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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.  

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Hello, I have recently heard about the Recent Graduates Program and would like to know how to apply to the program. I graduated with a degree in meteorology and would like to gain experience with the National Weather Service. How do I apply to this program for the National Weather Service?

Ms. Nobles, thank you for your blog entry…we anticipate the regulation governing the Pathways program to be released Spring of this year.

Greetings, Are there any updates available about the release of guidelines for the Pathways Program? Thank you. Lucinda Nobles, MSA

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