Career Pathways

Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative is a partnership between community colleges, workforce development agencies, employers and social service providers. The Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) provides low-income individuals with the higher education skills and credentials they need to gain immediate entry into targeted occupations--ultimately leading these individuals to economic self-sufficiency.

The Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative was implemented in 2005 by the Arkansas Division of Higher Education (ADHE), and is administered in collaboration with the Arkansas Division of of Workforce Services (DWS) and Arkansas Community Colleges (ACC). Together with the state Workforce Investment Board (WIB), these agencies plan the Career Pathways Initiative. 


Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) serves current and former Transitional Employment Assistance (TEA) recipients, or TANF eligible students, currently or newly enrolled at one of the participating public two-year colleges in Arkansas or in a program administered by participating two-year colleges.

  • You must be a parent or legal caretaker of a child under the age of 21.  This includes custodial and noncustodial parents.
  • Contact your local college CPI office for eligibility and assistance availability.
  • Enrollment is dependent on grant funds available at the campus.

If you do not meet CPI's qualifications but would still like to attend college, please contact your local two-year college's financial aid office to learn about other financial aid programs, scholarships and grants available.