RWU School of Continuing Studies now offers Continuing Studies Pathway (CSP) programs to help you begin on a path toward a career while earning your GED.
What are Continuing Studies Pathway (CSP) Programs?
Our CSP programs help prepare you for a career while you earn your GED. You no longer have to wait to finish your GED or other high school credentials before enrolling at RWU! Each of our CSP programs are 30-week, in-person programs, and include self and career exploration, career readiness skill development, academic preparation, Microsoft Office Specialist training and certification, education in your chosen career pathway, project-based learning and engagement with employers. CSP programs are offered right here at our downtown Providence campus, 22.5 hours per week. The flexible schedule allows students to continue or get on a path toward completing their GED.
Our Continuing Studies Pathway Programs are offered in the following areas:
This Legal Assistant training program is designed to help you acquire the knowledge, skills and work habits employers seek when hiring legal secretaries and/or legal assistants. The program examines the foundation, organization, and structure of the American legal system with an emphasis on the careers available in the legal profession through an exploration of the roles and responsibilities in the legal field. Students will learn the professional and ethical practices needed to succeed as a legal support professional. This course will include practice files, customized video tutorials, instruction on E-filing, and hands on support by the instructor and other dedicated staff. In addition, students will receive training in the Microsoft Office Suite. Students will be prepared to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification in Word. At the end of the program, students will take the Microsoft Word exam, which is included in the cost of the course.
Intro to Computers & Cyber Security
In the past five years, the need for Cybersecurity professionals grew about 12 times faster than that of all other jobs. This program is a great opportunity for you to pursue an entry level career in the Cybersecurity field, with the potential to grow as a Cybersecurity professional. The Introduction to IT Security course will cover a variety of modules designed to introduce the student to the basics of IT security and build on existing knowledge of computers, networks, and the Internet. Topics covered will include security awareness, incident response, cyber attacks, encryption basics, access control, basic network security, basic host and data security, and basic vulnerability assessments. In addition, students will receive training in the Microsoft Office Suite and will be prepared to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification in Word. At the end of the program, students will take the Microsoft Word exam, which is included in the cost of the course. Students will also be prepared for the Security+ certification.
Business Office Technology
The Business Office Technology course will cover a variety of office skills, software, and technology that will help prepare students for a career in an administrative role. Students will receive computer skill training and Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Access, and Excel) instruction. Classes will be face-to-face and embedded in the instruction will be mini-lessons created to meet the individual need of skill level. In addition to classroom time, this course will include practice files, customized video tutorials, step-by-step instructions, and Microsoft’s official E-book. Students will be prepared to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification in Word and Excel. At the end of the program, students will take the Microsoft Word exam, which is included in the cost of the course.
This program also offers an introduction to Quick Books, basic computer troubleshooting, scanner, copier, fax and other office technology. This program is a great opportunity to equip you for a career as an administrative professional across many industries and it can help advance an existing career.
Production Planning & Design
The manufacturing industry offers job opportunities in hundreds of occupations, with roughly half being in production. The Production Planning & Design course will cover a variety of skills to help prospective workers and employment or advance an existing career in the manufacturing or service industries. This course examines the fundamentals of production such as analysis, planning and control, organization of production, forecasting and master production schedules, procurement, stock of production, stock control, routing, scheduling and dispatching, and quantitative methods. In addition, students will receive training in the Microsoft Office Suite. Students will be prepared to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification in Word. At the end of the program, students will take the Microsoft Word exam, which is included in the cost of the course.
Typically, students who do not have a high school diploma or an equivalent, such as the GED, are not eligible for federal financial aid. However, if students can demonstrate that they have the “ability to benefit” from postsecondary education, they may be able to receive federal financial aid to enroll in one of our eligible programs.
What does the full 30-week schedule look like?
Each continuing studies career pathway program has features that are unique to their respective industries, but most will follow the schedule below:
- Self-Discovery & Career Exploration
- Preparing for the Workplace
- Skills for Work & Life
- An Introduction to Your Career Pathway
- Microsoft Office
- Career Pathway curriculum, i.e. Legal Studies, Intro to Computers & Cyber Security, Business Office Technology, or Production Planning & Design
- Employer Engagement and Practical Experience
- Capstone Presentations
How do I find out if I am eligible to enroll in a CSP program?
Students demonstrate their “ability to benefit” by one of two ways:
- Successfully pass a U.S. Department of Education-approved, independently administered test. At RWU School of Continuing Studies, this test is called the Wonderlic Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) Test.
- Complete at least six credits (or 225 clock hours) counting toward a degree or certificate at RWU.
To begin the process of taking the Wonderlic ATB Test, please contact Admissions Counselor, Joann Ayuso. Once you have either passed the Wonderlic ATB Test or demonstrated that you have the eligible college credits, AND you have enrolled in an eligible career pathway program (i.e. our CSP programs), you will then become eligible for Title IV financial aid, including Pell Grants, provided that you have no other barriers to receiving financial aid.
To ensure that you qualify for a Pell Grant, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by going to www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Once I demonstrate that I am eligible for a Pell Grant, what are my next steps?
- The student must submit an application for admission to the program, which can be found here.
- Once you have officially applied to the program, the student will be assigned to an academic liaison to discuss your career and educational goals, to help you decide which career pathway may be right for you, to other high school credentials you through the financial aid and registration process, and to answer any other questions you might have.
- Once you have been accepted to the CSP program and your financial aid eligibility has been verified, you will be scheduled to attend a new student orientation.
What are my options once I’ve graduated from a CSP?
Graduates of our CSP programs will receive a university issued noncredit certificate, signaling to employers that they have demonstrated the skills and competencies needed for an entry level job in their industry. Graduates will also complete their adult education requirement – either a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent, such as the GED. Like all of our programs at RWU School of Continuing Studies, our CSP programs are stackable.
Program Manager of the Center for Workforce & Professional Development (CWPD)