The Career Pathways Initiative is a program designed to assist students with transportation, childcare, and/or tuition and fees. Students must have custody of a child under the age of 21, be a former/current recipient of TEA cash assistance: or a current recipient of Food Stamps, ARKids or Medicaid: or earnings are at the 250% Federal Poverty Level or less.

Basic Eligibility Requirements:

  • Have custody of a child under the age of 21 AND
  • Currently or formerly on TEA OR
  • Currently on Food Stamps, Medicaid, ARKids OR
  • Household income below 250% the Federal Poverty Level (about $42,000 annually for a family of three)
  • Cannot have a 4-year or 2-year degree

Program Benefits:

  • Transportation Assistance
  • Gas Vouchers
  • Public Transportation - Bus tokens
  • Daycare Assistance
  • Tuition Assistance IF you are no longer eligible for the Pell Grant
  • Textbooks
  • School Supplies Educational Assistance
  • Improve Basic Skills - Reading, Math, Language
  • Computer Literacy/Keyboarding
  • Employability Skills Enhancement

Useful File Downloads:

Contact Information:

Lisa Gober, Program Coordinator 
(870) 543-5969 
lgoberatseark [dot] edu

Alison Hunthrop, Program Counselor 
(870) 850-3061 
ahunthropatseark [dot] edu

Debbie Sheppard, Career Support Services Facilitator 
(870) 543-5977
dsheppardatseark [dot] edu

Tami Watts, Community Outreach Coordinator 
(870) 850-4823
twattsatseark [dot] edu

State Toll Free Number: 1-866-400-PATH 
State Web Site: www.arpathways.com