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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 his/her point of need and completes a specific educational or employment goal.

We have five (5) Pathways:

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


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

  • You must be a parent, with children under the age of 21 living in your home
  • You must be receiving Transitional Employment Assistance (TEA) now, or have received TEA in the past
  • Or you must be receiving food stamps or Medicaid
  • Or you must have annual family income below 250% of Federal poverty level (about $51,950 annually for a family of three)


Career Pathways services includes:

  • 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

Gracie Jemerson

DeWitt/Stuttgart Campuses

Phone: (870) 673-4201, Ext. 1886

Shawndus Gregory

Career Pathways Counselor
Helena-West Helena Campus

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