Pathway to Success

What is PSP

The Pathways to Success Project (PSP) is a Disability Innovation grant awarded to DOR by the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration. PSP will identify and demonstrate practices, which are supported by evidence, in improving Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) outcomes for eligible individuals with disabilities, including previously served VR participants to advance in high-demand, high-quality careers. PSP participants are served by sector-specific specialist teams that are experts in the industry and translate that knowledge to increased opportunities for consumers, served in-person or remotely, to enter career pathways for those occupations. The PSP sector-specific teams effectively engage with businesses, utilize work-based learning experiences, internships, apprenticeships, and career-level employment for DOR consumers.

PSP Career Pathways

PSP is a demonstration project which focuses on six high-wage, high-skill and high demand career pathways: Advanced Manufacturing, Biotechnology, Construction & Transportation, Green Energy, Health Care, and Information Technology & Communications. PSP includes a unique service delivery design by assigning, building, and serving statewide caseloads based on the consumer's identified goal rather than geography.

Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing is the use of innovative technology for planning, managing, and performing the processing of materials into final products and related professional and technical support activities. Examples of careers in Advanced Manufacturing include: Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers, Industrial Machinery Mechanics, Industrial Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, and Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic (CNC).

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Biotechnology is technology that utilizes biological systems, living organisms or parts of this to develop or create different products. Examples of careers in Biotechnology include: Biotechnology Lab Assistant, Chemical Technician, Microbiologists, Biochemists, and Clinical Lab Technicians.

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Construction & Transportation

Construction careers include the construction of commercial, industrial, and residential buildings and engineering projects like roads, bridges, and utility systems. Transportation careers provide services to move people or goods, as well as transportation infrastructure. Examples of careers include: HVAC, Plumbers, Sheet Metal, Civil and Industrial Engineer, Construction Manager, Electricians, and Architects.

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Green Energy

Green Energy careers work in clean, sustainable, or renewable energy and includes any occupation that is affected by activities such as conserving energy, developing alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling. Examples of Green Energy careers include: HVAC Technology, Electrical Engineers, Electrical Wind Turbine Service Technician, Arborist Technician, Environmental Scientist and Specialists, and Solar Photovoltaic Installer.

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Health Care

Health Care are careers that work with businesses that provide medical services, manufacture medical equipment or drugs, provide medical insurance, or otherwise provides health care to patients. Examples of Health Care careers include: Doctors, Nurses, Phlebotomists, CNA/LVN, Dietician, Nutritionist, Hospital Administration, Health Services Manager, and Pharmacy Technicians.

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Information Technology

Information Technology are careers that focus on developing, maintaining, and utilizing computer systems, networks, and software for the processing and distribution of data. Examples of IT careers include: Software Developer, Computer Programmer and Computer Engineer, Information Security, Database Administrators and Web and Graphic Design.

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PSP Eligibility

  • Are you interested in a high-wage, high-skilled occupation and/or advancement in one of the six PSP career pathways?

  • Do you want to find out if you are eligible to receive Vocational Rehabilitation Services by one of our PSP sector specialists' teams?

  • Are you interested in joining and evaluation that examines outcomes to achieve meaningful work in strong careers?

If you answered "YES" to these questions, you may qualify for DOR's Pathway to Success Program.