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Guided Pathways Cohorts

Guided Pathways Initiative Cohorts

Washington's community and technical colleges are working in a variety of ways to implement the Guided Pathways model. Full-scale reform requires a major investment, but even non-grant-receiving colleges are leveraging available supports and tools to begin laying the foundation.

In addition to the programs listed below, the Washington State Legislature provided $1.5 million for two academic years (2017-18 and 2018-19) to support Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) efforts to expand the Guided Pathways initiative.

College Spark Washington

College Spark Washington will grant more than $7 million in funds to SBCTC and 10 Washington state community and technical colleges over an eight-year period (2016 to 2024) for Guided Pathways training and technical assistance.

Many — but not all — of the program supports facilitated by SBCTC are available to all of Washington’s public community and technical colleges, as the initiative promotes Guided Pathways across the entire system as a means to increase completion rates.

Two cohorts of five colleges each received grant funding of $100,000 per year for five years to support the comprehensive implementation of Guided Pathways.

College Spark Cohort 1

Work began fall 2016 and implementation began in fall 2017.

  • Everett Community College
  • Peninsula College
  • Pierce College District
  • South Puget Sound Community College
  • South Seattle College

College Spark Cohort 2

College Spark Cohort 2 begins October 2018, but colleges were able to begin their work in January 2018 thanks to funds from the Washington State Legislature.

  • Clover Park Technical College
  • Lower Columbia College
  • Renton Technical College
  • Spokane Falls Community College
  • Tacoma Community College


AACC Pathways Project

Several colleges have gotten a headstart on Guided Pathways with assistance from an American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) project. With generous funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the AACC recently launched the AACC Pathways Project, a national project focused on building capacity for community colleges to design and implement structured academic and career pathways at scale, for all of their students.

Thirty diverse institutions from 17 states were selected to participate in intensive Pathways Project work over the next three years.

Selection criteria were intentionally rigorous, as the project is designed to help colleges already progressing on a student success agenda to advance that work to the next level. Selected colleges do not receive funds, but are eligible for technical assistance and coaching from AACC-assigned coaches.

Pathways Project colleges:

  • Pierce College District
  • Skagit Valley College
  • South Seattle College

AACC Pathways 2.0 colleges:

  • Clark College 

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