Career Pathways

Become job-ready through free training and support

Adult Education Career Pathways programs combine learning, financial assistance, and support services to help you begin training for a rewarding career, even before you've earned your high school equivalency certificate.

Who can enroll

Career Pathways programs are free and available to ACC students taking high school equivalency classes, English as a Second Language (ESL) Level 3 and 4 students, and adults facing other education barriers. Some Career Pathways programs require students to be co-enrolled in HSE or ESL classes. If you drop those courses, you may not be eligible for free career classes.

Choose the right program for you

Choose the Career Pathways program or class that fits your abilities and goals.

  • Career Pathways Introductory classes: Learn basic computer skills or explore health care careers in these eight-week courses.
  • Certificate programs: Train for a career or get industry-certified in months in free certificate programs. Eligible students can also get access to textbooks, support classes, and a graduation gift through the Level Up program.
  • No diploma? No problem: Through the Ability to Benefit program, students can begin taking classes even if they don’t have a high school diploma.
  • Internationally Trained students: Learn how to apply training gained in your home country to opportunities in the United States.

Learn from knowledgeable, supportive instructors

Career Pathways classes are co-taught by an expert in the field of study and an Adult Education specialist. Together they help students develop strong skills in reading, writing, and math while they pursue their career training in a supportive classroom environment.

Career Pathways frequently asked questions

Can I benefit from an Introductory class?
In addition to fundamental computer skills or information about high-growth career fields, Career Pathways Introductory classes teach skills you will need in any job. Learn to write professional resumes, practice for job interviews, and search for good-paying jobs. You will also learn communication skills and other skills employers seek.

Can I get a professional certificate?
Yes. Career Pathways offers free classes to earn a number of industry-recognized certificates.

Are textbooks included?
Yes, textbooks and supplies are included for students who qualify for financial aid. Textbooks are also available to borrow.

What if I don’t have a high school diploma?
Career Pathways students can co-enroll in high school equivalency and college courses. Qualified students who don’t have a high school diploma also can begin college classes through the Ability to Benefit program.