DENMARK – This past semester, Denmark Technical College launched a brand-new guided pathways program aimed at personalizing the student experience and empowering incoming freshmen to develop educational plans that will help them to meet their career goals. The new system provides the support and guidance students need as they enter college for the first time.
The Panther Pathways program, which revolves around its three tenants, guided pathway, career pathway and perpetual pathway, is in place to welcome students as they first enter the door and carry them all the way through graduation and beyond, ensuring students are engaged in five core areas, including educational planning, understanding the resources available to them, personal development, experiential learning opportunities and relationship building.
“Denmark Technical College students were experiencing a similar trend that many community colleges across the country were noticing, where students were not fully engaged in their education which resulted in lower grades, student satisfaction and graduation rates. We took a hard look at how we were serving our students and developed Panther Pathways. The program fully involves the student in their individualized career path, helps them to develop their identity and gives them the tools they need to reach their full potential,” said Leslie Holman-Brooks, director of career planning and student success.