Career Pathways Initiative


Career Pathways is an economic development program funded through a grant, designed to assist low income parents in meeting their educational and career training goals that will ultimately lead to a high demand, high wage career. Career Pathways is designed for students interested in completing training and immediately entering into a career field that will help their family become self-sufficient. Students who have previously complete an associate's or bachelor's degree may not be eligible for direct services.


To be eligible for Career Pathways:

  • Have a child under the age of 21 living in the home
  • Receive current TEA (Transitional Employment Assistance) benefits
  • Declare a major in an identified high wage high demand field
  • Have employment as your immediate goal upon receiving a certificate or degree from Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus.

Eligibility Documents all documents listed below must be submitted with application:

  • Arkansas drivers license
  • Students Social Security card
  • Child(ren)s Social Security card
  • Child(ren)s birth certificates or certificate of live birth
  • Most recent income taxes or IRS form 4506T (available at CPI office)
  • Current DHS statement of benefits
  • Letter of recommendation (from employer, instructor, community leader, pastor, etc...)

To be eligible for Career Pathways, students must complete the entire application accurately, complete an essay regarding your short term and long term education and career goals and submit all eligibility documents listed below. A Career Pathways counselor will call eligible applicants to schedule an interview during open enrollment. Career Pathways funding is limited; the most qualified candidates will be selected for program participation.


Career Pathways may be available to assist eligible students with the following direct and indirect services while working towards a GED, Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate, Certificate of Proficiency, Technical Certificate or Associates Degree:

  • Fuel assistance to and from classes
  • Books
  • Laptop and Internet card-loaner program
  • Course related supplies
  • Student Success Lab available with tutors and learning software
  • Life Skills Workshops to help with budgeting, interview and study skills, etc...
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Job placement after completion of program



Contact Us

 Birchler Nelson

Jessica Birchler
Director, Career Pathways
Coordinator of Advising, Testing and Records

Student Services Conference Center
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949

(479) 508-3347

Sandy Nelson
Academic Advisor

Student Services Conference Center
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949

(479) 508-3345

Julie Schmalz


Julie Schmalz
Career Support Services Facilitator

Student Services Conference Center
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949

(479) 508-3346


Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus
Career Pathways
Student Services Conference Center
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949

Phone: (479) 667-0695
Fax: (479) 667-1422