The Arkansas Career Pathways Initiatives

The Career Pathways Initiative (CPI), administered by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education at 25 two-year colleges across the state, has provided case management support, education, and training to more than 30,000 low-income Arkansas parents since 2006, helping them acquire degrees and certificates that prepare them to obtain and hold jobs in selected high-demand and higher-wage industries. Funds for the program come from federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) appropriations administered through the state Department of Workforce Services.


Arkansas’ innovative program is made possible by funding from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (DWS). Since 2005, DWS has been using a new approach to transform the lives of its low-income citizens – utilizing Temporary Assistance to Needy Family (TANF) money to fund the Career Pathways Initiative and provide Arkansans with needed job credentials, and a career path. 

The Arkansas Career Pathways program is administered by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) and the state’s 22 community colleges plus three university technical centers. Together, they help fill in-demand jobs and boost local economies. 


CPI operates at 25 sites across the state of Arkansas, including 22 community colleges, and three technical centers operated by state universities.

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For more information on Arkansas' community and technical colleges, please visit