Guided Pathways

Pathways Steering Committee Meetings
All meetings are 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Report on Guided Pathway Initiative


The Guided Pathways system that will be launched in Fall 2016 creates clear routes for students from beginning to degree completion or transfer.  Students will be able to plan their full- or part-time schedule for their entire program and understand program requirements, with milestones marked along the way to support monitoring of their progress.  Jackson College is one of 12 Michigan community colleges working on this initiative.


  • Ashley Banks, Marketing
  • Jacklyn Burkhard, Behavorial Sciences
  • Todd Butler, Dean of Arts & Sciences
  • Marcie Clone, Information Technology
  • Charlotte Finnegan, Title III
  • Mallory Frailing, Admissions
  • Jeremy Frew, Vice President of Student Services
  • Dianne Hill, Business and Computer Technology
  • Amanda Janes, Hillsdale Center
  • Dotty Karkheck, Marketing
  • John Knevel, Foundation Studies
  • Sara Main, Mathematics and Engineering
  • Michael Masters, Dean, JC @ LISD Tech
  • Zak McNitt, Registrar
  • Ted Miller, Foundation Studies
  • Brian Newberry, Instructional Designer
  • Syd Thomas, Language, Literature and Arts
  • Nathan Venske, Student Services



A broad content area that students choose as they begin college. Programs of study at Jackson College are organized into these six career pathways:

  • Business and Computer Technology
  • Health Sciences
  • Human Services
  • Liberal Arts
  • Science, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
  • Skilled Trades and Agriculture

A recommended sequence of courses that can serve as a default plan for students who intend to pursue the program of study. A program map may be flexible—providing options for fulfilling a particular General Education Outcome, for example. Students and their student success navigators will use program maps as guides for building schedules when the prescribed default plan is not appropriate or advisable.


All students receive support in selecting the program of study that best fits their interests and goals. Those who need some time to make that decision will follow an exploratory path designed for their pathway until they have chosen a program. Exploratory paths guide students through a set of courses that meet academic requirements that are common across several related programs of study. By adhering to these paths, students are able to explore degree options without losing credit or time toward completion.


Points along the path to program completion that are designed to help students know they are on course. Milestones are also a means of tracking students’ progress and intervening when necessary—to provide extra support or to discuss alternative program options. The intent is to give students useful feedback early and often.