Pipeline for the Advancement of the Healthcare Workforce (PATH)

Bring the grit. Reach the goal.
Get started on or advance your career in health care — with free training!

Fall 2023 application deadline: Closed
Spring 2024 application now open

Note: The information form gathers potential PATH recipient information for the new upcoming grant cycle.

Welcome to PATH

PATH (with electrocardiogram lines). Pipeline for the Advancement of the Healthcare Workforce

The PATH program, funded through an Illinois Community College Board grant, aims to serve, create, support and expand the opportunities for individuals in nursing and select health care pathways to obtain certificates and degrees, allowing them to enter and/or advance their careers in the health care industry.

What we provide

The PATH grant provides resources for short-term and long-term education/training programs designed to help participants gain employment in high-wage and in-demand occupations within the health care field.Students receive supports, including compensation to help cover basic costs while receiving the training.

Programs

PATH student support services

As a PATH participant, you may be eligible to receive assistance with:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Books and materials
  • Education stipend
  • Transportation stipend
  • Childcare
  • Waiver for prior unpaid fees owed to ñ
  • Loanable laptop and Wi-Fi hotspots (if program availability permits)
  • Tutoring
  • Essential and employability skills training
  • Job placement

Eligibility

In order to participate in the PATH program, you must:

  • Reside within the ñ district
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who meets certain eligibility requirements
  • Meet the requirements of selected training program

And meet one of the following, being:

  • An incumbent worker (already employed but needs training to upgrade skills to secure full-time employment, advance in career or retain current position)
  • Low income (i.e., qualify for federal financial aid such as receiving SNAP benefits, Medicaid or TANF)
  • A first-generation student (meaning your parent(s) did not complete a four-year college or university degree)or
  • Minority students and other underrepresented populations

Ready to begin?

Fall 2023 application deadline: Closed
Spring 2024 application now open

Note: The information form gathers potential PATH recipient information for the new upcoming grant cycle.

Please note:

  • First, students must apply to ñ to be eligible for PATH funding.
  • Need help activating your ñ email? Please visit .If you are still having difficulties after reviewing the link, please email the ñ Helpdeskor call 217-786-2555.
  • Compete your free .
  • Select the healthcare program that you desire to complete.
  • Make an appointment with your student success coach to register for classes and review your desired program.
  • If still interested after reviewing this information, please complete the PATH Interest Form, and eligible applicants will be sent the official PATH application.

If you are a previous ñ student and have a past due balance that you would like for the PATH program to cover, please set up a meeting with the PATH director to discuss the completion of a memorandum of understanding.

Once these steps have been completed and the PATH Interest Form sent to the PATH team, an email will be sent to all interested students with a link to the PATH application for completion.