Based on outstanding accomplishments and dedication to student success, Hill College has been selected to participate in Texas Pathways.
The $11 million five-year grant is administered by the Texas Success Center, a division of the Texas Association of Community Colleges, and is designed to support the implementation of guided pathways. The center organizes community colleges in one of four cadres to support the redesign of student experiences. Hill College has been recognized as a Cadre 2 college in the Texas Pathways strategy, honoring its diligent work and commitment to advancing pathway practices.
“Hill College is extremely excited to be a recipient of the pathways grant and to be selected in Cadre 2,” Hill College President Pam Boehm. “We have intentionally aligned our strategies with the Texas Pathways movement by working with area public school’s eighth grade career readiness programs by creating a ‘college going culture.’
“We have also aligned our dual credit academic paths with the area school’s [House Bill] 5 endorsements. If we are going to increase the numbers of students going to and completing college, we all need to be speaking the same language. Pathways is one way of doing this.”
The most exciting initative they have developed as a participate in Cadre 2 is the “15 Forward,” she said.
“We are celebrating student’s accomplishments of reaching 15 college credit hours by rewarding them with a Moving Forward at Hill College T-shirt,” she said. “This is to congratulate them for their accomplishments and to encourage them to stay on track to complete. Pathways initiatives not only help students’ succeed, but also contributes to the state’s 60 x 30 strategic plan goal of ensuring at least 60 percent of individuals ages 24-35 will have some type of post-secondary credential by the year 2030.”
Based on the American Association of Community College’s Pathways Model, Texas Pathways is an integrated, system-wide approach to student success based on intentionally designed and clearly structured educational experiences that guide each student effectively and efficiently from the selection of their high school endorsement to entry into higher education and attainment of high-quality credentials and careers.
Texas Pathways Round Two is the next evolutionary step of the pathways strategy to provide continuous support for colleges as they redesign the student experience. Cadres enable a multi-tiered approach to meet a wide variety of needs by grouping colleges at similar stages.
Colleges in Round Two Cadre 2 have previously developed a strategy to implement guided pathways essential practices at scale, and in Round Two will advance progress in essential practices and implement at least one practice at scale.
“Texas is very fortunate to have a set of funding partners willing to invest in the important work of the community colleges,” Texas Success Center Vice President Cynthia Ferrell said. “The Texas Success Center and our funding partners are impressed by the college commitment to design and implement pathways. We are excited to work with Hill College as they continue to transform student experiences.”
For more information regarding Texas Pathways, visit tacc.org/tsc.