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PACE - Program for Adult College Education at DVC

Are you working full-time? Juggling a very busy life?  You might want to consider PACE - an associate degree program that fits your schedule. With DVC PACE, you can be a full-time student and earn your degree while balancing family, career, and scheduling demands.

Students enrolled in the PACE program meet on the Pleasant Hill campus one evening a week and on selected Saturdays. PACE classes are taught in a “hybrid” format (part on-campus and part online), so students receive the benefit of weekly “in-class” interaction with teachers and fellow students and the convenience of online instruction.

With a degree through PACE, students will complete lower-division general education requirements for the associate degree and/or transfer to UC, CSU or private institutions, using the pre-planned PACE course schedule. Students work with their DVC PACE counselor to select major requirements to meet their individual student goal.

Please note that PACE is a 4-semester program that packages linked classes together with a working adult population in mind.  Students in the program take all of the PACE classes offered in a particular semester (the exception to that being if the student has already satisfied that transfer requirement).  The program is not designed for, nor can it accommodate, students looking for one or two classes to fill out their schedule.

We hope PACE meets your needs to complete your lower division GE requirements for transfer!  

The PACE program started in Spring 2016 and is adding students for the upcoming semester.
Note: Applicants must assess into college level English (English-122) and Math (Math-120).

To prepare students for the program, a Pre-PACE term is also included in the curriculum.

  • All interested PACE students: COUNS-120 Student Success 
  • Pre-PACE is for students who do not assess into college-level: ENGL-117 and/or MATH-085.

Need Help with your Math Assessment?

We would like to tell you about an opportunity this summer to potentially save you a semester of Math!  We are offering a Math Fast Track Math Assessment Preparation this summer (details are below) which will be taught by Professor Salvador Rico (a favorite PACE instructor) in the evenings for two weeks.  The goal is to refresh your Math skills with the aim of reassessing into a higher level of Math, and saving you from taking an extra semester of non-transfer level Math (Math 85 or 119). 

The Fast Track is absolutely free to students and there is no homework.  All the work is done in class and at the end of the two week session, you will retake the Math Assessment test – hopefully with a higher placement!

The information below includes the dates, times and registration information.  You MUST pre-register for the Fast Track.  

Fast Track: Math Assessment Preparation
Register online! Register today! It’s free!

June 5 – June 15, 2017 (Monday through Thursday only)
5:30pm – 8:00pm: Room MA105 with Salvador Rico

Register today! Navigate to:

Download the Fast Track Summer Flyer


Next step - Complete the PACE application!

Access the PACE application 

View the pre-planned PACE course schedule

Buying textbooks online from the DVC Book Center

Download a PDF file of the PACE brochure

For more information or if you have additional questions, please contact us at: