University of the District of Columbia is serving its land-grant
mission very well through Paving Access Trails for Higher Security, a
university-government collaboration serving the DC community. UDC’s
School of Business and Public Administration runs the13-year-old PATHS
program, which has received $2 million in grant funds each year for the
past three years and is administered by SBPA’s Dr. Antonia Nowell.
PATHS provides technical assistance for
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families clients in the city and training
for the DC Department of Human Services/Income Maintenance
Administration and Assistance (DHS/IMA) staff.
In 1977, SBPA asked DC agencies how the
University could assist them. The creation of the PATHS program was the
result. A year later, a contract between SBPA and DHS/IMA cemented the
University-District partnership. The resulting collaboration used a
person-centered case management approach to assess barriers to building
integrated counseling and life and job skills programs for PATHS
clientele. Studies and hands-on experiences in Certified Nursing
Assistants, Home Health Aides, Child Development Associates and Medical
Record Billing and Coding programs have been building blocks to change
Nowell, PATHS founder and current principal investigator, says, “As it takes a village to raise a child, it takes an entire university to create, grow and sustain a successful program.” She credits the UDC community for PATHS’ continuous accomplishments in serving DC citizens. PATHS has received many honors, awards and citations from the IMA administrator, DHS, local think tanks and nonprofit organizations, and The Washington Post.
Pictured above: Dr.
Antonia Nowell and George Lhagvadorj ’00, PATHS director since 2004,
display an award given to PATHS for its outstanding service to the
District of Columbia.