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Title: ARKANSAS CAREER PATHWAYS INITIATIVE


1
ARKANSAS CAREER PATHWAYS INITIATIVE
  • Arkansas Department of Higher Education, Arkansas
    Department of Workforce Education, Arkansas
    Association of Two-Year Colleges, Good Faith Fund
    and Arkansas Department of Human Services

2
Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative
  • On January 6, 2005, the Transitional Employment
    Board approved 8 million each year for the next
    two years in TANF federal funds for the project.
  • This initiative is designed to improve the
    earnings and postsecondary education attainment
    of Arkansas low-income, TANF-eligible adults.

3
OVERVIEW
  • The Career Pathways Program will help
    TANF-eligible adults earn marketable educational
    credentials for immediate entry in high demand
    occupations and/or further advanced education.
  • Emphasis will be on job readiness education,
    basic skills, remediation, advanced training in
    high wage, high demand occupations and strong
    connections among two-year colleges, students and
    employers.

4
What are Career Pathways?
  • A career pathway is a series of connected or
    sequential education courses with an internship
    or on-the-job work experience as well as enhanced
    student and academic support services.
  • A pathway starts with employability skills and
    adult education, then progresses from there to a
    certificate of proficiency, to a technical
    certificate, to an associate degree, and finally
    to a baccalaureate degree.

5
Features of a Career Pathway
  • Bridge programs that prepare educationally
    disadvantaged students to enter credit-based
    academic courses.
  • Sequential curriculum where certificate and
    degree coursework is grouped into smaller sets of
    courses that can be taken in one to two
    semesters.
  • Roadmaps that graphically outline the ladder
    for an occupation or career and identify the
    courses and curriculum sequence needed for
    career advancement

6
Features Continued
  • Enhanced wrap-around student services that
    include career assessment, advising, and tutoring
    to enhance student success as well as job search
    skills, training and job placement assistance.
  • Credentials for specific occupations that inform
    employers of a students skills and provide for
    easy articulation of credits across programs and
    educational institutions.
  • Conveniently scheduled and sequenced classes to
    meet the needs of working adults.

7
Additional Features
  • Outreach via community-based organizations and
    other groups to recruit and serve students
    underrepresented in higher education
  • Internship and student mentoring/shadowing
    services for real-work experience as well as
    increased job placement outcomes.

8
The Target Population
  • Adults with children under the age of nineteen
    (19) who are
  • A current recipient of TEA cash assistance or
  • A former recipient of TEA cash assistance or
  • A current recipient of Food Stamps or Medicaid
    or
  • Earnings are at the 200 of the FPL or less

9
Program Objectives
  • Improved work participation rates
  • Enhanced basic skills
  • Increased attainment of college-level
    certificates and associate degrees
  • Improved job retention, advancement and wage
    progression
  • Reduced welfare recidivism
  • Increased self-sufficiency

10
PCCUA Career Pathways Enrollment Goals
  • Adult Basic Education 60
  • GED 20
  • Academic/Workplace Training 30
  • Credit Level Courses 80
  • Total 190

11
Support Services Available
  • Tuition and fees for mainstreamed students not
    covered by other sources.
  • Tutoring
  • Child Care
  • Transportation
  • Student Emergency Fund
  • Counseling

12
PCCUA Career Pathways Staff
  • Project Director
  • Academic/Workplace Training Coordinator/Instructor
  • Paraprofessional/Lab Assistant
  • SGFF Contractual Services
  • Counselor
  • Recruiter/Placement Coordinator

13
Proposed PCCUA Programs for Career Pathways
  • Allied Health
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Behavioral Health Technology
  • Welding
  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Manufacturing
  • Computer Science
  • Business
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