Step Forward™

An initiative of Serve West Dallas
Serve West Dallas releases its Middle-Skills Health Care Career Pathways Program

Middle-Skills Career Pathways in Healthcare is an innovative public-private community initiative that empowers the transformation of under-resourced youth in West Dallas while addressing the significant need for qualified middle-skills employees in the healthcare industry. It is the intersection of an economic necessity and a moral imperative.

Meanwhile the city where “Big Things Happen Here” is booming amid economic prosperity, The Chase study projects that in 2018 there will be nearly 42,000 middle-skill job openings that will pay an average median hourly wage of $24.47; 35% higher than the region’s living wage.

Thirteen stakeholder groups representing business, education, city government and social service organizations have successfully collaborated to develop a holistic model that transforms lives of under-resourced youth while providing an ROI-centric solution to address a critical challenge facing the healthcare industry in Dallas.

Middle-Skills Career in Pathways in Healthcare is Serve West Dallas’ response to the JP Morgan Chase study. This report was done in collaboration with our strategic partners Anthem Strong Families, Baylor University Medical Center, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, DCCCD – El Centro, Dallas Independent School District, and City of Dallas Office of Economic Development, and with special help of our West Dallas Ministry Partners – Young Life West Dallas and Mercy Street. This study is the culmination of over a year of dreaming and planning for the employment future of our West Dallas youth.

A Call to Action

1. Please donate to our Pathways initiative to ensure this innovative career readiness initiative includes many more candidates.
2. Please connect us with other industries or businesses that are interested in this innovative approach to job placement.
3. Recommend an eligible West Dallas resident for this program. Here’s the information flyer.

We’d also like to acknowledge and express our sincerest thanks the JP Morgan Chase and their global initiative New Skills At Work which provoked our collaborative work.

And a special thank you to the donors who are willing to partner in creative projects that have long-term impact.

Communities Foundation of Texas
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Pathways to Work
City of Dallas Office of Economic Development
The Rowling Foundation

Additional Reading

Testimony of a Pathways Participant
West Dallas Residents Take the First Step
Presentation to Dallas City Council

Download the manual that started it all. Download the Middle-skills Career Pathways in Healthcare introductory booklet. 

New Skills at Work Report: Strengthening Dallas-Fort Worth: Building A Middle Skill Pipeline to Sustain Economic Growth and Expand Opportunity 

For more information about the Pathways program, please email us to contact us at [email protected].