Key Initiative

Year to Career Through Micro-Pathways (Year to Career)

The Arapahoe Community College Consortium (Colorado) launched Year to Career Through Micro-Pathways (Year to Career) in February 2033. The initiative is funded by a U.S. Department of Labor grant through the third round of the Strengthening Community Colleges Training Grants (SCC3) program to build community college capacity to address equity gaps and meet the skill development needs of employers and workers more effectively. SCC3 aims to help people in marginalized and underrepresented populations overcome barriers to career and technical education programs they need to connect with quality jobs.

The initiative is catalyzing collaboration and innovation between education and industry by creating skills-focused, market-driven, affordable learning opportunities to support learners and employers within the talent-pipeline and by initiating and sustaining system change within the participating colleges and larger Colorado Community College System. The project will advance equity, grow accelerated career pathways, create results-driven designs for curriculum and systems, and work for sustainable systems change.

Year to Career is creating 6 micro-pathways, 3 in the healthcare industry and 3 in the information technology industry to provide scalable, stackable credentialing in the career pathways of Health Information Technology, Behavioral Healthcare, Emergency Healthcare, Allied Health, IT Support, Cybersecurity, Cloud Computing, and Data Analytics.

Industry-Recognized Credential(s) are a focus, with several pre-established credentials and micro-credentials included and awarded as learners progress through micro- pathways (e.g., Certified Nursing Assistant, Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS), National Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification, American Heart Association CPR/BLS Certification, Registered Behavior TechnicianTM (RBTTM), Google IT Professional Support Certificate, Comp TIA IT Fundamentals+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA A+, AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, and Google Data Analytics Professional Certificate. In addition to these established credentials, the colleges will also create new non-credit employer validated certificate level micro-credentials which will meet skills required to obtain employment within their organizations.


  • Consortium partners include Arapahoe Community College (Title III qualified Institution), Community College of Denver (HSI qualified institution), Pueblo Community College (HSI qualified institution), Pueblo Community College (HSI qualified institution), Colorado Community College System (governing entity for above partners)
  • Employer partners: Centura Health, CyberUP, DaVita, Second-61, Greater metro Denver Healthcare Partnership, Splash Fiber LLC, HCA Healthcare, Upper Arkansas Health & Wellness Partnership, Parkview Health System, FEDC WellSTART
  • Workforce Develop system: Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Colorado Rural Workforce Consortium—Pueblo & Upper Arkansas Workforce Sub-Areas, Arapahoe/Douglas County Works!, Denver Services
  • Education Design Lab (subrecipient)

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