Guided Pathways

Guided pathways is a complete redesign of the way that the college functions from start to finish.

“The nature of this work is to directly address the social equity disparities that exist in our community, and as a result, allow our students to meet opportunities present in our society,” according to Karl Bailey and Margit Brumbaugh, guided pathway liaisons for Clark College.

Guided pathways creates mobility and equity. It is a nationally renowned endeavor to redesign the way that community colleges work more effectively. This framework is in place throughout Washington State, as well as around the nation.

There are four pillars for guided pathways:
Create clear curricular pathways to employment and further education;
Help students get on a path;
Keep students on a path; and
Ensure that students are learning along their path.

To follow those pillars, students receive advising and assistance with an academic plan, career plan and financial plan. Additionally, guided pathways relies heavily on wraparound services that augment students’ educational journey.

“Every student will have a professional adviser as well as a faculty adviser assigned to them to help them through their process,” said Bill Belden, Clark’s vice president of student services.

The foundation is committed to raising $4 million to support the successful transition to the guided pathways framework.


Listen to a podcast about Lorie and her guided pathways experience.

Discover how Michelle’s path to graduation was enhanced.