complete a Berkeley City College Assessment Test and meet with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan. Please call the following numbers to set up appointments: for testing – (510) 981-2804; for the information session—(510) 981-2864; and for counseling (510) 981-2864.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR CURRENT PACE STUDENTS-- PACE is undergoing certain curricular changes (effective Fall 2014) but is continuing to serve current PACE students in the same way. All PACE courses (Saturdays included) which were offered at the time a PACE student first enrolled will continue to be offered until Spring 2015.