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Work First /PATH Program

LCC's Partnership, Accountability, Training, and Hope (PATH) Program is a program within the Work First Department and is one of five designated PATH programs in the tri-county area. LCC’s PATH program is grant funded through Capital Area Michigan Works! (CAMW!). The goals of Work First/PATH are to help referred participants secure and maintain employment leading to self-sufficiency. People receiving public assistance may have limited education or work skills which create barriers to self-sufficiency and impact their future. That's where PATH comes in.

Work First/PATH helps people achieve self-sufficiency by teaching clients:

  • How to identify skills and employment barriers
  • How to use multiple resources to identify job leads
  • Self-Sufficiency life skills
  • How to effectively build a quality resume, understand today’s online application and interview effectively for a job

Work First/PATH also offers participants additional support as needed:

  • Resources to enhance self-knowledge about today's job market
  • Structured enrichment classes to learn job-seeking and wellness skill sets
  • Access to a large selection of job search resources

Who Qualifies?

Clients in the LCC PATH program are direct referrals through the Ingham County Department of Human Services (formerly known as the Family Independence Agency--FIA) and residing within Michigan zip codes 48915, 48917, and 48933.

Work First/PATH Requirements:

Depending on the PATH client's family situation, a minimum number of work hours are required for a client to continue to receive Work First/PATH services. In addition to work requirements, clients must also attend a required number of activities to retain their eligibility for services. With an increasing emphasis on education, clients are also referred to CAMW!'s Learn to Earn for GED completion as well as other educational activities as appropriate.

Client Benefits to Work First/PATH:

Clients learn strategies for job seeking, including how to organize their job search, locate appropriate job leads, complete applications effectively, use resources to their advantage, understand the importance of clear verbal and written communications, obtain and succeed in interviews, and develop job retention skills.

In summary, LCC's PATH program helps participants in the greater Lansing area develop the skills needed for increasing their earning power while improving their ability to provide for their families. This, in turn, creates increased independence, positive role modeling for children, and improved personal skills through educational opportunities, all of which leads to a future of possibilities, potential, and promise!

Location Information:

Lansing Community College (Huron Building)
333 N. Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48901

Huron Building--Located on the northwest corner of Shiawassee Street and Washington Ave (directly across from Arts & Sciences).

Department Phone:  517-483-1393

Staff Information:





Cathy Wilhm




Case Manager



Tom Little

Education Specialist/
Case Manager


Office of Advancement and External Affairs at Lansing Community College

Advancement, External and Government Affairs
Administration Bldg, 3rd Floor
Phone: (517) 483-1163
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