Expect More, Create Change: CPI Blytheville


In 2016, we visited 17 communities across Arkansas to answer one incredibly important question: "We Expect More of ourselves, our communities, and our state's what are we going to do about it?"

A year after launching Expect More Arkansas, we're sharing how communities, organizations, and businesses across Arkansas expect more of our state's future and how they are taking action to ensure every resident has access to a high-skilled job that pays a family-supporting wage. 

When we provide low-income parents with the academic and financial support they need to obtain post-secondary credentials and succeed in high-skilled careers, they're able to Expect More of themselves and their families.

The Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) is breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty in Blytheville, Arkansas. With support from Arkansas Northeastern College and Mississippi County, Arkansas Economic Opportunity Commission, this initiative provides personalized tutoring, mentoring, and counseling as well as financial support to parents who receive Technical Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) funding. As a result, more and more parents are earning degrees and certificates that increase their employability and ability to support their children.

The success of CPI in Arkansas has earned national attention, including coverage by The Washington Post and Education Week. 

Watch this video to find out how community leaders in Blytheville are supporting parents so they can Expect More.

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The Career Pathways Initiative shows us how private and public resources can create change in communities by reducing financial barriers to education and future career success.