As of Monday, March 16, 2020, DVC has suspended all face-to-face classes and activities until further notice.

Spring 2021 Application is OPEN NOW!

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Welcome to PACE - Program for Adult College Education 

PACE is a program designed to support working adult, transfer students to complete their educational goals. Two of the main benefits of being a PACE student are:

  • Reserved seating in general education courses during the enrollment period each semester
  • Intensive academic advising from PACE dedicated counselors.

Our PACE program is designed to help you balance the demands of a full time job, a family, and an education.


*If you are looking to enroll into just one or two classes to complete your educational goal, this program is NOT for you. 
**The PACE Program does not offer courses for any specific majors; PACE only offers courses that will satisfy CSUGE, IGETC or DVC GE.

How to Apply?

Spring 2021 Application

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

  • A multi-semester, flexible Learning Community for Working Adults
  • Designed for people who need their first two years of college General Education classes
  • Mixture of evening, online, and hybrid classes
  • PACE classes include all types of General Ed. classes such as: Anthropology, English, History, Geography, Math, Psychology, Sociology, etc. View the pre-planned PACE course schedule
  • Take PACE classes with other working people like you
  • Instructors and PACE Counselor are dedicated to working with adult students
  • Complete your A.A., A.S. , or your general ed. requirements to transfer
  • Earn a quality college education at low community college costs
  • Transfer to CSU, UC, or private colleges to complete your Bachelor degree

RosaRosa Armendariz

Dean of Student Engagement and Equity
Office: 925-969-2233
SVRC 106/PUMA 107


NohaNoha Basilious

Program Coordinator
PUMA 136

Sheila Lau 

PACE Program Coordinator/Counselor

I'm passionate about the PACE Program! Having been a PACE student myself, I understand first hand, the struggles of being a working adult and raising a family all while going to school. I was a transfer student working 3 jobs throughout my undergraduate degree. And then I was a working mother with two boys ages 3 and 5 when I pursued my graduate degree. It was hard, but I did it with the support of a PACE Program, and you will too. I look forward to supporting you through your journey in the PACE Program at DVC.

Success Stories

Tanya Flucher picTanya Flucher

I made up my mind in 2016, that I was going to complete my AA transfer degree. I attempted college several times, and I wasn’t successful. I entered the PACE Program in Summer 2016. I took public speaking and I got an A in the class. After completing the public speaking class, I had the determination and drive to keep moving forward. I just took things one semester at a time. Every semester I received a tremendous amount of support from the PACE Program advisers. I was working full time, going to school, and supporting my daughter through high school. I encountered several obstacles along the way.  I didn’t let that stop me, I persevered. I’m transferring to Cal State East Bay Fall 2020, to obtain my BA in Human Development/ Women’s Studies. I’m living proof that it’s never too late to complete your educational goals.



Success Stories