PACES (Preparation for Advanced Career Employment System) works to prepare central Kansas’s manufacturing and aviation workforce by investing in high demand skills and working with local employers to prepare individuals for work in manufacturing, aviation and health care. PACES is funded through a regional funding collaborative of local philanthropy working together to strengthen and expand workforce partnerships in the region. 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 the aviation, health care, and advanced manufacturing industries.

Sector Focus

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Aerospace & Aviation

Industry Partnerships

PACES Aviation Partnership

The PACES Aviation partnership is addressing the growing skills gap faced by employers seeking qualified applicants by utilizing industry-recognized credentials and developing career pathways. PACES is moving low-income, low-skilled workers into high-demand, high-wage careers in aviation and advanced manufacturing and promoting available jobs and career ladders in manufacturing.

PACES Health Care Employer Partnership

PACES seeks to increase the number of individuals entering training for a career in health care by creating and strengthening partnerships within the regional health care community to create a sector strategy for low-income, low-skilled adults to enter a health care career path. The guidance for this strategy comes through roundtable sessions and one-on-one meetings with the employer partners. PACES works to increase awareness among employers of best practices in employment and skills training programs that lead to successful outcomes for both employers and low skilled job seekers. The employer partners are also provided the opportunity to give feedback to the public workforce system and education and training providers to guide the investment of resources and development of policy.

Collaborative Contact

Amanda Duncan Vice President and Chief Development Officer