Q: How does community college help students explore their interests and discover a career?
A: “Our students come and go for so many reasons. The majority of our students are part time, and that’s a very different experience than a traditional four-year college where all you do is attend classes. This past fall, we introduced the Second Semester Pathways Program, which builds on the First Year Experience curriculum. We started with 18 sections and about 100 students, and we grew that to 107 sections with over 800 students,” says Karen Miller, provost of Cuyahoga Community College. “Students spend time with faculty in their major and their areas of interests, so they’re more likely to be engaged. If you want the experience to be meaningful, you have to create something intentional.”