Pasadena City College’s Asian Pacific Islander Advisory Committee hosted the “Paving a Successful Pathway: From High School to College, Career and Beyond” seminar for prospective college students in the Craveling Lounge on Saturday.
The event, which went from 9 a.m to 12:15 p.m., consisted of a series of faculty-led workshops to assist high school and middle school students and their parents in the transition from high school to college, as well as the transferring process from Pasadena City College into a 4 year institution. Representatives from UC Berkeley and UCLA were also at the event to answer any questions that the students and parents might have.
They explained the transfer agreements that Pasadena City College and their respective colleges have with one another- the TAP (Transfer Acceptance Priority) and TAG (Transfer Acceptance Guaranteed) programs, to be specific. Both programs are designed to help highly motivated and achieving students get accepted into leading UC’s and other public schools. Universities involved in the TAP program includes both UCLA and UC Berkeley, while UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Santa Cruz participate in the TAG program.
Furthermore, the students had the opportunity to get educated about the college’s PATHWAYS Program. And just for attending the seminar, they were guaranteed a spot in the program, as well.
The PATHWAYS Program was established four years ago, in 2011, by Dr. Brock Klein to help students get the classes they need to graduate in a timely manner and achieve their educational or professional goals. The program comprises of five different “Paths,” specialized sub-programs to aid students with their individual needs.
There exists the Ujima Program, created for African American students, programs for international, engineering and design, and media students, and Excel for all others who do not fall into a particular category. PATHWAYS also include three first-year programs to ensure that every incoming freshmen has a successful experience at the college: “One Book, One College,” Summer Bridge,” and ” The FYP Student Success Team.”
According to Lily Tran, an advisor of PATHWAYS, the program is responsible for the increase in the college’s student retention rate and for the more educationally committed student body.
“The most rewarding thing about working in the program is that I get to see each and every one of my students succeed,” says Tran. “I also have the reassuring knowledge that the program has something to do with their success.”
Accounting major and second-year PATHWAYS student, Andrew Chen, says the program has been helpful.
“The best thing about the PATHWAYS is that the students can get the classes they need and graduate on time,” Chen says. “PATHWAYS makes it so the students educational journey is not such a lonely process.”
Kelly Liu, another second-year PATHWAYS student, agrees.
“I like PATHWAYS because it provides me the resources I need to navigate through my educational journey,” Liu says. “Resources like the tutoring and counseling services are definitely helpful to me.”