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Published on Mar 26, 2013
This podcast is provided by the Welfare Peer Technical Assistance Network (https://peerta.acf.hhs.gov/), a technical assistance initiative sponsored by the Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It features Dr. Karon Rosa from the Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative and Mr. Elroy Willoughby from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services. The Initiative (http://www.arpathways.com/home.html) is administered by a grant given to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services. The Initiative arose from the need for better access for low-income citizens to postsecondary education; it provides subgrants to 25 two-year colleges in Arkansas and addresses potential barriers for nontraditional students, including tuition, child care, and transportation. During its 7 years, the Initiative has served more than 22,000 students and has issued more than 20,000 credentials, certificates, and degrees. Based on a gap analysis of in-demand career fields in Arkansas, more than half the students are enrolled in allied health, and the other half is split between business administration and a technical career.