1100 College Drive Mena, AR 71953 479-394-7622 Abernathy Building, Room 319
The mission of the Career Pathways Program at Rich Mountain Community College is to assist eligible adults in meeting education and employment training goals in order to acquire and maintain a self-sustaining job and career pathway. CPI provides intensive student services that can include tutoring, book loans, transportation assistance, childcare assistance, and tuition assistance.
Students accepted for the Pathways Program must meet the following criteria:
Be an Arkansas resident
Have a dependent child and/or children (under 21 years old)
Be a current or former TEA Client OR o Be a food stamp, Medicare or ARKids recipient OR o Have a family income less than 250% of the federal poverty guideline.
Program funding is limited and students are awarded by the institution. Applications may be picked up in the Career Pathways Office located in Room 319 of the Abernathy Building.
The Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) is a comprehensive project designed to improve the earnings and post-secondary 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 pathways programs that assist TANF-eligible adults earn a marketable educational credential for immediate entry into a high demand occupation. The Career Pathways 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.