PACE stands for Pathways for Academic Careers and Employment. Per the Iowa Department of Education website, “The funding is to be used to implement a simplified, streamlined, and comprehensive process, along with customized support services, to enable eligible participants to acquire effective academic and employment training to secure gainful, quality, in-state employment."
Potential participants are students that are:
- Iowa residents (paying in-state tuition at IHCC)
- Seeking credential(s) in a career-oriented field (credit or non-credit: certificate, diploma, or degree)
and one of the following:
- Unemployed, underemployed, or a dislocated worker
- Uneducated or undereducated
- Living between the 150% and 250% level of the poverty line.
|Do you qualify for FREE COLLEGE? Read more here, or scroll to the bottom of the page to either contact Michelle Russell-Graham, GAP/PACE Coordinator or fill out the GAP/PACE application.|
Once students are enrolled in PACE, they are assigned to a Pathway Navigator. This individual will assist the students with any needs they may have, by connecting them to resources on our campuses, as well as in our communities.
The PACE program has a funding stream available for students that can assist with basic needs (food, shelter, utilities, etc.), transportation needs (gas assistance, bus passes, car repair, etc.), career needs (work uniforms, interview clothing, professional licensure, etc.), and educational needs (tuition, books, fees, etc.). PACE students will discuss need with their Pathway Navigator; referrals may be made to best serve the student. PACE partners frequently with IowaWORKS, WIOA, Vocational Rehabilitation, the Iowa Department of Human Services, and other local community agencies. Our vision is for PACE participants to build skills in resume writing, stress management, interviewing, and in other important areas, so that as they finish their academic programs at Indian Hills, they are prepared to seek, apply, and interview for jobs, and successfully enter into their chosen professions. Each student will have an individual plan set up for them, keeping their academic goals in mind, that will help them reach, and even surpass, these goals.
Our goal as a program is to assist students in completing their education by breaking down barriers that may exist in each of their lives that could potentially hold them back from graduation.
The GAP Tuition Assistance Program provides tuition assistance to eligible applicants enrolling in an approved continuing education, non-credit, certificate training program. These programs are for in-demand occupations in the areas of information technology, advanced manufacturing, transportation and logistics, bio and life sciences, and allied health. Certificates earned will increase the skills of workforce members. Non-credit certificate programs are not eligible for federal financial aid. This program bridges the funding "gap" for those students pursuing short-term certificates.
Depending on your financial eligibility, you may receive full or partial assistance with your direct training costs, including tuition, books, and required fees. Eligibility is determined by assessing family income for the 6 months prior to application date, family size, and county of residence. All approved participants must be eligible to work in the United States.
Potential participants are students who:
- Live between the 150% and 250% level of the poverty line*
- Have completed the National Career Readiness Certificate
- Have the ability to complete an eligible certificate program
- Have the ability to enter a postsecondary certificate, diploma, or for-credit degree program
- Have the ability to gain full-time employment
- Have the ability to maintain full-time employment over time
*Applicants who fall below these income guidelines will be referred to IowaWORKS for review for WIOA.
Note: Applicants will undergo screening to determine if the program of interest is an appropriate choice. Particular consideration will be given to criminal history and driving record as it relates to successful completion of the program of interest and/or employment in the field post-training.
Did you know?
- Middle-skilled jobs make up 56% of Iowa’s workforce, yet only 33% of Iowans have the
necessary skills to obtain one of these positions.(Source: Labor Force and Occupational
Analysis Bureau, Iowa Workforce Development)
- By 2018, 2 out of 3 jobs will require some type of post high school education. (Source:
- In 2025, two-thirds of Iowa’s workforce will have already been working since 2012.
Iowa’s skilled workforce is dependent upon adult and young people alike. (Source:
Labor Force and Occupational Analysis Bureau, Iowa Workforce Development)
- Construction, Manufacturing, Trade, Transportation and Utilities, and Health Services
make up 54.6% of Iowa’s middle to high skill job market. (Source: Labor Force and
Occupational Analysis Bureau, Iowa Workforce Development). Indian Hills Community
College offers a variety of certificate, diploma, and degree programs in these areas.
- Middle-skilled occupations in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) earn
higher wages and tend to have lower unemployment rates than many other fields, as
well as a smaller salary gap between men and women. Also, in Iowa, STEM occupations
have a mean hourly wage of $26.89, compared to $18.14 for non-STEM occupations. Further,
the projected increase in job opportunities in these fields by the year 2020 will
increase by 15,230 jobs in Iowa. Currently, Indian Hills Community College offers
certificate, diploma, and degree programs in 14 of the 21 middle-skilled occupations
in STEM that are the fastest growing.
- 98.9% of students who received an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing were employed within a year of graduating and earned a median average income of $43,614. (Source: Iowa Department of Education)
Meeting you where you are now:
Navigating college can be a challenge for any student. The Pathways for Academic Careers and Employment (PACE) team is here to assist you with this process. PACE provides students with customized support services to enable eligible participants to acquire effective academic and employment training to secure gainful, quality, in-state employment.
Whether you are working toward your high school equivalency or completing a degree program, let our team meet you where you are at this critical stage in your academic journey.
Everyone’s story is different. Everyone’s challenges are different. Come, tell us your story. Let the PACE team help you, so your Indian Hills experience can be life-changing.
- Grant-Funded Financial Assistance
- Knowledge of Campus and Community Resources
- Knowledge of IHCC credit, non-credit, certificate, diploma, and degree programs
- Consistent and Personalized Support
- Financial Literacy Education
Apply for PACE/Gap Assistance
To apply for assistance, please download, print, and complete the PACE/Gap Application
and submit your completed application to the appropriate Pathway Navigator, below.
Michelle Russell-Graham (GAP/PACE Coordinator)
Indian Hills Community College
Phone: (641) 683-5131or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5131
Maggie Horan (Health Sciences)
Indian Hills Community College
Phone: (641) 683-5149 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5149
Melissa Neher (Advanced Technology and Centerville)
Indian Hills Community College
Phone: (641)-683-5285 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5285