What We Do
“JobPath lifts individuals and families out of poverty and into living wage careers through education and job training”
JobPath recruits and sponsors adults in education and training programs which allow them to significantly increase their income and help address the skilled workforce shortages in Tucson / Pima County, Arizona. The majority of JobPath participants attend Pima Community College (PCC) in an Associate’s Degree or College level Certification for Direct Employment programs. Participants in the trades are enrolled in state-recognized apprenticeship programs.
JobPath is based on a proven, innovative model that provides financial and emotional support for adults to succeed in higher education and reach self-sufficiency. JobPath’s provides a wide range of support services to assist participants in balancing work, family obligations and education – including the development of team building and critical thinking skills. JobPath counselors mentor participants during their training and offer a range of support services including career counseling, case management, peer support facilitation, and financial assistance on a case-by-case basis so they can focus on their education. Financial assistance may be provided, as determined by a Career Counselor, for tuition, fees, books, transportation, childcare or emergency assistance.
JobPath’s multi-level financial and counseling support systems often make the difference between staying in school and dropping out. With commitment to excellence and a clear vision for delivering outstanding results, JobPath has an average academic retention and graduation rate of ninety percent.
JobPath was created in 1998 by the Pima County Interfaith Council (PCIC), a local affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation, and by local business leaders who found that while businesses in Tucson/Pima County were struggling to find skilled employees to meet their workforce needs, many adults were working two minimum wage jobs to support their families. Community leaders advocated for JobPath funding to help meet the urgent community need for skilled workers through education and job training programs.
Today JobPath continues to work with community employers to identify current and projected career areas demanding skilled workers – while sponsoring individuals on educational paths to meet those demands. Funding is provided by the City of Tucson and Pima County, with specific program funding provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.