What We Do
Founded by Pima County Interfaith Council in 1998 and incorporated in 2004 as a public, not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation, JobPath is a workforce development program that provides emotional and financial support for unemployed and underemployed residents of Tucson and Pima County as they pursue degrees or certifications in high demand fields that lead to high-wage careers, such as health care, aviation technology, the trades and engineering.
JobPath has made a significant impact in Pima County, with over 1,500 graduates in its history! Additionally, according to a recent long-term study of 2011-2015 JobPath graduates, almost 80% have remained in Pima County. JobPath has demonstrated that social and economic benefits can be achieved through long-term training for those who otherwise would not have the opportunity. For graduates, income levels rise, self-confidence increases, and children have positive role models for advanced education. For the community, public assistance costs decrease, employers’ workforce needs are met, and the entire economy is strengthened.
Based on a proven, innovative model, JobPath 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’s career counselors offer a range of support services including mentoring, career counseling, wrap-around case management, peer support facilitation, and financial assistance on a case-by-case basis so participants can focus on their education.
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 that demand skilled workers – while sponsoring individuals on educational paths to meet those demands.