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PACE (Preparing for Access to Careers and Education)

This certificate program supports students to achieve their own educational, vocational, and personal development goals. The educational focus is on developing student success skills and, if appropriate, choosing a modified and supported specialty within the SAME Program (Supported Access to Modified Education). The vocational focus is on career awareness and the development of appropriate workplace attitudes, values, and behaviours. All students benefit in a personal development sense through participation in course work which develops communication, assertiveness, stress management, and conflict resolution skills. Students will also participate in career exploration and work experience in the community. The program is offered in one or two years.

Successful completion of this program will prepare students for:

  • The SAME program, and inclusive, modified form of a regular Okanagan College program, or

  • Competitive entry-level employment, or

  • Supported employment

Admission Requirements:

Age Requirement: Applicants must be at least 19 years of age, or be at least 18 years of age and have been out of the secondary school system for at least 12 months, or have a school leaving certificate. Any applicant not meeting these requirements must be recommended for admission by a secondary school principal or counsellor and be interviewed by the ASE instructor at the campus which the applicant wishes to attend. The recommendation and interview information will be referred to the ASE underage committee. The applicant will be admitted only if recommended by the committee and space is available. In cases of underage admission, continued registration and attendance is dependent on the student's achievement of specific educational and behavioural standards outlined in an individual performance contract. All students must participate in an intake interview with the instructor. The instructor will determine eligibility based on the following criteria.

Students must:

  • Have the ability to learn and participate in a group setting

  • Be emotionally stable - have no behavioural or emotional problems that would significantly interfere with the learning or safety of self or others.

  • Have an identified cognitive disability. Students wishing to progress into the SAME Program must have specific documentation of disability which indicates that the student cannot meet the entry criteria for a regular Okanagan College program and/or cannot be successful in an unmodified form of a regular program, even with support.

  • Have the ability to make routine decisions independently

  • Have basic literacy skills (Grade four reading and/or listening comprehension)

  • Have the ability to use public transportation or have alternate transportation

  • Have the desire to explore vocational options

  • Be motivated to participate in this program

Evidence of the above requirements must include at least two of the following (students must provide documentation at their own effort and expense):

  • Psycho-educational assessment

  • Participation in special or supported programs in a public institution or school

  • Documentation from a physician or medical specialist

  • Referral from Community Living B.C. (CLBC)

  • Recommendation from an instructor from AACP, another college or high school

  • Referral from a community agency.

In addition, PACE applicants must have one letter of reference commenting on the student's suitability for the PACE Program from a work-related source such as an employment counsellor, a work experience coordinator or teacher, or an employer.

Special Circumstances: Students who lack appropriate documentation may be admitted conditionally at the discretion of the department chair upon consultation with the instructor. In cases of conditional admission, continued registration and attendance is dependent on the student's achievement of specific educational and behavioural standards outlined in an individual performance contract.

A student who is non-verbal or multi-disabled and requires special accommodations can only be accepted into the program when those specific accommodation needs have been addressed and met. The student may be required to attend with a qualified support person who will be required to participate in a learning contract.

Program Outline

Participation Standard - overall average of 50%.

Minimum 50% per course with an overall average of a minimum of 70%.

Successful students at each level are eligible for graduation and will receive the PACE certificate with recognition of Participation, PACE, or SAME standard. Students, who wish to ladder into the SAME program, must meet the standard of the SAME program to be eligible for appropriate inclusive programs. With permission of the department, students may repeat a semester to meet standards.

Semester I
LSPM 001 Strategies for Success A
LSPM 031 PACE Applied Skills I
LSPM 005 Career Exploration
Semester II
LSPM 003 Workplace Interpersonal Skills A
LSPM 007 Working World A
LSPM 032 PACE Applied Skills 2
Semester III
LSPM 004 Workplace Interpersonal Skills B
LSPM 008 Working World B
LSPM 033 PACE Applied Skills 3
Semester IV
LSPM 006 Job Search Skills
LSPM 002 Strategies for Success B
LSPM 034 Pace Applied Skills 4

Program Area:

Adult Special Education

Campus (Intake):

  • Vernon (Feb, Sep)
  • Penticton (Feb, Sep)
  • Salmon Arm (Feb, Sep)
  • Kelowna (Feb, Sep)




  • Part-Time
  • Full-Time


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Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 01/19/2022