What are Career Pathway Programs?

Career Pathways Programs are a series of structured and connected education programs and support services that enable students, often while they are working to advance over time to better jobs and higher levels of education and training. Career pathways target jobs in industries of importance to local and regional economies. They are designed to create avenues of advancements and to produce a steady supply of qualified workers for employers.

These programs include: 

  • Academic preparation
  • Career readiness skill development 
  • Self and career exploration 
  • Hands-on training for an entry-level career in (Business Office Technology, Legal Assistant, Medical Assistant, Electrician Apprentice Program, and Mediation)
  • Project-based learning and engagement with employers  
  • Help connecting with employers in growing industries 


Course Dates:

1st cohort: September 9, 2019 - January 17, 2020

2nd cohort: January 21, 2020 - May 29, 2020


Program hours: 

30 hours a week for 18 weeks 

12 weeks face-to-face instruction, 6 weeks experiential internship 

Classes meet Mondays-Fridays, 9am-3pm 



  • Are conveniently offered at the downtown Providence campus. (On bus line)
  • Include parking validation for all students  
  • Assistance with job preparation, job search, and job application process.
  • All textbooks and supplies are included in the cost of tuition.
  • Have a flexible schedule which allows students to work part-time while pursuing their education  

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.

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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.


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.

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 career and educational goals, to help decide which career pathway may be right for you. The liaison will walk you through your high school credentials, financial aid, 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.