Preparation for Aviation/Advanced Career Employment System Program (PACES)

PACES is funded through a regional funding collaborative working together to strengthen and expand workforce partnerships. The mission of PACES is to create a more accessible and flexible employment and training system to move both unemployed and underemployed workers into high demand and high skill careers in aviation, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing industries. PACES seeks to assist individuals in the Wichita MSA with the following characteristics:

  • Over 18 years old
  • Low income – individual or family
  • Unemployed or underemployed
  • Documented barriers to entering training: limited transportation, limited childcare, unfamiliarity with post-secondary education processes, limited literacy skills, limited financial resources, etc.
  • Willingness to attend short- or long-term training programs (up to two years)
  • Willingness to participate in project evaluation, including follow-up evaluation
  • Ability to take and pass a drug test
  • Complete entrance assessment as appropriate (example – WORKReady! Certification)
  • Committed to seeking aviation, healthcare, or advanced manufacturing employment after training

If you are interested in participating in the Preparation for Aviation/Advanced Career Employment System program, visit a Workforce Center and mention that you are interested in PACES.

Regional Manufacturing Council on Technical Education (RMCTE)

In 2014, PACES created the Regional Manufacturing Council on Technical Education (RMCTE), an organized and staff supported forum designed to provide employers a coordinated voice to address the workforce needs in the manufacturing sector operating in South Central Kansas. The RMCTE provides workforce development professionals and educational institutions consistent direction toward meeting the talent needs in the region. It is the official program advisory board for selected technical education programs offered by USD 259 and the National Aviation Consortium project being administered by WATC. Additionally, PACES hosted a visit in January 2014 for staff members of more than ten congressional offices to tour educational institutions, employers, and the public workforce system in Wichita in order to raise awareness among policy makers about successful strategies to leverage resources and align services between community based organizations, public agencies and educational institutions.

 Other PACES initiatives include:

Opportunities for Women in Non-Traditional Employment (OWNE)

SOCIAL Innovation Fund (SIF)

The SIF is a powerful approach to transforming lives and communities that positions the federal government to be a catalyst for impact—mobilizing public and private resources to find and grow community solutions with evidence of strong results. A key White House initiative and program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Social Innovation Fund has the simple but vital goal of finding solutions that work, and making them work for more people. We unite public and private resources to evaluate and grow innovative community-based solutions that have evidence of results in low-income communities in our three priority areas: economic opportunity, healthy futures, and youth development.