Career Pathways


Career Pathways Eligibility

In order to enroll in the Career Pathways Program, you must qualify to receive benefits. Basic eligibility requirements include:

You must be a parent with children under the age of 21 living in your home---AND

  • are receiving Transitional Employment Assistance (TEA) now--OR
  • receiving Medicaid, Food Stamps, or TEA cash assistance;
  • Must have annual income below 250% of federal poverty level (about $42,925 annually for a family of three)

Application for Career Pathways are accepted at all times. Application packets are available in the Career Pathways office in the Career Services building. Students who apply will be notified of their acceptance into the program by the end of each week.

All applicants must have a goal of employment in accordance with Arkansas Act 514. College of the Ouachitas is funded to serve a certain amount of students with priority going to current Tea or Workpays participants. Due to high volume of applications received, priority is given to current Tea/WorkPays participants and students enrolled in high-wage/high demand areas of study. This allow us to be compliant with Arkansas 514 and regulations established in our Annual Plan, MOU, and TANF Contractor Packet issued by ADHE/DWS.

Let Us Assist You!

College of the Ouachitas Career Pathways Initiative is a program that enables COTO to offer those who qualify career training and college classes. The program may also be able to help you overcome barriers that have kept you from getting the training and education you need. Career Pathways may be able to assist you with the following:

  • Childcare
  • Gasoline Vouchers
  • Job Search
  • Career Counseling
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Textbook Assistance
  • Employment Assistance while in school and careers upon graduation
  • Laptop Loan Assistance
  • Course Related Supplies

Call or email one of our staff for further information.


Employability Certificate


Career Pathways Handbook




Job Search


Career Pathways Chronicles

Read the latest edition of the Career Pathways Newsletter "Career Pathways Chronicle".


Career Pathways Directory