Career Pathway Programs

Why apply for Career Pathway Program?

Career pathways programs offer occupation-specific training in high-growth industries such as health care, advanced manufacturing, or information technology. Such programs combine academic and technical education with supportive services; many also incorporate work experience and bridge programs. Career pathways are designed to allow individuals to participate in sequenced training courses of increasingly advanced skills and credentials with multiple entry and exit points, allowing participants to enter the labor force with marketable skills and credentials and return to education later, with credits allowing them to move towards a degree.

Many programs will:

  • offer industry-recognized certificates
  • provide paid training and apprenticeships
  • offer academic credits associated with an accredited college
  • ongoing career guidance and support post-program
  • additional support, such transportation, living stipends, & tools 

How to get started

  • Talk with your UtmostU coach about your hopes, goals, and concerns.
  • Complete Pathway U – our online career naviator (
  • Read through the program description below. There are more details on the career pathway on the “Apply” link.
  • Watch for follow-up communication. Every day.
  • Talk with your UtmostU coach about the process or questions.

Preferred Pathway Program

UtmostU has reviewed the quality of each of the following programs, and can strongly them for UtmostU fellows.
Reach out to Valerie Charles, Manager of Career Services, for specific guidance



Year Up Job Training

Description: Receive job training in the following career fields: Banking & Customer Service, Business Operations, Financial Operations, Information Technology, and Software Development. You will also receive job training, earn college credits and internship opportunities that can land you a full-time job. For more information, contact Valerie Charles at

Length: 6 months - 1 year

Financials: Learning & Development phase $50/week - Internship phase pd $525/week (paid bi-weekly)

Accelerate U at NLU Certification Programs

Description: Accelerated training in the following areas of study; Medical Assistant Certification, Registered Technician Certification, and Certification in Business Technology.

Length: 3-6 months

Financials: Program Stipend

Douglas J & Aveda - Cosmetology, Esthiology, & Massage Therapy

Description: Douglas J students receive a world-class education in cosmetology, esthiology, and massage therapy, preparing them for creative, rewarding, and successful careers in the salon and spa industries. With four schools across Michigan and schools in Chicago, IL and Knoxville, TN, enter the beauty industry with unparalleled brands behind you – Douglas J and Aveda.

Length: varies per program

Financials: Financial Aid

Deadline: June, 2023

Discovery Partner's Institute - Digital Bridge

Description: The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) and Wilbur Wright College today announced a new partnership to support and develop promising and diverse tech talent in Illinois, with a focus on pathways into computer and data science fields. For more information, contact: Lauryn Scott (312) 585-9168 Veronica Resa (773) 620-6370

Length: Fridays June 23, July 7, July 14, July 21, and July 28

Poder - Career Exploration Training

Description: Learn technical and soft skills needed for customer service, financial services sector, or insurance sector jobs Gain competitive workplace technology skills Explore career pathways and set short and long-term career goals Build a resume, practice interview skills, and network with employer partners Secure employment with one of PODER’s employer partners Contact: Doris Medina

Length: 4 Weeks

Deadline: Open

Public Allies - 10 Month Americorps Apprenticeship Program

Description: Practical, on-the-job learning through a paid, full-time nonprofit apprenticeship Rigorous leadership training Building community through our cohort model Mentoring, coaching, and continual self-reflection

Length: 10 Month

Financials: Paid, Full-Time

All State Apprenticeship Program

Description: Start your career with a part-time job while you’re earning your associate degree! Apply to be a part of the Allstate Apprenticeship Program, a 12-24 month, fully remote, paid opportunity designed to give you hands-on experience in a career-related field while you are enrolled at a community or technical college. Apprentices will spend between 20-30 hours a week engaged in hands-on learning to help build a strong career foundation. We provide flexible scheduling to accommodate your life and school commitments.

Length: 12-24 Months

Financials: Paid

COOP Training Program

Description: Receive training in one of the following tracks: Digital Marketing, Business Development, Data Analytics, or Financial Services.

Length: 4 Months

Financials: Stipend

Deadline: July 6, 2023