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UDC PATHS Program

4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Building 42, Room 214

Washington, DC 20008

Assessments for literacy and career endeavors

Prior to entering training, each client is assessed to identify strengths and interests and basic reading, writing, and mathematical skills. Proper identification is achieved through administering both the computerized Campbell Interest and Skill Survey (CISS) and the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE). The administration of these assessments are not used to hinder or dissuade program participants, but rather is used to help identify and build additional learning components that foster success.

The CISS measures self-reported vocational interests and skills. Similar to traditional interest inventories, the CISS interest scales reflect an individual's attraction for specific occupational areas.

The TABE assessment provides the information needed in order to render appropriate literacy and contextualized learning to strengthen workplace English, reading, and math. After the assessments have been completed and analyzed, each student meets individually with the staff psychologist who discusses the outcomes of the CISS.

Mentoring and Support Services

Important to the success of each PATHS program participant is the receipt of consistent mentoring and support. Such an endeavor can make a difference in the success of program participants. Mentoring and support is received by both staff as well as internal and external partners. PATHS believes that rigorous and active support of participants can greatly strengthen our role as an innovative leader in training TANF populations.