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Career Pathway & Workforce Development Programs for Individuals

Whether you're looking to gain workforce skills or jump into a new career the Center for Workforce & Professional Development provides individuals with the skills you need to advance.

Through our portfolio of non-credit certificate programs and courses, we provide career readiness and job-specific training that prepares individuals to re-enter the workforce, learn a new skill, or change careers. Our students come from many different points in their lives. We work to empower them and are committed to seeing everyone succeed. Whether you are incarcerated, looking for a pathway to a career while earning your GED or High School Diploma, or looking for skills to help you get more consistent employment, the CWPD will meet you where you are.

The CWPD also offers non-credit professional certificate programs and courses which provide professionals with targeted and flexible means to advance, change, or refocus careers and positions within organizations for future advancement. Individuals most often connect to these programs through their employer. However, we offer opportunities to connect directly to programs offered in partnership with community-based organizations (link to Community Based landing page).

Please contact the Center for Workforce & Professional Development at or (401) 254-3840 for more information.

Career Pathway Programs & Workforce Development (Ability to Benefit)

University's College's School of Professional and Continuing Studies offers students without a GED or High School Diploma an exciting new pathway to college through the Continuing Studies Pathway (CSP) programs. If you do not have a GED or High School Diploma, but feel that you can succeed in a college program, you can now access your financial aid to pay for one of our four CSP programs that can help you get on the road to a new career.

Am I eligible?

If you already have a GED or High School Diploma, you are still eligible to enroll in a Continuing Studies Pathways program. We encourage you to contact an admissions officer to learn more about applying today.  Admissions | 401.254.3838 |

The non-credit Continuing Studies Pathway programs are designed for individuals who do not have a high school credential, but who, through their work and life experience feel ready to enter a college program.

How do I enroll?

If you are ready to apply for a program, please contact  Admissions | 401.254.3838 |
The eligibility criteria for the CSP programs are below (for those who do not yet have a high school credential):

  1. Must pass a basic skills test at a 6.5-grade level or above. The basic skills test is called the Wonderlic and is offered for free to interested applicants.


  2. Have six college credits to transfer that apply to an existing program at RWU.

If you already have your high school diploma or GED, you do not need to take the Wonderlic basic skills test. You can apply today through our application found here.

Career Readiness through Pivot the Hustle

University's College's School of Professional and Continuing Studies and the Rhode Island Department of Corrections have launched an innovative and results-oriented program designed to help inmates garner skills for successful re-entry into the workforce and employment upon release.

Pivot the Hustle (PTH) reflects goals of the Raimondo administration and the RI Justice Reinvestment Working Group. Both were tasked with drafting recommendations for a data-driven approach to reduce corrections spending and reinvest in strategies to reduce recidivism.

PTH works with eligible inmates expected to be up for parole in less than 18 months.  Its goal is to provide skill and career readiness support to eligible soon to be released male/female prisoners to prepare them for employment and career paths that lead to self-sufficiency.  UC is working towards offering a portfolio of the RI Department of Labor and Training (RIDLT) approved for -credit and non-credit career readiness programs in addition to a cadre of individualized support services.  

The individualized approach works with inmates to help them realize they have skills and encourages them to pivot those skills through building assessments, an educational roadmap, tutoring, and process remapping specific to the individual based on their individual needs and career aspirations.  

Additional information:

  • Pivot the Hustle was launched in January 2016
  • PTH touched a total  82 (both male/female) incarcerated participants
  • 16-week program consisting of four (4) modules with 64 volunteers, assisting or facilitating
  • 52 successful Graduates


  • To offer workforce development programs to inmates (funded) as phase II of PTH  Inmates will be released job ready and connected to our wrap around services
  • Provide college courses/degree pathways for incarcerated men and women