The Program for Afloat College Education, or PACE as it was known then, began in 1974 as classroom instruction in basic college courses, usually taught by a civilian instructor. Through the years, the program, and name, evolved.
Most recently, the program existed in two versions: the NCPACE-IL and NCPACE-DL.
While NCPACE-IL offered free "Instructor Led" college courses in a classroom setting onboard a deployed ship, the NCPACE-DL program offers "Distance Learning" programs to sailors and Marines at Types 2 or 4 sea-duty commands. The courses can be taken while deployed or in homeport.
While the NCPACE-IL program is ending, the NCPACE-DL program remains unchanged.
The NCPACE-IL program relied heavily on electronic methods and computers to achieve its goals, while the number of sailors and Marines enrolled in classroom training saw a steady decline over recent years with no corresponding decline in program costs.
There were also no bidders for the new NCPACE-IL contract when the Navy sought to extend the program.
The service says that funds allocated for the NCPACE-IL program will be reclassified and used for the Tuition Assistance program.
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