The Laramie County Community College Board of Trustees approved the creation of new pathways for students that pertain to their education and their field of study.
LCCC is going to change the way students see their majors by helping them navigate and create opportunities for future students by organizing all majors into seven pathways, which are communities of interest designed to help students match their career goals and interests into specific programs. The seven Pathways are: Agriculture and Equine; Business and Finance; Communication and Creative Arts; Healthcare and Wellness; Human and Social Services; Industry and Trades; and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
In each pathway, like-minded majors can keep credits if they decide to change from one major to another. For example, if a student from the Communication and Creative Arts pathway chose Mass Media as a major and later decided to switch to theater for the second semester,, that student will be able to keep general studies credits without losing credits or time toward the new degree field.
Here are how the Pathways will be laid out:
The Agriculture and Equine pathway will have Agriculture and Equine Sciences together.
The Business and Finance pathway will group accounting, business, finance, and business management together
The Communication and Creative Arts pathway include the programs in the School of Arts and Humanities, including art, English, liberal arts, mass media and multimedia, music, Spanish, and theatre.
The Healthcare and Wellness pathway will group dental hygiene, EMS/EMT, exercise science, fire science, health-information technology, health science, nursing, physical therapist assistant, radiography, sonography, speech-language pathology, and surgical technology.
The Human and Social Services pathway will group anthropology, criminal justice education, government studies, history, human services, paralegal, psychology and social sciences.
The Industry and Trades pathway will group auto body repair, auto tech, building technologies, computer info systems, construction management, cybersecurity, diesel tech, engineering tech, HVAC/R, industrial maintenance, technical studies, welding, and wind energy.
The last Pathway is the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) pathway, which will include computer science, engineering, mathematics, and natural science.
The pathways are designed to give students more confidence to try different degrees without risking losing credits or having to take extra credits in the process of graduating in two years. Board members also said that some program options may change as a result of the guided Pathways work.