Read more how Pathways to Work, in collaboration with DFW Hospital Council Foundation, helped Methodist, Parkland and UT Southwestern hospitals retain qualified Patient Care Technicians. 

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The healthcare delivery system is one of the largest sectors in the DFW region and presents many opportunities for area residents who want to advance their careers. Healthcare has the largest concentration of middle-skill positions and is among the highest-paying industries.

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Featured Investment

Patient Care Technician Training Program: $270,000

Students in the Patient Care Technician Training Program are taught skills essential to the care of hospital patients and residents in long-term care. The program provides an entry point to a variety of allied health and nursing careers. Sharing Life Community Outreach hosts the program and provides supportive services so students have the necessary resources to complete the program.

Education at Work

A program of Parkland Health and Hospital System to provide job skills training and education opportunities and connections to living wage jobs at Parkland to frontline healthcare workers.


Keyuna's Story

Information Technology

IT is a growing sector offering many career advancement opportunities for people with middle skills. A number of high-demand middle skill IT positions, such as database administrator, network administrator, information security analyst and computer user support specialist, are spread out among high-growth sectors.

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Median hourly wage of middle-skill jobs in the sector

Featured Investment

IT Support Training: $175,000

The Per Scholas IT-Ready Initiative provides technology job training, certification, placement and career development services in a rapid 8-week program.  Participants earn the Comp TIA A+ certification and are prepared for a variety of entry level positions in IT, such as data center technicians, desktop support specialists, IT support analysts and network field technicians.  In addition to financial grant support, Per Scholas receives human and social capital from United Way’s Ground Floor initiative.


A nationally registered tech apprenticeship program managed by WTIA Workforce Institute that provides 3 to 5‐months of intensive training in apprenticable occupations ending in an industry recognized certification and a one‐year, paid apprenticeship with an employer. The program targets women, people of color, and veterans, providing them access to middle‐skills tech careers that allow them to attain greater economic mobility.

Technology Service Corps

A program of Npower to provide Tech Fundamentals and Cybersecurity training to veterans and their spouses.


Alex's Story

Pathways by the numbers

Total invested

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