The Pathways to Completion II grant intentionally centers Latina/o/x and Chicana/o/x students and their intersectional experiences in the design and delivery of student Success Centers and a Career-First curriculum.
The grant will:
- center around a Network of Care including counselors, coaches, tutoring, faculty, support centers and more.
- create Career Communities that are hubs of exploration and empowerment for Latina/o/x and Chicana/o/x students and their peers
- encourage students to stay on path to completion through focused support
“Caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar.”
— Antonio Machado
“We are strong. We are resilient. We’re not going anywhere. We will prevail.”
— Cristina Salazar-Romo
— Aztec saying. This was said when someone’s child or someone’s pupil was well-taught, well-brought up.
Pathways to Completion
- Academic Programs: Develop a multi-faceted approach to career exploration that introduces early and reinforces often, offers robust internship opportunities contextualized for each career community, and career content that is embedded into curriculum.
- Institutional Management: Build and foster a multi-modal Network of Care, a student support model rooted in the fundamental belief that student support and advising is a shared responsibility and that support needs to be provided at both the micro and macro levels in order to truly impact the student experience.
- Fiscal Stability: Increase student outcomes and close equity gaps to ensure alignment with state-mandated performance-based funding focused on student equity, student success, and workforce outcomes.
By Sept. 30, 2025, PCC will achieve the following project objectives:
- Persistence: Increase the fall-to-spring persistence rate by 10% (based on 2017-18 baseline: 71% all; 70% Hispanic)
- Excess Units: Decrease the average number of excess units at degree completion by 8 units (based on the 2017-18 baseline: average 91 units among all degree earners, as well as among Hispanic degree earners)
- Completion: Increase State-defined Scorecard completion rate by 5% and close equity gap (based on 2016-17 baseline: 56% all; 46% Hispanic)
- Field of Study: Increase the number of PCC students who are employed in their field of study by 5% (based on the 2018-19 baseline of 72.5%: 70% for Hispanic students)
- Living Wage: Increase the percentage of PCC students who earn a livable wage within 1 year of completion by 6% (based on the 2017-18 baseline of 41%: 35% for Hispanic students)1
- Project Director -- Dr. Isela Ocegueda
- Activity Director -- Tito Altamirano
- Administrative Assistant -- to be filled
- Career First Curriculum Faculty Lead -- Dr. Silvia Toscano
- Network of Care Faculty Lead -- to be filled
- Communications and PR Specialist -- Sera DiBlasio