career pathways

Career Pathways Initiative

The Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative is a 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:

  • Enhanced student services such as intensive advising, tutoring, life skills workshops, career assessment, job search skills, and job placement assistance.
  • Outreach via community-based organizations.
  • Assistance with fuel, books, tuition, supplies, and testing fees (Assistance is limited by available funds, program guidelines, and state priority goals.)
  • Educational tools such as: computer lab and learning software, and laptop loaner programs.

To be eligible for Career Pathways you must:

  • Be the parent of a child under age 21 living in your home and fall within the income guidelines below:


Persons in family/household Poverty Guideline  
For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,160 for each additional person 250% of Poverty Level
1 $11,770 $29,425
2   15,930   39,825
3   20,090   50,225
4   24,250   60,625
5   28,410   71,025
6   32,570   81,425
7   36,730   91,825
8   40,890 102,225



Student Services and Conference Center
Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus, Rooms 110, 111, and 112
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949
479 667-0695

Program Director

Jessica Birchler
Student Services
and Conference Center
(479) 508-3347