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Overview

The UNCF Career Pathways Initiative (CPI), funded by Lilly Endowment, is a $50 million investment over a seven-year period, that helps four-year HBCUs and PBIs strengthen institutional career placement outcomes with the goal of increasing the number of graduates who immediately transition to meaningful jobs in their chosen fields.

Through this initiative, UNCF manages a competitive grant-making process to award planning and implementation grants to institutions to help students achieve a greater return on their investment in the form of meaningful employment immediately after graduation.

The CPI is designed to strengthen career placement outcomes by encouraging participating institutions to enhance what their students gain from the liberal arts—critical thinking, creative problem solving, effective oral and written communication skills, diverse and global perspectives, among other things—with specific preparation, training and experiences they need to be employable and successful early in their chosen careers.

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Career Pathway Initiative: The Development Approach
Career Pathway Initiative: The Development Approach
to achieve the goal of helping institutions strengthen career outcomes for their students, UNCF has devised a three-pronged approach. CPI’s goal is to help four-year HBCUs and PBIs strengt
Career Pathways Initiative: Developing Guided Pathways for Students Through College and Into Careers
Career Pathways Initiative: Developing Guided Pathways for Students Through College and Into Careers
the challenges of black unemployment and underemployment in the United States have persisted for decades. At a time when a college education has become critical to a professional care...
The Challenge: The Broken College-Career Pipeline
The Challenge: The Broken College-Career Pipeline
To meet this challenge, the UNCF® Career Pathways Initiative aims to improve the ability of educational institutions to serve students who rely on them to prepare them for lif