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.

At this time, PACES will fund training through the Boeing OJT grant. All training opportunities are identified and provided by participating employers.  Interested applicants must apply directly with one of the following employer partners to be selected for a training opportunity: Cox Machine (Wichita or Harper locations), GKN Aerospace, HM Dunn, TECT Aerospace (Valley Center or Wellington locations), and XLT Ovens.

To be eligible, interested applicants must meet the following:

  1. Currently unemployed or underemployed (underemployed is defined as earning less than $12.02 per hour full time or $25,000 per year)
  2. Meet all employer required criteria for employment

Interested applicants who have questions or need resume or application assistance should visit or call one of the Workforce Centers of South Central Kansas.

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.  RMCTE coordinates plant tours for high school students, classroom speaking opportunities for employers, and donation of materials and supplies or funds to high school technical education programs.  Companies interested in joining the RMCTE should contact Amanda Duncan.