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Career Pathways Program

The Career Pathways Program supports SEIU Local 500 unit members to identify career goals, and obtain training and direction to achieve those goals. The Career Pathways Program offers opportunities for employees to improve their knowledge and skills in content areas that will enable them to achieve their career goals, with programs and processes in place to support those objectives.

 Programs for Supporting Services Employees


The Career Pathways Team has added additional web pages to share information about programs for supporting services employees. 

MCPS Mentoring Program for Supporting Services Employees

The Career Pathways Team has expanded and refreshed the mentoring program for supporting services employees. On our new webpage, you will mentors who represent most of the SEIU chapters and have a variety of expertise to share with employees. To learn more about mentors including how to work with one, check out the new Mentoring Program webpage!

Career Pathways Ambassador Program 

Seeking Ambassadors for FY25!

The Career Pathways Ambassador Program is dedicated to providing support to employees across the organization. Each ambassador uses their unique skills and experience to provide support to employees at their work site and beyond. To learn more about the ambassadors and the work they are doing, visit the new Ambassador Program webpage!

Want to learn how to become an ambassador? Sign up on PDO to attend an information session. 

See flyer HERE for a list of dates/times.

These pages can also be found in the left column, under Career Pathways Program - Quick Links


 News and Announcements 

The Career Pathways Team is here to support your career development needs!

Check out the December edition of the Career Pathways Newsletter!

Career Pathways December Newsletter

Career Pathways Leadership Development Program 

The Career Pathways Program for supporting services employees is excited to offer staff a new professional learning experience for the 2023-2024 school year. This year-long professional will offer two pathways for permanent staff members based on where they are in their careers with MCPS. 

The Career Pathways Program is proud to share a video message from Dr. McKnight, superintendent of schools in support of our leadership cohort participants.

The application for this program for the 2023-2024 school year has closed.

If you could not attend a live session and would like to learn more about the program, please view the slide deck below.

Career Pathways Leadership Program Information Session Deck.pdf

Training Opportunities from Career Pathways

The Career Pathways Program offers training centered around personal and professional development to help employees attain their career goals. See below for training that will be offered this year by Career Pathways.

Training from Career Pathways


New training sessions are coming soon. Stay tuned!



Higher Education Partnerships


The Career Pathways Program collaborates with Higher Education Partnerships to increase supporting services employees’ participation in teacher prep programs.

Please visit the Higher Education Partnership’s website for more information. Please see below for upcoming information sessions. For complete details and to sign up, log into PDO

Want to learn how to become a certified teacher in MCPS, but missed the live information sessions? 

View the How to Become a Teacher webinar below

Upcoming Partnership Information Sessions 
Montgomery College Alternative Certification for Effective Teachers

This program is for individuals who currently hold a bachelor's degree or higher and are pursuing initial teacher certification. 

05/06/2024 5:00 PM PDO Course #87653

Johns Hopkins University - Master's Degree in Special Education (SET-IT)

This program is for individuals who are pursuing teacher certification in special education in grades 1-8 or 6-adult.

05/08/2024 5:00 PM PDO Course #87107

Notre Dame of Maryland University - Initial Certification Partnership

This partnership is for individuals who are pursuing initial teacher certification. 

05/23/2024 6:00 PM PDO Course #87163

 Other Training Opportunities


The Supporting Services Professional Growth System provides year-round comprehensive professional development opportunities that support the continuous growth of a skilled and effective workforce. Please see the Supporting Services Training and Development site for more details. Please see below for a snapshot of upcoming training sessions. For complete details and to sign up, log into PDO

Stay tuned! Summer sessions will be advertised in June/July. 



Contact Us


 Contact Career Pathways

 Nathalie Bourdereau – Career Pathways Program Manager
 Heather Harman – Career Pathways Program Specialist

Department of Human Capital Management
Office of Human Resources and Development
45 W. Gude Dr.
Rockville, MD 20853