Eastern Iowa Community Colleges received funds from the Iowa State Legislature for the Pathways to Academic, Career, and Employment (PACE) Program in 2013.
PACE creates a strong pipeline of individuals entering and completing training in high skill/high demand career areas in Advanced Manufacturing, Allied Health, Information Technology and Transportation / Logistics.
To support the process, PACE incorporates the use of sector boards. Sector boards are partnerships of employers within one industry who come together to focus on the workforce needs of the industry within the regional labor market.
- Focus attention on the needs of employers in a specific industry;
- Work with employers, workers, educational institutions and agencies;
- Build in-depth knowledge of the industry and develop solutions to issues;
- Promote community change resulting in positive outcomes for business, industry and
Sector Boards are different from our traditional Advisory Councils that we have had in place for many years and continue to have working with our programs. Advisory Councils work closely with each of our more than 30 career programs, advising them on the types of training students need today in each of those specific career fields.
Sector Boards work on a much broader basis and are focused on long-range planning, taking into account new technology and factors expected to impact the industry. They are focused on the future workforce and work to identify resources and solutions to anticipated staffing and competitiveness needs.
Regional Workforce Boards (RWB) and Sector Boards
RWBs are instrumental in determining the local industries that can benefit from sector-based activity. They also utilize information provided through sector boards to guide program development in order to meet industry needs. RWBs are active supporters of Sector Board initiatives in their local communities, ensuring each community is an active member of the board.