PLAN FOR ACCELERATED
On the first evening of classes, a list of PACE classroom locations is posted on the east hall door of the Social & Behavioral Sciences offices, directly across from NEA 109. Check the list for the latest room assignments. Also check your student email account regularly. Your instructors may send important information before the first day of class.
How Does PACE Work?
PACE has two 8-week sessions during a 16-week semester. Students can complete two classes each 8 weeks by doing the following:
1. Attend classes one evening per week (Tues. Weds. or Thurs.) The first evening class meets from 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 and the second from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.
2. Attend four Saturday conferences. Conferences have a morning session (8:00 a.m. to noon) and an afternoon session (1:00 to 5:00 p.m.). You attend one or both sessions depending on whether you are taking one or two PACE classes.
3. Complete Internet instruction spread over the 8-week session.
The PACE set-up allows working adults to earn up to 12 units of credit per semester while reducing their time on campus. The classes are rotated on an annual basis to provide students with the opportunity to complete necessary transfer units (60) within a five-semester period. To earn the same number of units per semester in non-PACE classes, a full-time evening student would be required to attend classes three to four evenings each week.
How Do I Enroll in PACE?
Students wishing to enroll in PACE must fill out the online application for admission to Los Angeles Harbor College and make an appointment to take the English and Math Placement Tests. Late enrollees should go to the Admissions Office in person after the first day of the semester to make their application and then make an appointment for the placement tests. The only requirement for PACE involvement is the eligibility to enroll in English 28.
All students should plan on attending the first class meeting. Instructors will provide an orientation to PACE at that time.
The PACE Schedule of Classes
The Harbor College Schedule of Classes lists PACE classes in two places:
1. Individual classes are listed alphabetically according to subject, along with the regular class offerings.
2. All PACE classes for the semester are listed together on two consecutive pages, usually within the first 25 pages of the schedule. You will find the Saturday Conference dates there and additional information about the beginning and end dates of the PACE 8-week sessions.
Important: To avoid a time conflict on Saturdays, you should not enroll in two classes that meet on different evenings during the week but have the same hours.
Courses Typically Offered in PACE
To meet student needs, some PACE course offerings are rotated from semester to semester, and during the academic year, several courses are offered in completely online versions.
Are PACE Classes Full Credit?
PACE classes are structured to be completed within eight weeks and offer the same unit credit as semester-long classes. Commitment and good time management are key to successful course completion.
Can I Enroll in Just One PACE Class?
Enrollment in just one PACE class is permitted, but to get the most out of the accelerated plan, students are encouraged to enroll in two classes per eight-week session. Note: If you are taking the following PACE classes, then you may not enroll in any other in-person PACE class within that eight-week session:
Anthropology 101 & Anthropology 111 (lab) if both are taken together
What are Saturday Conferences?
A Saturday conference for a student taking two PACE courses typically starts with attending class from 8:00 a.m. for four hours, followed by a lunch break and another four hours of class in the afternoon. The same class a student attends in the early evening on a weeknight (5:45-8:00 p.m.) meets during the Saturday morning hours, and the later evening class a student attends on a weeknight (8:00-10:00 p.m.) meets during Saturday afternoon hours. Saturdays offer opportunities for special programs and fieldtrips.
Note: In addition to the regular evening meeting during the week, attendance every Saturday within the eight-week session is required for Anthropology 101 & Anthropology 111 when they are taken together. Biology 3, Biology 5, Economics 001 and Statistics 001 also meet every Saturday in addition to their respective evening meetings during the week. All other PACE classes meet only 4 Saturdays in an 8-week session. Final exams are usually scheduled for the last Saturday meeting.
The Purpose of Offering PACE
PACE is a transfer program! That is, its purpose is to prepare students to transfer to a four-year institution of higher learning. See a counselor early in your academic career to ensure the timely completion of general education and preparation for a major. You will develop an Educational Plan with a counselor during a counseling appointment in order to be on track.