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Thanks you for the question.

It means that Federal agencies may use the Pathways Programs.

Posted 11:33 AM by
I've seen that the effective date for the Pathways Program is July 10. 2012. What exactly does this mean considering the main page on still says "coming soon"? Thank you.

Ms.Eide thank you for the question/s,

The Pathways regulation defines certificate program as "post-secondary education, in a qualifying educational institution, equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum." 

We hope this helps.

Posted 12:04 PM by
What is the definition of "Certificate"? Situation student received a teaching license. The State recently implemented the requirement of a certification to teach Chemistry. Does this meet the criteria for a certificate?

Ms. Frenzel,

Thank you for your blog entry.  

Veterans preference applies to the Pathways Programs. Many veterans may be availing themselves of the GI Bill to complete their education.

They deserve to have their preference applied should they seek a Federal job via Pathways. Pathways Programs are open to all students and recent graduates.  

We hope this helps.

Posted 10:14 AM by
Is there a direct hiring authority for student hires? If student hires have to go up against veterans prefrence, then a non veteran student would never be reached. What is the purpose of this program if you cannot direclty hire students as you can now?

Agencies will have 6-months to transition current Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) and Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) appointees into the Pathways Programs.

Please contact your Human Resource Office/Department for further guidance

I have reviewed the final rule for the Pathways Programs & didn't see any mention of what will occur with current STEP/SCEP appointees when the Internship Program takes effect 10 July 2012. Any help addressing this issue is grately appreciated.

Thank you for your interest in the Pathways Programs and the Recent Graduates Program in particular. Issued in December 2010, Executive Order 13562 established a Pathways Programs framework with three program paths tailored to recruit, hire, develop, and retain students and recent graduates. While the Executive Order created the Pathways Programs, they are not yet operational. We are working vigorously to implement these programs and expect final regulations will be issued sometime this spring. Typically, there is a period of time between when final regulations are issued and when they become effective.

Once the Pathways Programs become effective, agencies may begin using them to hire and we will have more information on how to apply and where to find positions. Still, it may take some time before job opportunities are available.

For additional information and updates as they are available, please visit and You may also want to bookmark these pages for reference.

I hope this helps.

Ms. Peake,

When applying for an internship, you must apply with the agency you are interested in interning with, there is no central location for the intern applicant to apply.

For additional information, please visit and

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