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News: PCC First Year Pathways Program Honored by Chancellors Office

Pasadena City College’s First Year Pathways (FYP) program is the recipient of the 2012 Chancellor’s Student Success Award. This award recognizes colleges that have demonstrated significant progress toward achieving student equity goals and success for all students. 

The award will be presented by Chancellor Brice W. Harris at the Community College League of California (CCLC) Annual Convention, which will be held Nov. 15 to 17 in Los Angeles. The award is sponsored by the Foundation for California Community Colleges.

“This is an honor to be shared by everyone on the First Year Experience Council. Our exemplary program for first-year students is the result of your hard work, creativity, patience, and commitment to helping our students succeed,” said Brock Klein, the program’s director. “There is much more to do, but I’m confident that if we continue to meet, share the work, and solve our problems together, we will continue to grow and make a tremendous difference in our students’ lives.”

PCC has made an investment in the success of first-year students, leveraging federal and district resources to create the FYP and ensure that students identify and complete their academic goals in a timely manner. The program guarantees students full schedules, including difficult-to-get English and math courses in the fall and spring semesters of their first year. It also provides them with the critical support they need outside of the classroom.

In 2012, more than 800 students enrolled in an FYP, which is comprised of three components: Summer Bridge, the FYP Student Success Team, and College 1 / “One Book, One College.”

PCC’s summer bridges are called Jams. In 2012, PCC hosted Math, ESL, and Design Jams. The largest is Math Jam, a two-week (30 hours per week), no-cost program. It integrates innovative math instruction and structured supplemental support with engaging orientation-to-college activities as the important entry point to the college’s FYP program. 

The FYP Student Success Team is comprised of First Year counselors who dedicate part of their workload to Pathways students. At specific times, students can meet directly with the counselors, all of whom have been trained to handle the special needs of first-year students. First Year coaches provide students with an advisor/mentor during the first year of college.

They closely monitor students’ academic progress and communicate with them primarily via face-to-face interactions, but also by phone, email, texting and Internet as necessary. The third critical component of the Student Success Team are the First Year tutors, the majority of whom are former Math Jam and FYP students who have succeeded in their math and English courses and have been trained to serve as FYP tutors.

College 1, PCC’s FYE seminar, provides students with a rigorous academic experience in their first semester of college, during which time they exercise their critical reading, writing, and research skills while developing the academic and personal behaviors necessary to succeed in college. The “One Book, One College” initiative contributes to the ongoing conversations about who

PCC students are and how PCC can best serve them, as well as what kind of campus the college wants to be.

For more information on the Chancellor’s Student Success Award, visit extranet.cccco.edu. For more information on First Year Pathways, contact Klein at (626) 585-3049.
 

Release Date: 10/30/2012
Contact: Juan F. Gutierrez , Director, Public Relations
Phone: (626) 585-7315
Email: jfgutierrez@pasadena.edu