The Career Pathways Program at Pulaski Technical College is a statewide initiative designed to provide support services and direct financial assistance to parents who want to increase their education to enter high-demand/high wage careers. The program is a collaboration of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges, Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, Arkansas Department of Workforce Education and Career Opportunities and Southern Good Faith Fund.
Arkansas Act 514 mandates that Career Pathways, via institutions of higher education, “offer programs targeted to the specific workforce needs of their area within the state and…provide services aimed at improving employment prospects for low-income adults.”
Pulaski Technical College is funded to serve 426 participants for the 2010-2011 school year. 157 slots are reserved for current TEA and/or WorkPays participants as outlined in our annual grant award. Remaining slots are prioritized by applicants enrolled in high-demand/high-wage programs of study with any unfilled slots assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.
What Benefits are available?
Career Pathways participants will have access to:
- An assigned counselor to provide case management services while enrolled in the program
- Academic and career advising to assist with career and educational decisions
- Assistance finding transitional jobs while in school and careers upon graduation
- Access to a computer lab for doing homework, improving computer skills and job-training activities
- A wide variety of job readiness training and services
In addition, some parents may qualify for assistance with childcare and transportation if they work in addition to attending school. Assistance with tuition, books and other direct educational expenses are available on a case by case determination based on the availability of funds and the amount of financial aid already awarded.
No person is excluded from participation or denied benefits or programs and opportunities on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, handicap, religion, ancestry or national origin.
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