Career Pathways Program

Have you ever considered going back to school, but you’re afraid of the cost? Are you at a dead end in your career and in need of new skills to find better jobs? If you’d like to go back to school in order to learn a valuable new trade, the Career Pathways Program can help you.

Who’s doing it?

The Career Pathways Program is sponsored by the Office of Workforce Development, a department of the Urban League of Louisiana, which is the local chapter of the nonprofit National Urban League.

What help do they offer?

  • Tuition assistance towards an associate’s degree or vocational certification from Baton Rouge Community College or a local accredited vocational school.
  • Need-based financial assistance with paying utilities, rent, etc., while you go to school.
  • Meetings with a personal case manager to help you determine your career path and monitor your progress during the schooling.
  • In-depth job skills training on subjects like resume writing and job interviews to help you find a job in your new field once you graduate.

What kinds of degrees do they help with?

The program is only available for degrees/certifications in high-demand industries, including:

  • Healthcare
  • Petrochemical
  • Automotive
  • Computer & Information Technology
  • Construction
  • Skilled Trade (welder, pipefitter, etc.)

How do I qualify?

The Baton Rouge office of the Urban League is currently accepting applicants. To register, call (225) 439-0507 or visit them at 445 N. 12th St. in downtown Baton Rouge. You will need to provide the following documentation: a state-issued ID, your Social Security card, your birth certificate, proof of residence, and proof of income. You will also be required to take a TABE assessment. You must also agree to complete 40 hours of skills training at the Urban League office.

Written by Lynnette Lee

Success Story: Suzanne

Meet Suzanne, a former Career Center client who was kind enough to share the story of her successful experience with us.

Suzanne came to the Career Center about a year ago, shortly after leaving her job as an office manager for a local grocery store. Suzanne had been with the same company for many years, working her way up through increasingly higher-level positions, so she had little experience with job searching and felt some anxiety about the process. As she put it, “The thought of updating my resume scared the bejeezus out of me. I’m not good at words. I really didn’t know what to say.”

Suzanne came to the Career Center, and staff worked with her on updating her resume. We began by discussing her situation and helping her choose one of our free downloadable resume templates. We discussed her previous work experience and asked questions to discover her best and most relevant accomplishments. Next, we assisted with finding eloquent ways to describe Suzanne’s work history and skills. Finally, we proofread the document for grammatical and formatting errors. Suzanne reflected positively on the experience, saying, “By the end of the process, I looked good on paper. And the whole thing was not nearly as scary or challenging as I’d thought it would be.”

Suzanne immediately used her new resume to apply for several positions online. Two days later, she was contacted by a recruiter to set up a job interview. It was for a position as a customer service representative with a medical equipment company. Suzanne went in for an interview the next day and was offered the job the following week. Later, Suzanne spoke again with the recruiter, who confided that he had found her resume very impressive.

Suzanne feels extremely happy in her new employment and is grateful to the Career Center for its assistance. In her own words, “I’ve been at this new job for a year now, and I absolutely love it — it’s a great place to work. And I know that if it wasn’t for the Career Center, I would have been lost and confused and would never have gotten a new job so quickly.”

Written by Lynnette Lee.