PACE - Practical Applications for Careers and Enterprises

PACE is a hands-on, minds-on experience in which teams of students actively apply what they are learning to real organizations and real careers. Through PACE activities, students move beyond case studies and projects to working with real colleagues, real clients, real projects and real challenges - plus the decisions, frustrations and results that come with them. 

PACE - Consulting and Entrepreneurship

PACE I and PACE II teaches students to "to think like an entrepreneur," add value to a client organization, develop an organization and write a business plan. To "think like an entrepreneur"; means to constantly look for new opportunities, identify ways to create value and apply the resources you have to take advantage of opportunities.

  • PACE I: Consulting for Not-for-Profit & Government Organizations
    The project starts on the first day of class when each PACE team transforms their team of students into an organization of consultants who will provide management consulting services for a client not-for-profit or government organization. This service/consulting project provides a valuable opportunity to build real-world experience and contribute to the community through enhancing the operations of client service organization.
  • PACE II: Developing an Entrepreneurial Venture
    During the second semester, each PACE team develops a plan for a significant business opportunity (a "big" idea). The plans are written and presented in a public forum. Students who want to go from "thinking like an entrepreneur" to "being an entrepreneur" can implement their PACE plan or an entirely different plan of their choice in the two semester second-year elective course "New Ventures to Launch."

2014-15 PACE Clients

  • Benedictine Sisters
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Cherokee Nation
  • Cherriotts Public Transit
  • Clean Water Services
  • Department of Human Resources and Oregon Health Authority
  • Homebuilders Association Foundation
  • Impact NW
  • Marion County
  • Oregon State Hospital Museum
  • Social Venture Partners

2013-2014 PACE Clients

  • Abiqua School
  • Kale Uganda
  • Emerald People's Utilities District
  • 4 Him Today
  • The Imani Project
  • Marion County
  • Mercy Corps Northwest
  • Lord and Schryver Conservancy
  • Oregon Symphony
  • The Pringle Creek Sustainable Living
  • Salem Harvest
  • Zena Farm

2012-2013 PACE Clients

  • City of Salem Economic Development
  • Friends of the Children
  • Institute for Modern Government
  • Mercy Corps
  • Zambia Education Fund
  • The Imani Project
  • Kale Uganda
  • Mid-Valley Women’s Crisis Service
  • Cross Shadow Institute of Arts
  • Mercy Corps Northwest
  • Bonneville Power Administration
  • OMG