Career Pathways
Education Pays

Career Pathways Education Pays

The Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative is a comprehensive project designed to improve the earnings and postsecondary education attainment of Arkansas’s low–income Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)-eligible adults. The initiative provides funding for two-year colleges to develop career pathways programs that assist TANF-eligible adults to earn a marketable, educational credential for immediate entry into a high demand occupation.

The initiative emphasizes such program components as job readiness skills, basic academic skills preparation/remediation, and post-secondary credentials tied to high-wage, high-demand occupations. Intensive student services are provided for students in the program. The initiative fosters strong connections among two-year colleges, students, community organizations, state agencies, and employers.

  • Assessment
  • Academic Advising
  • Academic Skills Support
  • Career Exploration
  • Counseling
  • Orientation
  • Social Skills Support
  • Enrollment and Retention Manager
  • Financial Aid
  • Transportation
  • Child Care

To enroll in the Arkansas Career Pathways Program, you must qualify to receive benefits. Basic eligibility requirements include:
  • Custodial or noncustodial parents of a dependent child residing in Arkansas and under the age of 21, and whose income is less than 250% of FPL.  This includes custodial and noncustodial parents, parents who are justice-involved (currently or previously incarcerated), or minor parents who are not head of household.

  • Current (or former) TEA, SNAP, Medicaid or ArKids whose income is less than or equal to 250% of FPL guidelines.                                                             
    FPL Example:
    Family of 3 at 250% of poverty level=$62,150.00
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Contact Info

Kim Rawls | Director of Career Pathways
Toni Carter | DeWitt/Stuttgart Career Pathways Counselor
Shawndus Gregory | Career Pathways Counselor
Helena-West Helena