On Friday, December 28, the College Futures Foundation awarded Norco College a $200,000 grant to implement a case-management approach for Guided Pathways.
In 2017, Norco College was one of 20 community colleges selected statewide to participate in the California Guided Pathways Initiative—a venture designed to substantially increase the number of students who earn a certificate or degree.
That year, Norco College developed four schools—School of Arts & Humanities, School of Social & Behavioral Sciences, School of Business Management, and the School of STEM. This was designed to assist students in choosing a pathway major and degree based on interests, knowledge, skills, abilities and ultimate career goals.
The new grant will allow the College to: Expand/fund student access to an academic planning system that allows them to easily monitor progress on their (pathway) program of study; support Student Success Teams and college community with guided pathways professional development; create/maintain a new college website that makes it easier for students to choose a program that leads to transfer and/or a career; establish a communication plan to improve students’ understanding of the guided pathways available and; document the school’s journey to becoming a Pathways College.
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the College Futures Foundation, whose funding will help us take bold steps forward for our students, adding support and technology designed to help our students efficiently complete a pathway from college to transfer to career and beyond.” said Samuel Lee, Ed.D., Norco College vice president of Academic Affairs.
This week’s grant was the second time in recent years the College Futures Foundation (Foundation) demonstrated support for Norco College endeavors. In 2016, the Foundation invested in a planning grant at the college to support the development of relatable academic majors, guided pathways, and college to career linkages.