SCC Chosen as an AACC Pathways Project School

Stanly Community College (SCC) was recently invited to participate in the American Association of Community College's (AACC) Pathways Project. SCC is one of thirty diverse institutions from seventeen states to have been selected to participate in this intensive Pathways Project. SCC was the only North Carolina community college chosen.

The AACC's Pathways Project is a national effort focused on building capacity for community colleges to design and implement structured academic and career pathways at scale, for all of their students. According to the AACC, "the selection criteria was 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." SCC is already an Achieving the Dream College (AtD) and a Completion by Design (CbD) 2.0 College.

SCC will first participate in the Pathways Institute over the next 2.5 years and will work with expert coaches at those institutes. In addition, SCC will contribute to learning both across the initiative and more broadly across the community college field. The efforts of SCC will not only advance the achievements of the institution, but also to provide a model for scaling pathways for other community colleges. In essence, SCC's learning outcomes would benefit nearly 1,100 other college institutions.

Partners in developing the AACC Project pathway include: Achieving the Dream, Inc.; the Aspen Institute; the Center for Community College Student Engagement; the Community College Research Center; Jobs for the Future; the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement; and Public Agenda. Funding is provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

"Rarely does one find an instance of success that was achieved totally in isolation. Instead, initiatives worth accomplishing are realized through collaborative practices that take into account multiple perspectives. It is for that reason that Stanly Community College is excited to participate in the Pathways Project," states SCC President, Dr. Brenda Kays. "We believe that the guided pathways model presents us with the opportunity to bring all of that work together, under one umbrella, to produce a cohesive model that is much greater than just the sum of its parts. This is our chance to start living a model that embodies student success, not just employing practices that nibble around the edges."

SCC has nearly 200 full-time faculty and staff and approximately 400 adjunct instructors and part-time staff members serving nearly 10,000 students each year at its Albemarle and Locust campuses, both located in Stanly County.

For additional information on SCC's participation in the AACC's Pathways Project, contact Dr. Myra Furr, Associate Vice President of Student Success at 704-991-0202.