Career Pathways Program

RWU UC now offers Career Pathway Programs to help you begin on a path toward a career. Contact Kristin Zimmerman at 401-254-3555 or kzimmerman@rwu.edu, to find out if you qualify for the program.

What are Career Pathway Programs?

Our Career Pathway Programs help prepare you for a career while you earn your GED. You no longer have to wait to finish your GED or other high school credentials before enrolling at RWU! Each of our programs are 16-18-weeks, in-person programs, and include self and career exploration, career readiness skill development, academic preparation, Microsoft Office Specialist training and certification, education in your chosen career pathway, project-based learning and engagement with employers. Our programs are offered right here at our downtown Providence campus, 30 hours per week. The flexible schedule allows students to continue or get on a path toward completing their GED.

These programs include

  • Hands-on training for an entry-level career in
    • Business Office Technology 
    • Legal Assistant 
  • Project-based learning and engagement with employers 
  • Self and career exploration
  • Career readiness skill development
  • Academic preparation
  • 30 hours per week, 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Help connecting with employers in this growing industry

Programs are offered:

  • Conveniently at our downtown Providence campus
  • Parking is validated for students 
  • The flexible schedule allows students to work part-time while pursuing your education 
  • Students who DO NOT have a GED or High School Diploma and who are eligible for full pell grant PAY NOTHING OUT OF POCKET.
  • Contact us to schedule a time to go over the registration and the financial aid process.
  • Internships may be available upon completion of the program.

Get started on pursuing your career today.


Next Steps

  • ContactKristin Zimmerman at 401-254-3555 or kzimmerman@rwu.edu, to find out if you qualify for the program.
  • Fill out your FASFA and Application.

Apply Here


Program Descriptions

Business Office Technology

The Business Office Technology course will cover a variety of office skills, software, and technology that will help prepare students for a career in an administrative role. Students will receive computer skill training and Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Access, and Excel) instruction. Classes will be face-to-face and embedded in the instruction will be mini-lessons created to meet the individual need of skill level. In addition to classroom time, this course will include practice files, customized video tutorials, step-by-step instructions, and Microsoft’s official E-book. Students will be prepared to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification in Word and Excel. At the end of the program, students will take the Microsoft Word exam, which is included in the cost of the course.

This 18 week program also offers an introduction to Quick Books, basic computer troubleshooting, scanner, copier, fax and other office technology. This program is a great opportunity to equip you for a career as an administrative professional across many industries and it can help advance an existing career.

Legal Assistant

This Legal Assistant training program is designed to help you acquire the knowledge, skills and work habits employers seek when hiring legal secretaries and/or legal assistants. The program examines the foundation, organization, and structure of the American legal system with an emphasis on the careers available in the legal profession through an exploration of the roles and responsibilities in the legal field. Students will learn the professional and ethical practices needed to succeed as a legal support professional. This 16-week course will include practice files, customized video tutorials, instruction on E-filing, and hands-on support by the instructor and other dedicated staff. In addition, students will receive training in the Microsoft Office Suite. Students will be prepared to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification in Word. At the end of the program, students will take the Microsoft Word exam, which is included in the cost of the course.


Curriculum

What does the full 16-18-week schedule look like?

Each continuing studies career pathway program has features that are unique to their respective industries, but most will follow the schedule below:

Weeks 1-10

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Weeks 1-2:

  • Self-Discovery & Career Exploration
  • Preparing for the Workplace
  • Skills for Work & Life

Week 3:

  • An Introduction to Your Career Pathway

Weeks 4-7:

  • Microsoft Office

Weeks 11-30

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Weeks 7-14:

Career Pathway curriculum, i.e. Legal Studies or Business Office Technology.

Weeks 14-18:

Employer Engagement and Practical Experience

 


Financial Aid

How do I find out if I am eligible to enroll in a CSP program?

Only students who do not have a GED or High School Diploma are eligible to receive financial aid for this program. Students demonstrate their “ability to benefit” by one of two ways:

  1. Successfully pass a U.S. Department of Education-approved, independently administered test. At RWU UC, this test is called the Wonderlic Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) Test.
  2. Complete at least six credits (or 225 clock hours) counting toward a degree or certificate at RWU.

To begin the process of taking the Wonderlic ATB Test, please contact Morganna Beltre. Once you have either passed the Wonderlic ATB Test or demonstrated that you have the eligible college credits, AND you have enrolled in an eligible career pathway program (i.e. our CSP programs), you will then become eligible for Title IV financial aid, including Pell Grants, provided that you have no other barriers to receiving financial aid.

To ensure that you qualify for a Pell Grant, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by going to www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Once I demonstrate that I am eligible for a Pell Grant, what are my next steps?

  1. The student must submit an application for admission to the program, which can be found here.
  2. Once you have officially applied to the program, the student will be assigned to an academic liaison to discuss your career and educational goals, to help you decide which career pathway may be right for you, to other high school credentials you through the financial aid and registration process, and to answer any other questions you might have.
  3. Once you have been accepted to the CSP program and your financial aid eligibility has been verified, you will be scheduled to attend a new student orientation.

Outcomes

What are my options once I’ve graduated from a CSP?

Graduates of our CSP programs will receive a university issued non-credit certificate, signaling to employers that they have demonstrated the skills and competencies needed for an entry level job in their industry. Graduates will also complete their adult education requirement – either a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent, such as the GED. Like all of our programs at RWU UC, our CSP programs are stackable.