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Liberia Career Pathways, a certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit since February 2018, is an innovative public-private education initiative designed to support college and career readiness in targeted Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) clusters. This project parallels the Illinois Pathways initiative launched in 2012.

Liberia Career Pathways was formed as a Liberian nongovernmental organization on May 31, 2013, in partnership with the State of Illinois, to provide Liberian youth with opportunities to develop knowledge and skills in key economic sectors. This is a two-way exchange of ideas and benefits: lessons learned from Illinois Pathways strengthen Liberia’s work, while Illinois’ engagement with Liberia exposes our educators and students to the global context while connecting Illinois-based businesses with opportunities in Liberia.




Liberian students have limited exposure to viable career opportunities, and lack information on how to pursue education and training for careers.


Liberian high school and postsecondary programs systems are not aligned to areas of workforce need, and do not direct students to pathways for career opportunities.


Liberia business and civic organizations need to more actively engage in the education sector for it to contribute to Liberia’s economic growth.



Empowering students to make informed career choices, addressing gaps in Liberia’s education and workforce systems, and inspiring learners to be globally competitive in disciplines critical to Liberia’s economic growth.

Liberia’s economic growth depends on a trained and skilled workforce.

Education with real-world application improves student persistence and outcomes.

All Liberian citizens must have equal access to opportunities through LCP.

Character development must be a focus in addition to academic development.




Exposing students to career opportunities and supporting them to pursue a career path

  • Utilizes curriculum developed in partnership with U.S. 4-H clubs
  • Approximately 50 students per club in 10th – 12th grade
  • Positive qualitative feedback from club members and coordinators
  • Annual National Essay Contest allows Liberian students to reflect on issues affecting families, communities and the nation broadly
  • Annual Career Day events (1-2 days each) are offered regionally
    • Highlight career areas needed for Liberia’s growth
    • Guide students in making career choices
    • Features professionals in various disciplines


Serves as Career Club hub + resource center in Monrovia

  • Education Programming:
    • Housing a comprehensive library with partner WE-CARE
    • Providing students with online coursework in areas of career interest
    • Supporting students on national college entrance exams
  • Career Awareness & Exploration:
    • Career Talks: Featuring various employers to discuss education pathways and employment opportunities, in-person and virtual
    • Utilizing web-based tools that enable students to identify their strengths and areas of career interests
  • Collaboration & Connections:
    • Providing space for Career Club students for group projects, special events, etc.
    • Connecting Liberian students to U.S. students to gain international perspectives
  • College & Career Resources:
    • Centralizing information regarding scholarships, postsecondary, Liberian labor market
    • Training for school counselors on providing career guidance to students
    • Supporting students to develop college and career plans, create resumes, and apply for internships and full-time employment
    • Inviting universities and employers to interview students


Working with public health students to provide educate primary and secondary students and provide community health screenings

  • Hosting ongoing community health education and disease prevention in our communities
  • Conducting health screenings to students and community members
  • Working with partners such as Liberia’s Ministry of Health and the Healthcare Federation of Liberia, LCP does Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) training to healthcare workers and health centers
  • Efforts led by LCP staff and volunteers


  • Identifying occupations critical for Liberia
  • Organizing partners/resources to create new pathways
  • Engaging in significant planning to support the launch of a new Biomedical Engineering Technician (BMET) training program with partner high schools.


  • Identifying occupations critical for Liberia
  • Rotary International
  • WE-CARE Foundation
  • Booker Washington Institute
  • 4-H Liberia
  • Methodist Church
  • Liberian government, private sector, and international aid organizations
Portrait of Kenety S. Gee

Kenety S. Gee

Executive Director

Portrait of Dr. Emmanuel Bessay, MD

Emmanuel Bessay, MD

Board Chair

Portrait of Jon Furr

Jonathan Furr

Vice Chair

Portrait of Emily Anderson

Emily Anderson

Project Manager

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Tim Farquer

Superintendent, Williamsfield Schools

Jacqueline E. Gboyah-Bush, DNP

Utilization Review Nurse, Northeast Georgia Hospital

Dr. Jacqueline Bush (Jackie) is a Registered Nurse, and recently completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice. She is currently employed by Northeast Georgia Hospital, one of the largest urban hospitals in Northeast Georgia, where she works remotely as a Utilization Review Nurse.
Prior to her current role, Dr. Bush worked as a Critical Care Nurse, Clinical Documentation Specialist, and an Emergency Room Nurse Case Manager, all of which were at Northeast Georgia Hospital. During the span of her career, Dr. Bush has served as Charge Nurse in her Department, trained new nurses as their Preceptor, and led several sessions at national nursing conventions sponsored by the National Teaching Institute, which oversees the continuing education of critical care nurses throughout the country. Dr. Bush also has experience working at both level 1 and level 2 trauma hospitals in the metro Atlanta area. Her certifications include: Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Trauma Nurse Core Course, Basic Life Support Educator, and Critical Care Registered Nurse.

Dr. Bush was born in Liberia, attended Booker Washington Institute high school, and migrated to the United States of America in 1990. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Brenau University, where she received one of the highest honors for graduating nurses, the “Florence Nightingale Spirit of Nursing” award. She then went on to obtain her Master of Science in Legal Studies from Kaplan University, with a concentration in healthcare. Most recently, Dr. Bush completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Capella University with a concentration in adult chronic diseases.  Her capstone project focused on decreasing frequent readmission of adult patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) within 30 days of discharge.  The formal graduation for her Doctor of Nursing Practice is schedule for September 10, 2021.

In her spare time, Dr. Bush enjoys spending time with her husband of 29 years, cooking, and being with family. She has one adult daughter, recently married in April of 2021, and has raised a host of nieces and nephews over the years.

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Rudolp Merab


Sando Ojukwu, MD, MPH

Pediatric Endocrinologist, Joslin Diabetes Center and Boston Children’s Hospital; Instructor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Sando Baysah Ojukwu is a physician specializing in pediatric endocrinology at the Joslin Diabetes Center and Boston Children’s Hospital, as well as an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Prior to her current position, Sando was an Attending Physician in pediatric endocrinology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Sando's clinical research focuses on defining and ameliorating risk factors for suboptimal glycemic control in vulnerable youths with Type 1 diabetes. She utilizes Type 1 diabetes as a lens through which to advance health equity nationally and internationally. She has had the opportunity to work in several countries including Botswana, Liberia, Kenya, and Bangladesh. Sando has an A.B. in Biochemical Sciences with a Minor in Health Care Policy from Harvard College, graduating cum laude, a Master in Public Health with a concentration in Global Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a Medical Doctorate from the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. Sando completed her pediatric residency and fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She was born in Monrovia, Liberia, and raised in Providence, RI. She lives with her husband, Randy, and son, Caleb.

Portrait of Michael Weah

Michael Weah

Executive Director, WE-CARE Foundation