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Broward College Selected to Participate in the Pathways Project

November 3, 2015 | News

College is one of 30 institutions nationwide chosen for a national initiative to guide students along academic and career pathways

Broward College was selected as one of 30 institutions nationwide that will participate in the Pathways Project, led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The project is funded through a $5.2 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that will allow the chosen colleges to be the first to participate in the pathways series for the next two and a half years, contributing to the implementation of guided academic and career pathways at other institutions across the country.

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“The reality is that many students enter college without a clear career choice often leading to wasted time, resources and unachieved academic goals. Giving students guided, structured academic pathways changes the way students connect college to careers. At Broward College, we’re committed to exposing our students to a variety of different pathways, which is ultimately about degree completion and career connection,” said Broward College Provost Linda Howdyshell. “After a successful launch of Career Pathways at Broward College, we’re honored to be selected to share our model and assist other colleges in guiding their students toward career success.”

AACC is coordinating a national partnership to build capacity for community colleges to implement a pathways approach to student success and college completion.  Partners include Achieving the Dream, Inc., The Aspen Institute, the Center for Community College Student Engagement, the Community College Research Center, Jobs for the Future, the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement, and Public Agenda.  Partners have participated actively in the highly-competitive national selection process and also are substantively involved in designing a model series of six two-day pathways institutes, each focusing on key elements in a fully scaled pathway model for community colleges.

“These very diverse community colleges can feel proud of the strong foundations they have laid for this transformational work,” said AACC President Walter G. Bumphus. “We are pleased with the rigor and integrity that the Pathways partners have ensured in the selection process, and all of the partners look forward to the intensive work ahead.”

The Pathways colleges are in urban, suburban and rural locations in17 states with fall headcount enrollments ranging from less than 3,000 to almost 60,000 students.  The selected institutions are:

Alamo Colleges (TX)
Bakersfield College (CA)
Broward College (FL)
Cleveland State Community College (TN)
Columbus State Community College (OH)
Community College of Philadelphia (PA)
Cuyahoga Community College (OH)
El Paso Community College (TX)
Front Range Community College (CO)
Indian River State College (FL)
Irvine Valley College (CA)
Jackson College (MI)
Lansing Community College (MI)
Linn Benton Community College (OR)
Monroe Community College (NY)
Mt. San Antonio College (CA)
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (WI)
Paris Junior College (TX)
Pierce College District (WA)
Prince George’s Community College (MD)
St. Petersburg College (FL)
San Jacinto College (TX)
Skagit Valley College (WA)
Stanly Community College (NC)
South Seattle Community College (WA)
Tallahassee Community College (FL)
Tulsa Community College (OK)
Wallace State College (AL)
Western Wyoming Community College (WY)
Zane State College (OH)

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