Pipeline for the Advancement of the Healthcare Workforce (PATH)

Get started on or advance your career in health care — with free training!


Welcome to PATH

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 health care 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.



PATH student support services

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

  • Free tuition and fees
  • Books and materials
  • Education stipend
  • Transportation stipend
  • Childcare assistance
  • Waiver for prior unpaid fees owed to LLCC
  • 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:

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

And meet one of the following, being:

  • An incumbent worker (already employed but needs training to upgrade skills to secure full-time employment, advance in career or retain current position)
  • Low income (i.e., qualify for federal financial aid such as receiving SNAP benefits, Medicaid or TANF)
  • A first-generation student (meaning your parent(s) did not complete a four-year college or university degree) or 
  • Minority students and other underrepresented populations