Are you looking for a career instead of a job? South Arkansas Community College (SouthArk) offers a wide variety of career programs, some of which can be completed in less than a year. You can start preparing for a higher paying career today.

The Career Pathways Initiative is a resource that enables SouthArk to offer those who qualify free career training and college classes. In addition, the Pathways Initiative may be able to help students overcome the barriers that have kept them from getting the education and training needed. Assistance with child care, transportation, tuition, books, and fees may be available to those students who qualify. Basic eligibility requirements include:

  • You must be a resident of Arkansas AND

  • You must be a parent, with children under age 21 living in your home, AND

  • You must have annual family income below 250% of federal poverty level (about $61,500 annually for a family of four)

Assistance with child care and transportation expenses is contingent upon the student meeting a minimal work requirement. CPI staff will also assist students in applying for other sources of supportive services as needed.

Key features of CPI include individual assessments, career and academic counseling, personal counseling, college survival skills information, academic monitoring and support (tutoring, labs), and job placement assistance.

The focus is on helping adults attain degrees, certificates and credentials that lead to in-demand occupations, increased wage gain, and lifelong learning. Some examples of occupations or industries available:

  • Welding

  • Industrial Technology - Mechatronics

  • LPN/RN


  • Automotive Service Technology

  • Early Childhood Education

  • Computer Information Technology

The Career Pathways Initiative is an important component of Arkansas’ overall education, workforce development and economic development strategies. By helping to prepare students to enter high demand occupations, everyone wins. The student is better able to support his/her family, local employers have a readily available skilled workforce and the economy grows.

Interested in signing up, but don’t know where to begin? CPI staff is available to help you make application, choose classes and get started on your pathway to a brighter future. For more information on CPI or to make application, please contact Kathy Reaves.

Career Pathways is constantly looking for ways to help students - not only when you graduate from college and are searching for a job, but also while you are in college. We feel that we have found a valuable resource in Student Lingo - "a series of interactive, on-demand workshops focused on helping students meet their academic, personal and career goals." Please click below to begin viewing the workshops: