About Power Pathways

GTCC’S POWER (Providing Opportunities for Workforce Education Review) Program classes help adult students with intellectual and developmental disabilities improve their reading, math, computer, and job readiness skills with a goal of helping students obtain employment or enter post-secondary education. POWER Pathways courses give these students the skills to find meaningful career or volunteer opportunities, promoting self-sufficiency.

Our first POWER Pathway Program, Food Service, began Spring 2019.

This program is offered on our Greensboro and High Point campuses.  The limit is 15 students per campus!

There is a registration fee of $200 for the Food Service Program and limited scholarships for those able to demonstrate financial need are available.  Please click here for a  scholarship application [PDF].

Students must complete a POWER Pathways program application and schedule an individual appointment for an interview and a CASAS or TABE assessment to be admitted to GTCC’s POWER Pathways program. Prospective students must score at least the third-grade reading and math level on a CASAS or TABE assessment to be admitted to the program.  

Our priority deadline for the POWER Pathways program application and the scholarship application (if needed) for our Fall 2019 semester class is 5:00 pm July 12, 2019.

The Food Service Program prepares students to work or volunteer in the Culinary and Food Supply Industry. Topics covered include:

  • Principles of Basic Cookery
  • Basic Menu and Recipe Planning
  • Intro To Basic Baking
  • Basic Knife Skills
  • Cooking Methods and Techniques

Food Service program students will have the opportunity to take the SERVSafe Food Handlers certification exam to earn an industry-recognized credential.

Career Development instruction is included in all POWER Pathway courses to help with:

  • Employment strategies, such as resume preparation and interviewing techniques
  • Goal setting and career pathway development

Students will also have instruction in soft skills needed to retain employment.

Important dates for spring 2019:

  • 7/12/19 – Application deadline
  • 9/9/19 – POWER Pathways semester begins
  •  12/13/19 – POWER Pathways semester ends

Daily Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

There will be a mandatory orientation for accepted students and their caregivers the first week in September 2019.

For more information about the POWER program, click here.