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MCC awarded participation in multi-million dollar Texas Pathways Grant

Posted: October 7, 2019

McLennan Community College has been selected to participate in Texas Pathways Grant based on the College's outstanding accomplishments and dedication to student success. The $11 million five-year grant, administered by the Texas Success Center, a division of the Texas Association of Community Colleges, 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. MCC has been recognized as a Cadre 1+ college in the Texas Pathways strategy, honoring its diligent work and commitment to advancing pathway practices.

"I'm excited about the next phase in our work in building seamless academic pathways for our students from their entry to the College to their successful transfer and/or move into a profession," said Dr. Fred Hills, vice president of instruction at MCC. "Being recognized as a 1+ college in the second round of Texas Success Center's Pathways Initiative defines MCC as a trend setter among Texas community colleges in pathway development. I look forward to the improvements and innovations we will develop as we continue this important work."

Based on the American Association of Community College (AACC) 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 1+ have previously implemented all or nearly all guided pathways essential practices at scale, and in Round Two will evaluate implementation and institutionalize ongoing review and improvements.

"Texas is very fortunate to have a set of funding partners willing to invest in the important work of the community colleges. The Texas Success Center and our funding partners are impressed by the college commitment to design and implement pathways" said Dr. Cynthia Ferrell, vice president of the Texas Success Center. "We are excited to work with MCC as they continue to transform student experiences."