The Program for Acceleration in Computer Science Careers (PAC) was founded by the Asbury Park-Neptune chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity in partnership with Monmouth University in 1985. Since it inception, the program has been held at Monmouth University, whose School of Science, Technology and Engineering (formerly the School of Information Sciences and Technology) hosts the program.
PAC serves as a complement to the formal education of minority students by making available the experiences and talents of many minority technical and professionals in science, engineering and technology. The program annually provides computer, math, heritage and special subject classes to minority students from the Monmouth and Ocean County areas. To date, the program has served over 1150 children over 16 years.
The primary objectives of the PAC program include:
- To help prepare minority students academically for careers in computer science
- To demonstrate the increasing relevance of computer science to our society
- To increase student awareness of computer science job opportunities and career paths
- To provide ample minority role models
- To provide positive attitudes toward work