In Fall 2015, PCCC embarked on a new initiative, Guided Pathways to Success.
Guided Pathways is national movement that engages colleges in the systematic redesign of their academic programs and support services to provide students with clear roadmaps and support from entry to completion. Pathways refers to broad categories of majors that are accompanied by targeted support services and interventions to keep students on track toward graduation, transfer and/or attainment of career credentials. (Completion by Design, 2016)
The goal at PCCC is to address issues affecting student retention and completion through enhanced support services and advisement, and innovative classroom instruction.
The implementation of Guided Pathways is directed by the Four Pillars:
Clarify the Path – Create clear curricular pathways to employment and further education.
- Simplify students’ choices with program maps developed by faculty that outline a clear pathway to completion.
- Begin with the end in mind. Assist students in identifying and planning career and transfer goals.
Enter the Path – Help students choose and enter their pathway.
- Redesign the College Success course to help students explore academic and career options
- Implement accelerated remediation to ensure students succeed in college-level courses as soon as possible.
- Develop multiple measures to assess students’ needs
Stay on the Path – Help students stay on their path.
- Support students through ongoing, proactive advising (see page 10 on Advisement). Faculty and Professional staff:
- Help students explore transfer and career opportunities
- Assist students with developing an academic plan to map out current and future semesters
- Monitor students’ progress
- Develop systems/procedures to identify students at-risk, and intervene with necessary support when they go off-track.
- Embed academic and non-academic supports throughout programs to promote student learning and persistence.
- Provide targeted, contextualized extracurricular programming
- Utilization of technological tools for students to easily track their progress.
Ensure Learning – Ensure that learning is happening with intentional outcomes.
- Establish program-level learning outcomes aligned with the requirements of transfer and career opportunities.
- Integrate group projects, internships, and other applied learning experiences to enhance instruction and student success in courses across programs of study.
- Support effective teaching practices throughout the pathways.
- Develop faculty-led enhancement of teaching practices.
The academic programs at PCCC are grouped in Pathways, based on similarity of courses and career outcomes. Changing majors within a given pathway facilitates a seamless transfer of core courses, and a minimum of unused credits. PCCC majors have been grouped into the following seven pathways:
Business and Culinary Arts
Bus. Admin:Accounting/Mgmt/Marketing AS
Bus. Admin.: Mgmt. Info Systems AS
Hospitality Management AAS
Culinary Arts AAS
Culinary Arts CERT
Culinary Arts CA
Pastry and Baking Arts AAS
Education and Public Safety Studies
Liberal Arts: Early Childhood Ed. AA
Liberal Arts: Teacher Ed. AA
Early Childhood Ed. AAS
Early Childhood Ed. CERT
Child Development Associate CA
Infant and Toddler CA
Liberal Arts: Criminal Justice AA
Criminal Justice AAS
Criminal Justice CERT
Criminal Justice Studies CA
Public Safety Telecommunications CA
Emergency Management CERT
Fire Science Technology AAS
Fire Science Management CERT
Fire Science Operations CERT
Homeland Security AS
Homeland Security CERT
Community Health Navigator CA
Medical Assistant CERT
Nurse Education AAS
Nursing - LPN Mobility Program AAS
Occupational Therapy Assistant AS
Psychosocial Rehabilitation AS
Health Information Mgmt. AS
Medical Coding CERT
Medical Informatics AS
Public Health AS
Humanities, Media Studies & Performing Arts Pathway
Health Science AS
Music Technology AAS
Liberal Arts: Musical Studies AA
Liberal Arts: Studio Arts AA
Liberal Arts: Theater AA
Studio Arts AFA
Applied Writing and Copy Editing CERT
English: Journalism Option AA
Liberal Arts: Communication AA
Digital Media Production & Distribution AAS
Video Production CERT
Basic Video Production CA
Graphic Design and Digital Media AAS
Graphic Design Fundamentals CA
Computer Science AS
Computer Information Technology AAS
with Network Admin. Option
with Technical Support Option
with Web & Mobile Dev. Option
Information Technology Fund. CA
Network Admin CA
Web & Mobile Dev. CA
Liberal Arts: Biology AS
Environmental Sustainability AS
Exercise Science AS
Fitness Specialist CERT
Liberal Arts: Mathematics AS
Liberal Arts: Nutrition AS
Liberal Arts: Physical Science AS
Engineering Science AS
Electronic Engineering Technology AAS
AutoCAD Drafting CA
Automation Control CA
Cyber Security & Computer Forensics CERT
Social and Behavioral Sciences and Human Services
Liberal Arts: Generalist Humanities AA
Liberal Arts: Psychology AA
Liberal Arts: Sociology AA
General Studies CERT
Human Services: AS
Pre-Social Work & Counseling
Mental Health Option
Human Services Specialist CERT
Gerontology Specialist CERT
Mental Health Specialist CERT
Mental Health CA
Alcohol & Drug Cert. Domains CA
Automotive Technology AAS
Automotive Technology CERT
Technical Studies AAS
Plumbing Technology CA
Targeted support services and holistic advisement has been established for various special populations, which include:
- Students who have food insecurities
- Students who identify as LGBTQIA
- Formerly incarcerated students
- Students who identify as men of color