Pathways to Work



Pathways to Work is a partnership of funders, employers, and training providers working together to equip frontline workers with skills needed for middle-skill jobs in targeted industry sectors.

The collaborative is led by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, and focuses on three key strategies:

  • Invest in emerging or promising approaches that move frontline workers along career pathways so they build basic skills and go on to earn middle-skill credentials through the collaborative’s healthcare and information technology training partnerships.
  • Coordinate training providers, employers, and funders to ensure job readiness and training programs focus on building skills of greatest need to employers and target funding towards the most impactful programs and strategies for helping workers secure better jobs.
  • Build capacity of employers and training providers to adopt best practices for moving frontline workers along career pathways, develop work-based learning opportunities, and build more collaborative relationships that will led to improved responses to current and future workforce needs.


Sector Focus

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Information Technology

Industry Partnerships

Nurse Aid Certification Program

The Nurse Aid Certification partnership is providing technical training and supportive services to students pursuing credentials to become Community Health Workers, Certified Nursing Aides, Phlebotomists, and EKG Technicians. Initial training is over an eight-week period and participants receive the certified nursing aid certificate upon completion. They are then able to continue and earn additional certificates. Sharing Life Community Outreach provides services such as transportation, clothing, and childcare to help students’ complete training and retain employment.

IT-Ready Initiative

IT-Ready Initiative partners with the nonprofit organization Per Scholas to help workers earn their A+ and Network+ certifications in eleven weeks, free of charge. These certifications qualify the students for a variety of middle-skill computer support positions with an average salary of $20.30/hour. Dallas’ information technology sector is expected to grow by 7 percent between 2013 and 2018, and help desk jobs are the largest middle-skill occupational area in IT, accounting for 65 percent of middle-skill average annual openings. This partnership offers critical training and an industry-recognized credential.

Collaborative Contact