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Guided Pathways at CPTC

Clover Park Technical College is committed to transitioning our processes to the Guided Pathways approach. As part of that transition, the college has been selected as a College Spark grant recipient and will join a cohort of four other Washington community and technical colleges in receiving a total of $1,000,000 over five years to support its comprehensive implementation. As a technical college, Clover Park is uniquely positioned to quickly implement the components of Guided Pathways. Clover Park is strengthening our community through responsive education and services.

Guided Pathways Core Team

Dr. Tawny Dotson (co-chair) - Vice President for Strategic Development
Dean Kelly (co-chair) - Dean of Student Success
Dr. Joyce Loveday - President
Mabel Edmonds - Vice President for Instruction
Scott Latiolais - Vice President for Student Success
Shareka Fortier - Executive Director for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Michelle Hillesland - Dean of Instruction
Dr. Claire Korschinowski - Dean of Instruction
Dr. Chris Mahoney - Associate Dean 
Franklin Clark - Associate Dean (Interim)
Brandon Rogers - Associate Dean
Jenna Pollock - Associate Dean
Cindy Mowry - Director of Enrollment Services
Sam Dana - Director of Institutional Research and Grants
Loren Davis - Director of Northwest Career & Technical High School
Cal Erwin - Director of Student Life
Micalah Pieper - Manager of Outreach and Entry Services
Kristin Copeland - Faculty
Kelley Meeusen - eLearning Coordinator
Bradley Nuxoll - Management Information Systems Coordinator
LaVerta Schmelling - Faculty
Jennifer Weinmann - Faculty
Teresa Borchardt - Curriculum Designer

About Guided Pathways

Guided Pathways is a research-based approach to higher education that simplifies choices for students. While the traditional community college structure features an array of disconnected course, the Guided Pathways model groups courses together to form clear paths through college and into careers. This helps streamline the process for students to select and pursue a degree with a clear and efficient path to completion.

The process of implementing Guided Pathways includes four design principles. Colleges must clarify the paths, mapping out each program journey and establishing detailed information on employment and transfer opportunities at the end of each program. The second principle is to help students choose a path, with support systems in place from the moment of entry to help them identify the best path for them. The third principle is helping students stay on the path through intensive advising and intervention when students stumble along the way. Finally, colleges must align program learning outcomes with requirements for success in further education and employment in the field to ensure students are learning.

Clover Park leadership, faculty, staff, and students are committed to implementing all components of Guided Pathways within five years. As a technical college, CPTC is well-positioned to realize student results quickly and at a large scale and to achieve implementation of all of the Guided Pathways components. CPTC has already begun grouping its 44 programs into seven schools: Aerospace and Aviation; Automotive and Trades; Nursing; Business and Personal Services; Science, Technology, Engineering and Design; Advanced Manufacturing; and Health and Human Development.

“Through the discussion and planning that has occurred at Clover Park over the past two years, our college community has demonstrated the commitment and drive necessary to implement guided pathways principles. We understand large-scale reform, have demonstrated our willingness to make things mandatory, and are ready to take our institution to the next level by fully implementing every aspect of Guided Pathways.”  ~ Dr. Joyce Loveday, CPTC President

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