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May 26, 2009

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UDC PATHS Program Wraps Up Another Successful Cohort

Washington, DC (May 26, 2009) - UDC PATHS (Paving Access Trails for Higher Security) is approaching its 12th year of a very successful training program for the District’s TANF recipients, and we are pleased to announce our second ceremony of the year to recognize the completion of 135 participants. The Completion Ceremony will take place at the UDC Van Ness Campus, Building 38, Window’s Lounge on Friday, May 29, 2009, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. 

The UDC PATHS program built its contextualized (integrating job-related literacy) job-skills training program on wrap-around case management to address typical and unique barriers;  a battery of assessments (career and literacy) to identify needs and strengths that form the basis of their personalized plan of action; and offers life skills, financial literacy, job readiness, and job search support to participants.  Participants engaged in job skills training drawn from a list of occupations known to be in demand locally, such as Office Assistants, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA), Home Health Aides (HHA), and Custodial Services.  A number of the participants completing the program were linked to jobs and/or internships; five from the early fall cohort are currently attending UDC; one student has applied for readmission to UDC; and 20 applied for admission to UDC for fall 2009 with 7 of these applying for the 2009 UDC Summer Bridge Program.  Others were linked to community-based literacy and/or GED programs.

A Completion Ceremony earlier in the fiscal year included participants who completed training in hospitality services and culinary arts.  Job skills training for the 2009 summer period will include Bookkeeping with Quick Books, Medical Office Assistants and Insurance Billing and Coding along with the recurring offerings of Office Assistants, CNA and HHA.  PATHS is also planning to  reprise  training opportunities for Child Development Associates (CDA) and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) in the early fall.

According to Principal Investigator and founder Dr. Antonia Nowell, Professor in the School of Business and Public Administration, PATHS grew out of a District-wide outreach initiative launched by the school in 1997.  Since that time, PATHS has grown and has continued to seek to inculcate the entrepreneurial self-help spirit in TANF participants and to empower them to identify and use resources that will move them along their own personal paths to achieve self-sufficiency and economic stability for themselves and their families.  Central to PATHS’ efforts has been the creation of strategic partnerships with DC Department of Human Services Income Maintenance Administration (DHS/IMA), departments in UDC and community-based organizations from the non-profit, for-profit, faith-based sectors, as well as other public agencies.  PATHS continually scans the University and the community at large to identify new opportunities, resources, and partnerships to assist TANF participants.
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The DHS/IMA amended its contract with PATHS to extend case management services and training to clients with disabilities in their TANF/POWER program.  Currently in the process of applying for increased FDA funding, DHS/IMA is also amending their contract so that PATHS can resume training for District residents who receive food stamps under the Food Stamp Employment and Training (FSET) program.  PATHS previously conducted a very well-received training and assessment program for this latter group between the years of 2003 and 2007.

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The University of the District of Columbia is the fully-accredited sole public source for accessible, inclusive, affordable, and comprehensive public higher education in the District of Columbia. The University, an urban land grant institution, is a very diverse community, a gateway to the world, and a significant economic engine for the District of Columbia.  The University is located at 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro. 

Contact:
Jackie Boynton, Assistant Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Alumni Relations, jboynton@udc.edu or 202.997.7161