Pathways to Work

Led by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Pathways to Work is a cross-sector collaboration of funders, employers and training providers working to create innovative solutions for moving entry-level workers into good middle skill jobs and ensure employers have a pipeline of skilled and ready-to-work employees. Job training and placement are key components of United Way’s community goal to move 250,000 people out of poverty permanently.

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Andrea Glispie

Director, Pathways to Work

aglispie@unitedwaydallas.org 

214.978.2048

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Read more about our efforts to build collaborations, invest in training, and provide technical assistance to help more workers thrive in our strong economy.

Healthcare

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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Median hourly wage of middle-skill jobs in the sector

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.

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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 Ready Initiative: $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.

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Pathways by the numbers

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