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PACE Academy is a Pre-Employment Transition Services program for students attending contracted high schools. Topics covered include Workplace Readiness and Self-Advocacy Training, Work-Based Learning, and Individual Work-Based Learning Experiences. PACE Academy occurs during the academic school year in both virtual and face-to-face settings. 

To attend, students must be between the ages of 14-21 with an IEP or 16-21 with a 504 plan. School participation must be set up through a DVR Regional Transition Consultant.

For the 2020-2021 school year, PACE is offering virtual Workshop Wednesdays to all eligible students on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Topics will include Workplace Readiness Training, Self-Advocacy Training, and Individual Work-Based Learning Experiences.

To participate, contact our Pre-ETS Manager and complete and submit these forms:

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PACE Summer Academy is an eight-week employment immersion program that includes two weeks of workplace readiness training followed by a four- to six-week paid internship. Student internships are set up based on the student’s future career interests.

The summer program is for high school students ages 16-21 with an IEP or 504 plan. Students must still be enrolled in high school to participate (they may not have graduated prior to the beginning of Summer Academy). 

The application window for the PACE Summer Academy is from February to April.

Applications are closed now until 2022.

Early Session Workplace Readiness Training: June 28th-July 9th

  • Internships (approximate): July 12th-August 5th

Late Session Workplace Readiness Training: July 26th-August 5th

  • Internships (approximate): August 9th-September 3rd


Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Transforming Lives, Division of Vocational RehabilitationThese services are made possible by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

DVR services provided by State and Federal Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Funds. The VR program typically receives 78% in Federal funds and 22% in State funds. For detailed information on the dollar amount of Federal funds for the program, please visit DVR online.