Community colleges launch new effort to make sure students graduate
April 17, 2017
• Seven Central Valley colleges are among 20 to join the project
• “This project and the twenty participating colleges can positively impact the future of California”
Twenty California community colleges are joining in a program to substantially increase the number of students who earn a certificate or degree.
This includes seven from the Central Valley:
• American River College
• Butte College
• Cosumnes River College
• Modesto Junior College
• Reedley College
• San Joaquin Delta College
• Yuba College
The “California Guided Pathways Project” will see the colleges design and implement structured academic and career pathways for all incoming students by 2019.
*I am confident that this project and the twenty participating colleges can positively impact the future of California,” says California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, who serves on the project’s advisory committee. “I look forward to leading a series of systemwide efforts to implement the Guided Pathway model throughout the California Community Colleges.”
By creating structured educational experiences, pathways support each student from the point of entry to the attainment of high-quality postsecondary credentials and employment in a chosen field, the colleges say.
The project, which was launched in December 2016, is funded by College Futures Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, the Teagle Foundation, and participating colleges.
Over the next three years, colleges will send teams to institutes where they will receive guidance and structured time to create clear pathways to high-quality credentials and develop the change management strategies needed to accomplish this goal. College teams will be made up of five people including the president and a faculty leader. Each college will also receive support from a team of pathways coaches and information on complementary reform efforts in California that can help support specific facets of their work.