PATH Program

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What is the PATH program?

The PATH program, funded through an Illinois Community College Board grant, aims to serve, create, support and expand the opportunities for individuals in nursing and select healthcare pathways to obtain certificates and degrees, allowing them to enter and/or advance their careers in the health care industry.

What we provide

The PATH grant provides free short-term and long-term education/training programs designed to help participants gain employment in high-wage and in-demand occupations within the health care field. Students receive supports, including compensation to help cover basic costs while receiving the training.

Eligible Health Sciences Programs

  • Nursing Assistant & Advanced Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
  • Medical Assistant (CMA)
  • Paramedicine
  • Surgical Technology

Our goal at John Wood is to eliminate the barriers that keep people from enrolling and completing health care careers. Contact Misty Fierge, Grant Navigator, to find out if the health care industry is right for you!

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We’re Here to Help

JWCC offers a wide range of Student Services to help you meet challenges that may arise. Services include:

  • Advising & Retention
  • Career & Support Services
  • Counseling
  • Disability
  • Tutoring
  • Financial Aid
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PATH student support services

As a PATH participant, you may be eligible to receive:

  • Books and materials
  • Education stipend
  • Transportation stipend
  • Childcare assistance
  • Waiver for prior unpaid fees owed to JWCC
  • Loanable laptop and Wi-Fi hotspots (if program availability permits)
  • Tutoring
  • Essential and employability skills training
  • Job placement


In order to participate in the PATH program, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who meets certain eligibility requirements
  • Meet the requirements of selected training program