Career Pathway Programs

The Pathway Program provides participants with the skills and knowledge needed for high demand jobs in key industries. Courses provide a foundation in professional skills along with mastery in a core discipline including accounting and bookeeping, legal office assistance, and medical office technology. Additionally, graduates of a Career Pathways Program have the opportunity to apply their certificate for credit towards a degree bearing program at University College at Roger Williams University.

Course Overview

Skill Development

The Pathways Program supports development of the following professional skills:

  • Academic preparation
  • Career readiness skill development 
  • Self and career exploration

Knowledge Building

Pathways students also develop mastery in one of these disciplines (full descriptions are below):

  • Business Office Technology
  • Legal Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Office Assistant

Target Audience:

Pathways programs are open to anyone but can be particularly beneficial for the following individuals:

  • Those looking to build skills to start their career.
  • Those currently unemployed and wanting to get back in to the job market.
  • Those who are underemployed or want to change careers.

Course Details

Format

FALL 2020 Courses are 100% online with virtual class meetings. Teachers and learners will participate in live online classes, communicate with each other, hold discussions and watch videos or presentations. 

Program hours: 

20 hours a week for 8 weeks

Classes meet:

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays - 9 am to 3 pm.
  • Wednesdays - Independent work day; no classes.
  • Medical Office Specialist students also meet Monday's 9-12

Course Dates for 2020 - 2021

October 19, 2020 – December 18, 2020

January 11, 2021 – March 12, 2021

March 29, 2021 – May 28, 2021

June 14, 2021 – August 6, 2021


Cost

$3,000 per student. All textbooks and supplies are included in the cost of tuition.

Program requirements

To participate in the pathways program you must:

  • Be 18 years of age 
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED 
  • Complete a BCI (criminal background check)

These certificate programs will be conducted as a virtual classroom until further notice. The teaching and learning environment will mimic the qualities of face-to-face instruction.

Get started on pursuing your career today.


Next Steps

  • Contact  Allegra Brosco at 401-254-4839 or abrosco@rwu.edu, to determine if you qualify for the program.
  • Financial assistance may be available.  Please call for information.

Program Descriptions

This certificate program is designed to give students mastery as a bookkeeping and accounting support professional and designed to lead to immediate employment. Completers of this certificate program are a highly motivated workforce eager to demonstrate their newly acquired knowledge and skills.
 
Upon completion of the certificate program students will possess the following learner outcomes:

  • Operate computers programmed with QuickBooks software. 
  • Classify, record, and summarize numerical and financial data to compile and keep financial records, using journals and ledgers or computers. 
  • Record debit, credit, and total accounts on computer spreadsheets and databases, using specialized accounting software.
  • Prepare and process payroll information. 
  • Reconcile records of bank transactions. 
  • Prepare bank deposits by compiling data from cashiers, verifying and balancing receipts, and sending cash, checks, or other forms of payment to banks. 
  • Receive, record, and bank cash, checks, and vouchers. 
  • Compare computer printouts to manually maintained journals to determine if they match. 
  • Match order forms with invoices, and record the necessary information. 
  • Transfer details from separate journals to general ledgers or data processing sheets.  Prepare trial balances of books. 
  • Compile statistical, financial, accounting, or auditing reports and tables pertaining to such matters as cash receipts, expenditures, accounts payable and receivable, and profits and losses. 
  • Identify features and timeline of a job search plan. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to use search and filter functions in job search sites. 
  • Identify steps to prepare for a career or job fair (posting resume, preparing introduction, reading schedule/calendar).  
  • Identify elements of a resume and best practices for writing one (including employment history, hard and soft skills, accomplishments, job search goals, gaps in employment, etc.) 
  • Identify key steps in preparing for an interview including identifying common interview questions; distinguish between strong and weak answers to interview questions; how to practice for an interview, giving answers for gaps in employment or previous incarceration. 
  • Identify best practices to be successful on the job (including meeting employer expectations, making arrangements so that responsibilities and problems outside of work do not interfere with the job, learning new skills, dressing professionally, showing appreciation, and accepting constructive criticism). 

This certificate program is designed to give students mastery as a legal support professional and designed to lead to immediate employment. Completers of this certificate program are a highly motivated workforce eager to demonstrate their newly acquired knowledge and skills.

Upon completion of the certificate program students will possess the following learner outcomes:

  • Prepare affidavits or other documents, such as legal correspondence, and organize and maintain documents in paper or electronic filing system.
  • Prepare legal documents, including briefs, pleadings, appeals, wills, contracts, and real estate closing statements.
  • Prepare for trial by performing tasks such as organizing exhibits.
  • Investigate facts and law of cases and search pertinent sources, such as public records and internet sources, to determine causes of action and to prepare cases.
  • File pleadings with court clerk.
  • Gather and analyze research data, such as statutes, decisions, and legal articles, codes, and documents.
  • Direct and coordinate law office activity, including delivery of subpoenas.
  • Call upon witnesses to testify at hearing.
  • Identify features and timeline of a job search plan.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use search and filter functions in job search sites.
  • Identify steps to prepare for a career or job fair (posting resume, preparing introduction, reading schedule/calendar). 
  • Identify elements of a resume and best practices for writing one (including employment history, hard and soft skills, accomplishments, job search goals, gaps in employment, etc.)
  • Identify key steps in preparing for an interview including identifying common interview questions; distinguish between strong and weak answers to interview questions; how to practice for an interview, giving answers for gaps in employment or previous incarceration.
  • Identify best practices to be successful on the job (including meeting employer expectations, making arrangements so that responsibilities and problems outside of work do not interfere with the job, learning new skills, dressing professionally, showing appreciation, and accepting constructive criticism). 

Note: The Legal Assistant program is not approved by the American Bar Association and is not intended to prepare students to work as Paralegals.

 

This certificate program is designed to give students mastery as a medical office support professional and designed to lead to immediate employment. Completers of this certificate program are a highly motivated workforce eager to demonstrate their newly acquired knowledge and skills.

Upon completion of the certificate program students will possess the following learner outcomes:

  • Answer telephones and direct calls to appropriate staff.
  • Schedule and confirm patient diagnostic appointments, surgeries, or medical consultations.
  • Operate office equipment, such as voice mail messaging systems, and use word processing, spreadsheet, or other software applications to prepare reports, invoices, financial statements, letters, case histories, or medical records.
  • Maintain medical records, technical library, or correspondence files.
  • Greet visitors, ascertain purpose of visit, and direct them to appropriate staff.
  • Compile and record medical charts, reports, or correspondence, using typewriter or personal computer.
  • Receive and route messages or documents, such as laboratory results, to appropriate staff.
  • Transmit correspondence or medical records by mail, e-mail, or fax.
  • Perform various clerical or administrative functions, such as ordering and maintaining an inventory of supplies.
  • Interview patients to complete documents, case histories, or forms, such as intake or insurance forms.
  • Schedule tests or procedures for patients, such as lab work or x-rays, based on physician orders.
  • Transcribe recorded messages or practitioners' diagnoses or recommendations into patients' medical records.
  • Arrange hospital admissions for patients.
  • Identify features and timeline of a job search plan.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use search and filter functions in job search sites.
  • Identify steps to prepare for a career or job fair (posting resume, preparing introduction, reading schedule/calendar). 
  • Identify elements of a resume and best practices for writing one (including employment history, hard and soft skills, accomplishments, job search goals, gaps in employment, etc.)
  • Identify key steps in preparing for an interview including identifying common interview questions; distinguish between strong and weak answers to interview questions; how to practice for an interview, giving answers for gaps in employment or previous incarceration.
  • Identify best practices to be successful on the job (including meeting employer expectations, making arrangements so that responsibilities and problems outside of work do not interfere with the job, learning new skills, dressing professionally, showing appreciation, and accepting constructive criticism).