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Career Pathway Programs

Career Pathways are a unique program developed by the Staff Development Center (SDC) and were designed to help CSUSB staff master the skills and competencies needed to navigate successful careers in various professions. Career Pathways are a cohort-based, blended-learning model (online, instructor-led, and experiences) and are hosted over the course of 9-10 months. They are intended for individuals currently working in the career path or aspire to work as a professional in this field. Participants are also given the unique opportunity to collaborate with fellow cohort members and receive continuous guidance from their assigned coach.

Program Overview:

  • Type: Cohort Model, Blended-Learning
  • Duration: 9-10 months
  • Enrollment Criteria: Supervisor Notification & Accountability Forms, Statement of Intention
  • Completion Requirements: Varies per Pathway. May include prerequisites, core components, technical components, modules, electives, and/or capstone project(s)
  • Recognition: Certificate of Completion, Digital Badge, and/or Recognition Event
Interested in Joining a Career Pathway or Requesting Additional Information?

Contact the Staff Development Center via phone at (909) 537-3125 or email, or add yourself to the interest list of choice to receive updates about future opportunities to participate.

Complete the Interest List


Administrative Professionals Career Pathway

Navigate your way towards a more rewarding administrative professional career by participating in the Administrative Professionals Career Pathway.

Core Competencies

Soft Skills: Introspection, Organization, Professionalism, Relationship Management, Critical Thinking & Problem-Solving, Communication

Systems & Software: Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Zoom

Job-Specific: Various Administrative & Clerical Courseware

Recommended Audience

Administrative Support Assistants, Administrative Support Coordinators, Administrative Analysts/Specialists or those who seek similar roles.


Cohort 1: 2018-2019

Cohort 2: 2020-2021

Cohort 3: 2022-2023

Cohort 4: TBD


Finance Professionals Career Pathway

This pathway provides participants with information necessary to build your knowledge, skills, and abilities in preparation for a career in the finance and related fields.

Core Competencies

Soft Skills: Achieving Goals, Building Resilience, Critical Thinking, Teamwork, Connecting with Colleagues, Communication, Building Trust, Effective Listening, Writing, Creativity

Systems & Software: Requisitions & Procurement (CFS/DW), Concur Travel & Expense

Job-Specific: Finance & Administrative Services Overview, University Tax Compliance & Reporting, Department Budgets, Accounting for Non-Accountants, Introduction to Auxiliary Financial Services

Recommended Audience

Individuals interested in a career in the finance and related fields


Cohort 1: 2019-2020

Cohort 2: TBD

Skilled Crafts Career Pathway

This Pathway is intended to help individuals understand and navigate a path towards a more rewarding career in Skilled Crafts at CSUSB. This Career Pathway was developed in collaboration with a member of the Skilled Crafts community and the SDC team at CSUSB.

Core Competencies

Soft Skills: Writing & Reading Comprehension, Customer Service, Self-Motivation, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion (DEI), Communication Skills, Working with Others

Systems & Software: Microsoft Outlook/Word/Teams, Zoom, Construction Math, WebTMA

Job-Specific: Shadowing & Field Work Experiences

Recommended Audience

Individuals currently working in a Skilled Craft and/or those who aspire to be.


Cohort 1: 2023-2024 (In-Progress)

Student Services Professionals Career Pathway

Learn about the Student Services Professional (SSP) career by participating in this pathway.

Core Competencies

Soft Skills: Emotional Intelligence, Time Management, Unconscious Bias, Having Difficult Conversations

Job-Specific: Introduction to the SSP Series, Advising at CSUSB, Toolkits for the SSP, SSP Networking Opportunities

Recommended Audience

Individuals currently in or aspire to be in the Student Services Professional career series.


Cohort 1: 2018-2019

Cohort 2: TBD