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  • A career you always wanted

  • You never thought was possible

  • A vocation less ordinary

  • Never thought you could achieve

  • Think how much your children will benefit

  • Doing something you want to do

  • To earn a diploma

  • And feel the pride


Career Development Facilitator

Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) offered the first class for Career Development Facilitator/Campus Career Coaches in 2015. This training is provided by the Carl D. Perkins CTE Program and the Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative. Instruction is provided by Dr. Karon Rosa and Monieca West of ADHE who are nationally trained and qualified instructors.  Instruction also includes a series of guest speakers with in-depth experience in the career development field.  

The training will benefit those who serve as a career group facilitator, job search trainer, career resource center coordinator, career coach, career development case manager, intake interviewer, occupational and labor market information resource person, career development coordinator, employment/placement specialist or workforce development staff person.

The training requirements include 120 hours of coursework (two face to face meetings and six webinars plus associated out of class assignments).  Nineteen participants completed Class I and were awarded certificates as Career Development Facilitators.
Class II will be offered in 2015-2016.

  • CPI included as model in WIOA

    H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) signed by President Obama included Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative as one of the 30 model programs across the nation that is Ready to Work.
  • CPI Identified as one of Ten most Promising Pathways

    US Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Promising Pathways Initiative identified Arkansas Career Pathways as one of the ten existing TANF programs/practices "most promising" nationwide. The Arkansas program was identified by ACF Regional TANF Program Managers to represent Region VI made up of Arkansas , Lousiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The capstone experience for the ten programs was held in Washington, DC with CPI recognized during the Innovation Institute for completing a logic model and Return on Investment during the Promising Pathways evidence-based study.

    Alliance for Quality Career Pathways

    Washington, D.C., JULY 18, 2012-Ten states, in conjunction with CLASP, the Center for Law and Social Policy, are launching the Alliance for Quality Career Pathways, a national effort to create a framework of benchmarks and measures of success for career pathway initiatives.
  • After publication of the framwork of benchmarks and measures of success, CPI was selected to participate in Phase II in 2015.
  • Office of Family Assistance

    Economic Self-Sufficiency Site Visits to Model Employment Programs

    Site Hosts:

    Career Pathways Initiative - ADHE
    Arkansas State University at Newport
    National Park Community College


    CPI Study Video

    College Count$ Video

    Watch video - released April 2013.



  • Ideas for Action 2012 Awardees
    Making Prosperity Possible for All

    The Ideas for Action Award is a competition to develop new thinking to reduce poverty by shining a light on practical policy shifts that help low-income people build their futures.
    More than 46 million people are impoverished today - more than at any other point in over half a century of recordkeeping. The poor and struggling have dropped out of our national conversation, reflecting a broader shift in national political attention toward the middle class.
    Despite facing challenging times, nonprofit organizations and government agencies across the country are working tirelessly to devise inventive strategies to help people get out and stay out of poverty. Nearly 50 applications were submitted to the inaugural year of the Ideas for Action Award. A panel of experts in the field selected four innovative efforts to receive awards that pursue significant approaches to poverty reduction.

    Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative was one of two submissions selected to receive an Achievement Award.
  • Additonally, national publications citing Arkansas' pathways model include:


    Charting a Path: An Exploration of the Statewide Career Pathways Efforts in Arkansas, Kentucky, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin; Seattle Jobs Initiative.
  • A Federal Policy Toolkit for States, CLASP.
  • Thinking Big-Successful Scaled Initiatives; JFF.
  • The Career Pathways How-to Guide, Workforce Strategy Center; New York.oratio of the Statewide CareThinking big-successful Scaled initiativeser Pathways Efforts in Arkansas, Kentusin; Seattle Jobs Initiative.

Poverty Simulations

  • The ADHE/CPI Poverty Simulation is designed to help people better understand the realities of poverty. Participants include staff members of various human service agencies and local civic, community leaders, and students. This program helps people understand the complexities and frustrations of living in poverty day to day.

    Participants role-play the lives of low-income families. They have the stressful task of providing for basic necessities and shelter on a limited budget during the course of four 15-minutes "weeks."

    ADHE/CPI has 2 certified trainers and provides this professional development opportunity for the CPI sites and their partnering agencies.

    Call ADHE / CPI to schedule a Simulation.


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