Story by Melissa Ibarra/Viking/News/@ibarra_mm

The application to join the Guided Pathways Project was submitted Tuesday, Feb. 28, by the Board of Trustees.

The project is committed to implementing curriculum aligned with university transfer programs and into the labor market through institutional changes. The project focuses designing and implementing academic and career pathways at a scale for all students.

Student Trustee Andrew Lomeli said Guided Pathways will blur the lines between K-12, Community College and the CSU eventually.

Lomeli said the program will help students find a path they are comfortable with and he has seen a lot of success come from the program.

Trustee Doug Otto said, “Long Beach is the poster child for Guided Pathways. The Long Beach Unified School District has been doing this, having students select pathways early on. In various places we’ve been successful with that.”  

If selected, LBCC, with 15 to 20 other California Community Colleges, will work on Guided Pathways. Acting President Ann-Marie Gabel said, “The application was to participate in the project that will actually cost the district money.”

According to the project agreement, the participation fee is $15,000 per year for a total of $45,000 over three years.

Last year, LBCC and 58 other colleges applied for the Innovation Award in Higher Education which granted a monetary award. Gabel talked about the recognition LBCC received in 2015 for its ambitious efforts to improve higher education with Promise Pathways, a project at LBCC since 2008. Since the Promise Pathways benefits the Guided Pathway Project,“The project and awards intermingle some,” Gabel said.

Working with the LBUSD and Cal State Long Beach, the Promise- created K-16 Pathways that will include a website version accessible for students at any grade level so she or he could search a career and see what classes are needed in high school and college to pursue that career.

A second application for funding from an Innovation Award would allow LBCC to collaborate with Mt. San Antonio, American River, Bakersfield and Irvine Valley colleges and a few others that would also help and fund the Guided Pathways and the Promise Pathways.

He continued, “Virtually the entire California Senate came here three years ago to see how Long Beach Unified implements the Pathways and also came to LBCC.”