California Guided Pathways Project

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Creating a pathway to success.

The California Guided Pathway Project is designed to substantially increase the number of students who earn a certificate or degree at a California Community College. The project will help California Community Colleges implement an integrated, institution-wide approach to student success by creating structured educational experiences that support each student from point of entry to attainment of high-quality postsecondary credentials and careers.

What are Guided Pathways?

Guided pathways reform is a student-centered approach that can dramatically increase the number of students earning community college credentials, while closing equity gaps. Rather than work with a subset of students, guided pathways are a college-wide undertaking that provides a framework for integrating California-based initiatives such as SSSP, Equity, Basic Skills Transformation, the Strong Workforce Program, and California College Promise. The California Guided Pathways project was modeled from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Pathways Project and adapted for implementation in California. The model helps colleges clarify paths to student end goals, helps student select and stay on path, and ensure quality learning.

College Participation 

Through a competitive application process, 20 California Community Colleges have been selected for the project. College teams are participating in six two-day institutes, which focus on key elements required to implement a fully-scaled pathway model which serves all students at a community college, plus receive support on the change process from expert coaches. 

Interested colleges can find more information on the program website >

Project Partners 

The project is lead by a broad base of stakeholders and funded through generous support by College Futures Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, and the Teagle Foundation, in addition to fees paid by participating colleges.


Support from College Futures and Teagle Foundation launch California Guided Pathways Project
December 7, 2016 
A broad-based group of community college leaders coordinated by the Foundation for California Community Colleges announced the launch of the California Guided Pathways project, a venture designed to substantially increase the number of students who earn a certificate or degree at a California Community College.
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Community college leaders launch Guided Pathways project
December 8, 2016
Officials say The California Guided Pathways project will help up to 20 community colleges including Bakersfield College design and implement structured academic and career pathways for all students.
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Education Roundup: Program to boost community college transfers, grad rates
December 7, 2016
A statewide community college program championed by Bakersfield College President Sonya Christian that would streamline the transfer process and boost graduation rates launched Wednesday, officials announced.
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Contact Us

Dr. Rob Johnstone
Project Lead
T: 650.740.1796

Sandra Fried
Vice President, Student Success Center
T: 916.491.4475

Fact Sheet

Foundation for California
Community Colleges

1102 Q Street, Suite 4800
Sacramento, CA 95811

Toll Free: 866.325.3222
Fax: 916.325.0844

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Who we serve

The Foundation serves as the official foundation supporting the Board of Governors, Chancellor’s Office, and the entire California Community College system, including 116 colleges and 73 districts, serving 2.1 million students.

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