by Wendy Nelson
Palomar College launched the Palomar Pathways Mapper in June. The user-friendly site begins with seven “meta-majors,” designed to help students narrow down their choices. Each grouping leads to a menu of degrees and certificates. Once a student selects one of these options, they will find a variety of useful information that will help them reach their desired goal.
Each pathway page provides an overview of the field:
- overview of the degree or certificate
- “learning outcomes” students can expect to achieve
- a range of salaries in related careers
- an industry growth outlook
- an easy-to-read, term-by-term course schedule
There are several links to Palomar Pathways on the college website so students and community members can learn about the degrees and certificates available at the College.
Counselors are also using the tool while working with students during counseling appointments. According to Associate Professor/Counselor, Karan Huskey, a cybersecurity student told her, “I have attended several local colleges, and this is the first time I really understand how a degree works.” Another student said, “I love the way this is hands on, and if I need to change a course from my educational plan, I feel like I’m more comfortable selecting my classes now.”
The Palomar Pathways mapper will be updated annually to reflect new degrees and certificates. The College is also working with CSUSM to improve transfer and graduation rates using the mapper tool. Students interested in starting at Palomar College and then transferring to CSUSM will soon be able to see a map of all four years - the first two at Palomar and the second two at CSUSM.