History and Timeline


  • Fall 2018: Seattle Colleges District Chancellor Dr. Shouan Pan announced during the Convocation ceremony that Seattle Colleges would begin the process of adopting the Guided Pathways approach at all its colleges, and called it "Seattle Pathways." Seattle Central President Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange announced at President's Day that the school year would be Seattle Central's Pathways "Year of Learning." 
  • Fall 2018-Spring 2019: A cross-functional team from across the college formed around an interest in "The First Year Experience."  
  • Winter 2019: Seattle Central had its formal Seattle Pathways kick-off event with over 100 employees in attendance. The event was hosted by the director of the Student Success Center at the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, Kristi Wellington-Baker. 
  • Spring 2019: Executive Leadership attended the American Association of Community Colleges Guided Pathways 101 Planning and Implementation Summit in Chicago.  
  • Spring 2019: Seattle Central formed its Pathways organizational structure, which includes a cross-functional Guiding Team with 28 members from each area of the College.  
  • Fall 2019: President's Day was themed "We Light the Path," and the President's message detailed data that supports the need for a Seattle Pathways approach. Professional Development Day was themed with Seattle Pathways, and workshops introduced the framework. The College also launched 5 Pathways Work Groups that will identify areas for improvement and propose reforms and solutions. The college also received a Title III federal grant that will support professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, designed to improve student success at the college.
  • Winter 2020: Seattle Central teams attended the SBCTC Guided Pathways Launch Summit, Racial Equity Adaptive Leadership Institute, Annual Conference on the First Year Experience, and other professional development. Professional Development was themed with Seattle Pathways, focusing on collaborative data inquiry. The Guiding Team will lead efforts to submit Seattle Central's 5 Year Work Plan to the State Board.  
  • Spring 2020-present: Guided Pathways Work Groups and other leaders continue to use the framework, grounded in the Black Solidarity Think Tank and Student Voices, to achieve our student success and equity goals. The work is evolving as new efforts and projects emerge. Currently, over 70 employees and students are involved in Guided Pathways.