PACE: Room For Education


By MARCUS WILSONStaff Writer

The Professional and Community Education Program (PACE) at Cumberland County College provide a variety of opportunities to continue your education.

PACE offers programs in Allied Health, Professional Development, and Personal Enrichment. According to Nancy Ciarlante Pollard, Director of Continuing Education, Job readiness continues to be the number one reason adults are returning to school. To compete in the field of education, PACE offers professional development training to enrich your personal life. PACE provides personal enrichment course such as Digital Photography, Computer Training, Fencing and GED Preparation.

“The PACE program is community outreach and community education and that was part of the college’s original mission; to provide outreach to the community,” according to Vicki Simek, Executive Director.

There are many programs that PACE offers including Allied Heath, G.E.D., Massage Therapy, Certified Phlebotomy Technician, Clinical Medical Assistant, and Pharmacy Technician Program.

James Menz, Program Director, teaching a massage therapy class.

PACE also offers professional developmental courses including New Pathways to Teaching Alternate Route, Substitute Teacher Training, SHRM PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation, and Online Certificate Training Courses.

Online Workforce Training courses are also offered. These courses focus on Healthcare and Fitness, Business and Professional, IT and Software Development, Management and Corporate, Media and Design, Hospitality and Gaming, Skilled Trades and Industrial, and Sustainable Energy and Going Green. For students or community members interested in art, Clay College offers pottery, ceramic and a variety of visual art courses.

The PACE program doesn’t really follow the regular CCC semester. Instead, they offer a different schedule more open to student needs. PACE is open from 8:30am-5pm as well as a variety of evening hours to accommodate students’ busy schedules.

Simek also shares, “This program is important because it enables people who don’t have time to go to college to get a career started quickly so they take care of themselves or family members.”

Most career programs last anywhere from three to six months. The program benefits students because they’re able to train for a new or existing career quickly. Online courses are also a convenient way for students to further their education and careers.

Some online courses include: Art, Business, Digital Photography, Entertainment, Grant writing, Healthcare, History, Law and Legal Services, Math, Personal Finance, Teaching, Test Prep, and Writing and Publishing.

If students want to learn more about the PACE program, they can visit http://www.ed2go.com/cccnj, http://www.gatlineducation.com/cccnj or visit the PACE office located on the lower level of the Academic Building.

The PACE program will help benefit students to a better education. It also helps many student continue with their education and plans for the future.

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