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Palomar Pathways “Wins” – July/August 2019

Good news for ESL students

Effective Fall 2019 both ESL 103 and ESL 106 will now be approved for CSUGE Area C2 and IGETC 3B (humanities)!  This curriculum change was made in response to AB705. It is great news for ESL students because they will now receive humanities general education units that transfer to CSU or UC schools if they take one of these courses prior to English 100.

High School students earn a Digital Publisher Certificate!

This past spring, 18 Bonsall high school students earned a college-level Digital Publishing Certificate through Palomar College’s Dual Enrollment agreement. The students were able to take a sequence of four Palomar College courses at Bonsall High School during the day, at no extra cost to them!

Palomar College has similar Dual Enrollment agreements with 12 local high schools.  High school students can take Palomar College classes for free. For more information on Palomar’s Dual Enrollment Program, please visit

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

CPL is a strategy that helps students get credit for what they already know and can do, saving them time and money on their educational path. In 2018, Governor Brown signed two bills that mandate CPL in California Community Colleges (SB1071, AB1786). Palomar College is at the forefront of this new initiative, working in partnership with the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Foundation to develop learning assessment methods, streamline internal processes to award credit and remove the burden from students to pursue this option. CPL benefits our non-traditional students (25+) who have gained skills through military, workplace and civic experiences.

Career Technical Education (CTE) new web page

Career Technical Education launched a new web page, “Career Programs” in June that provides a centralized location featuring videos about programs, their gainful employment information, and industry sector related information. This is a perfect demonstration of Pillar 2, Enter the Path for students!

STEM Robotics & Biology Summer Institute

Vice President of Instruction (VPI) attend the STEM Robotics & Biology Summer Institutes and was impressed with the engagement of young and diverse students in the STEM fields.  This intensive opportunity allowed students to apply knowledge in several interdisciplinary fields, and to produce amazing research projects. VPI Kahn commented: “The pride that exuded from the students who presented their projects was just palpable. These Guided Pathway summer projects really help us connect with our community and provide wonderful educational opportunities for students.  Go STEM team!”


Palomar Pathway “Wins” – April 2019

Welding Technology

Career readiness course taught in four weeks!  This past winter intersession 30 students worked hard over the 4 week winter intersession to complete a capstone course in the welding program.  All 30 students passed their test to earn a welding certification. Thank you Welding Technology professors for creating a path to a career for these students, and thank you Kevin Powers for sharing!

Dental Assisting

Dental Assisting completed a self-assessment study and will be updating their practices to ensure student success. As a result, the graduate student survey will be shortened, mailed and emailed to facilitate more responses. Additionally, Faculty have been using Starfish data to identify “at risk” students and reaching out to them to discuss their options for success.  In 2013, Dental Assisting added a DA57 Dental Science course and a DA50 Intro to Dental Science & Dental Occupations as a prerequisite, which increased their retention rate by 92% (was at 72%) in the last 5 years. Good job Dental Assisting!



Palomar Pathway “Wins” – March 2019

Our Guided Pathways plan outlines five years of actions that we will work on in order to transition how we think about a student’s experience at Palomar to be one where the students’ needs are our primary concern.  We would like to highlight some of the quick “Wins” we have achieved thus far in our implementation.

The first “win” involves innovative scheduling at our new Education Centers in Rancho Bernardo and Fallbrook.  In order to better serve students, block scheduling (classes scheduled around students’ needs to facilitate on-time completion) has been used to develop a clear semester-by-semester course pathway to help students obtain their degree or certificate in a timely manner.

Another great “win” that occurred in the Fall ‘18 semester was in our Fire Academy.  Forty Fall ‘18 and Spring ‘19 Fire Academy recruits turned in paperwork to receive a “Certificate of Achievement.”  What does that mean?  All recruits who complete the Fire Academy program will be “Certified!” What did Fire Academy do differently?  They handed out certification applications to every Fire Academy recruit and were completed in class. The applications were then collected and sent in with their Evaluations package. This Spring semester, they are going to hand out the application to all classes for students who anticipate completion of certificates or degrees, and expect to have 99% recruits certified. They will continue to collect and send the documents to Evaluations as a packet.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING MORE “WINS” from Fire Academy and other departments who are proactively guiding students to completion.