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Career Pathways Initiative

Program Coordinator
Tara Johnson

The Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative is a new program that enables Arkansas Tech University – Ozark Campus to offer, to those who qualify, help with overcoming the barriers that keep parents from receiving the training and education needed to succeed in today's workforce. Career Pathways provides parents with services and resources needed to capture high wage / high demand careers.

Career Pathways provides a framework for connecting a series of educational programs with integrated work experience and support services. This combination of structured learning creates achievable stepping-stones for career advancement of adult workers and increases the pool of qualified workers needed by Arkansas employers.

Features of the Career Pathways program include:
·An educational pathway that starts with employability skills and adult education.
·"Bridge" programs that prepare educationally disadvantaged students to enter college-level academic courses by teaching developmental or basic skills, saving the student both time and money. Includes specialized assistance to improve skills necessary for competency exams, such as the Nursing Entrance Test.
·Enhanced student services that include career assessment, advising, and tutoring to enhance student success. Also includes job search skills, training, and job placement assistance.
·Credentials for specific occupations that can be built upon as the student advances in his or her career and education.
·Outreach via community-based organizations and other groups to recruit and serve students underrepresented in higher education.
·Internship and student mentoring services for real-world experience as well as increased job placement outcomes.
·Career Pathways may be able to assist eligible parents with fuel, child care, books, tuition, supplies, and testing fees. Assistance is limited by available funds and program guidelines and state priority goals.

Eligibility
You must be a parent with children under age 21 living in your home
You must be receiving Department of Human Services benefits such as Food Stamps, ARKids First, Transitional Employment Assistance (TEA) benefits, OR have an annual income below 250% of the federal poverty level as specified below:

Size of Family Annual Income Limit
2 $36,425
3 $45,775
4 $55,125
5 $64,475
6 $73,825
7 $83,175
8 $92,525
For each additional person, add $9,350

Location:
Student Services and Conference Center
Arkansas Tech University – Ozark Campus, Rooms 110 and 111
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949
479 667-0695