Earn Credit As You Master Skills


Lewis and Clark now offers competency-based education (CBE) degree pathways through our Performance Assessed Competency Education (PACE) program. The program awards college credits for mastery of skills rather than time in the classroom.

Currently offered alongside a traditional credit-hour pathway in our Welding Technology program and through other classes listed below, PACE offers additional flexibility for students, allowing them to work on their own time and at their own pace to comprehend the course material and practice their skills. Instructors often facilitate and guide learners through the material, as well as evaluate their progress.

Rather than completing a course in 8 or 16 weeks, you complete a course when you've demonstrated a mastery of a clearly defined set of competencies (skills) associated with that course.

Often, our PACE students can move through their program at a quicker pace, especially if they already have some knowledge or familiarity with the subject. Competency-based programs can recognize prior learning regardless of where, when, or how that learning took place.

Classes enroll every four weeks.

Courses with a PACE option

Course Course Title Instructor
ENGL-131-80CBE First-Year English I J. Fuhler
CRMJ-131-CBE1 American Criminal Justice J. Noble
MATH-122-CBE1 Technology-Integrated Math N. Munden
MATH-129-CBE1 Business Mathematics B. Huff
SPCH-131-80CBE Public Speaking E. Grant
WELD-131-CBE1 Intro Welding Industry To be Announced
WELD-132-CBE1 Metallurgy To be Announced
WELD-190-CBE1 Oxyfuel Welding & Cutting To be Announced
WELD-192-CBE1 Welding Blueprint Reading J. Wuest
WELD-194-CBE1 Shielded Metal Arc Welding I J. Zumwalt
WELD-195-CBE1 Shielded Metal Arc Welding II R. Lee, K. Lanigan
WELD-196-CBE1 Shielded Metal Arc Welding III R. Lee, K. Lanigan
WELD-230-CBE1 Intro Gas Metal & Flux Cored J. Weber
WELD-231-CBE1 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding J. Zumwalt
WELD-233-CBE1 Fabrication and Layout J. Zumwalt
WELD-235-CBE1 Advanced Flux Cored Welding J. Zumwalt
WELD-237-CBE1 Intro to Non-Ferrous Welding J. Weber
WELD-239-CBE1 Pipe Welding J. Weber
WELD-241-CBE1 Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Weld J. Zumwalt
WELD-242-CBE1 Advanced Gas Metal Arc Welding R. Lee, K. Lanigan
WELD-243-CBE1 Advanced Pipe Welding J. Weber
WELD-247-CBE1 Advanced Non-Ferrous Welding J. Weber
WELD-251-CBE1 Inspection & Testing of Welds T. Jumper
WELD-252-CBE1 Prep Certification Welding Ins T. Jumper


Lewis and Clark is working on additional PACE pathways in other programs, including Information Technology, Childhood Development and many others. To learn more, contact us at (618) 468-4931.