EUGENE, Ore. — After an extensive application and interview process, Lane Community College has been selected to participate in the inaugural Oregon Pathways Project intended to improve rates of college completion, transfer, and attainment of in-demand jobs for Oregon community college students. Also participating are Chemeketa, Clackamas, Rogue, and Southwestern community colleges.
The project builds on national research from the Community College Research Center and the American Association of Community Colleges. A guided pathway is a structured educational plan from admission through completion that is aligned with specific employment goals and/or additional education.
“In addition to contributing to overall student success and completion, The Oregon Pathways Project will address equity gaps in access, persistence, and completion,” says Dr. Paul Jarrell, who joined Lane as vice president for academic and student affairs in June. “That aligns very well with Lane’s core values.”
Project participants will attend four institutes over the next two years to receive coaching, guidance and support in the design and implementation of structured academic and career pathways. The fourth and final institute will be held at Lane in November 2019.
“This is a logical extension of our successful Career Pathways in Career and Technical Education,” says Jarrell. “Our hope is that this involvement will lead to expanding that high touch, wrap-around service to all of our transfer, degree, and certificate programs.”
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