Career Pathways

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.

Career Pathways is an opportunity for students to gain support services, financial support, and a variety of services to complete their career goals. Each student enters a pathway at the student's point of need and completes a specific educational or employment goal.

The College offers five (5) Pathways:

  1. Information Support Services
  2. Family & Community Services
  3. Teaching & Training
  4. Therapeutic Services
  5. Health Information


To enroll in the Arkansas Career Pathways Program, you must qualify to receive benefits. Basic eligibility requirements include:

  • A student must be a parent with at least one child under the age of 21 living in your home;
  • A student must be receiving Transitional Employment Assistance (TEA) now, or have received TEA in the past;
  • Or a student must be receiving food stamps or Medicaid;
  • Or a student must have an annual, family income below 250% of Federal poverty level, which is about $51,950 annually for a family of three (3).

Career Pathway Services

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

Contact Us

Kim Rawls

Director of Career Pathways
DeWitt Campus

Phone: (870) 946-3506, Ext. 1690

Toni Carter

Career Pathways Counselor
DeWitt Campus

Phone: (870) 946-3506, Ext. 1644

Shawndus Gregory

Career Pathways Counselor
Helena-West Helena Campus

Phone: (870) 338-6474, Ext. 1116