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NuPaths, an IT and tech workforce development training provider co-founded by Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, is one of 25 organizations from across the U.S. to receive grants via the Catalyze Challenge to design and launch career connected learning models primarily serving underserved student populations.

The Catalyze Challenge is a joint venture among American Student Assistance® (ASA), Arnold Ventures, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Charles Koch Foundation, Charter School Growth Fund, the Joyce Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation, to date totaling nearly $10 million in funding to 40 innovative solutions across 24 states. The Challenge aims to fund, learn from, and share bold ideas that rethink the connections among K-12, post-secondary education, and career for students in grades 6-14.

Out of about 550 total applicants, NuPaths and the other 24 recipients were chosen based on the strength of the educator’s solutions to better connect education and careers in their communities, and their commitment to driving equity through models rooted in career-connected learning. Grantees represent a range of nonprofits, community organizations, entrepreneurs, employers, and cross-sector partnerships. NuPaths was awarded a $50,000 Catalyze Challenge grant.

“There’s never been a greater need for bold ideas that can help students find their path to a fulfilling career and life,” said Romy Drucker, Education Program Director at the Walton Family Foundation. “We’re excited to partner with so many forward-thinkers in philanthropy to support this project and grateful that the number of entrepreneurs and educators bringing their energy and ideas to the Catalyze Challenge has nearly doubled in the second round.”

Launched in 2018, NuPaths is a college alternative for recent high school graduates, veterans, and career-transitioning employees.  Students learn the IT skills and receive the industry-recognized certifications needed to enter today’s IT job market. NuPaths also works with high school seniors through programs embedded into the school day.

“The Catalyze Challenge grant funding will support efforts to formalize a cybersecurity career pathway for inner-city high school students in southcentral PA,” said Andy Petroski, NuPaths President. “We’re looking forward to working with workforce development agencies, employers, and Harrisburg University to synthesize existing activities into a formal career pathway ecosystem for high school students in Harrisburg, York, and Lancaster.”

To apply for an upcoming program cohort, or for more information, visit the NuPaths website at