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Long Beach City College will work with other community colleges to advance each other's pathways efforts, providing an example for other state and national colleges, according to a release.

The work — a new California Guided Pathways Initiative — includes 20 statewide colleges implementing an integrated approach for student success through making structured, specific plans to help students get their degree. The pathways will give learners a program, including specific course sequences, milestones and outcomes. 

LBCC was one of 20 colleges statewide chosen by the Foundation for California Community Colleges (FCCC), based on the quality and depth of their current efforts. Part of the initiative includes participating in six institutes to receive help and time to create pathways for students' educational goals and make strategies to complete the goals. LBCC will be assigned two coaches to support/advance its plan during the next three years.

“Long Beach City College has a strong record of supporting students in achieving their educational goals, and being a part of this initiative will strengthen that mission and increase the success of the students we serve,” Ann-Marie Gabel, LBCC’s acting superintendent-president, said in a release. “Guided pathways are at the core of LBCC’s strategic plan and lines up well with our goal to accelerate students’ educational path to completion.”

The project will use information from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE), Bakersfield College, Community College Research Center (CCRC), WestEd and National Center for Inquiry & Improvement (NCII). Other guidance will come from Achieving the Dream, Aspen Institute, Public Agenda and Jobs for the Future.

The (FCCC)  and Teagle Foundation fund the project, with the colleges paying participation fees of $15,000 per year, or $45,000 total.

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—Emily Thornton

Emily is a staff writer covering higher education and other various topics for Gazette Newspapers. She has a background in weekly and daily newspapers and a bachelor’s in communication from La Sierra University.

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