Enrollment for Paths 2 Promise Program Extended through August 2018

Enrollment for a program designed to increase employment opportunities among residents who receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) has been extended through August 2018.

Since 2016, Paths 2 Promise (P2P) has assisted hundreds of SNAP recipients to obtain employment, train for new careers, and gain valuable work experience in growing employment fields. Though the original enrollment date for the program ended in March 2018, program officials have officially extended the enrollment period to August 31, 2018.

“Paths 2 Promise has already made a real difference in the lives of participants throughout our service area,” said Melissa Quillen, project manager for Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP), one of five partner organizations administering services through Paths 2 Promise. “We want to extend the enrollment period for as long as possible to ensure that as many people as possible can benefit from this program.”

Available to SNAP work registrants living within Kentucky’s Promise Zone counties (Bell, Harlan, Clay, Letcher, Leslie, Perry, Knox, and Whitley), P2P can provide a number of services, including assistance in paying for transportation, childcare, and tuition.

If you have any questions regarding the program or how you can be enrolled, contact your local Kentucky Career Center at one of the following locations:

  • Bell or Whitley Co. – Martha Williams, 606-337-3044, ex 207
  • Clay County – Barbara Smith, 606-598-5127
  • Harlan County – Sandra Howard, 606-573-5330
  • Knox County – 606-546-2639
  • Perry, Leslie, or Letcher County – Allison Brown, 606-436-3161, ex 5016

Partners in the Paths 2 Promise pilot project include the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP), the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), the Kentucky Department of Workforce Investment branded as the Kentucky Career Centers (KCC), Kentucky Adult Education (KYAE), and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).

Potential participants can also contact Kentucky Adult Education centers in Bell, Harlan, Clay, Letcher, Perry, Leslie, and Whitley counties, or a Paths 2 Promise Success Coach at Hazard Community and Technical College, Southeast Community and Technical College, or Somerset Community and Technical College. You can also register online at www.paths2promise.com.

The Paths 2 Promise pilot study is a SNAP and Employment & Training national research project designed to discover what helps unemployed and low-wage working SNAP recipients increase their earnings and advance in the workplace. Results of the study will be used to help shape future employment and training programs locally and nationally.

This project has been funded at least in part with Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

EKCEP, a nonprofit workforce development agency headquartered in Hazard, Ky., serves the citizens of 23 Appalachian coalfield counties. The agency provides an array of workforce development services, administers the Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) program for dislocated coal miners and their spouses, and is the White House-designated lead organization for the federal TechHire designation for Eastern Kentucky. Learn more about us at http://www.ekcep.org, http://www.jobsight.org, and http://www.facebook.com/ekcep.