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Palomar hosts the MATCH with National Numeracy Network Conference – 9/20 & 9/21

Join us for a FREE active and engaging two day conference on Quantitative Reasoning and Numeracy. The conference is facilitated by national leaders in numeracy, quantitative literacy and quantitative rhetoric from the National Numeracy Network (NNN) ( Attendees will learn to incorporate quantitative reasoning (QR) and numeracy into their curriculum in order to develop critical thinking in students, provide students with foundational skills, and to help close equity gaps.  Participants will interact with the concepts of QR in real-world scenarios and discuss incorporating QR into their classes. All faculty from every discipline are invited.  Friday, 9/20/19, 7:30 am-3:30 pm, Saturday, 9/21/19, 8:00 am-3:00 pm. Palomar College –  San Marcos Campus. 

Registration:, Conference flyer – click here.

Working Towards Essential Practices: Impact of Plenary

2019 Plenary

There are 23 Essential Practices within the four pillars of Guided Pathways.  The Essential Practices highlight opportunities we have to help our students succeed.  At plenary this year we offered numerous workshops and two keynotes that will help Palomar faculty and staff work toward adopting the essential practices.  Here are just a few:

  • Pillar 1B: Every program is well designed to guide and prepare students to enter employment and further education in fields of importance to the college’s service area.
    • Workshop: Help our students develop resumes that would attract local employers!
    • Workshop: Improving Online CTE Pathways Grant
  • Pillar 1C:  Detailed information is provided on the college’s website on the employment and further education opportunities targeted by each program.
    • Workshop: “Palomar Makes It Possible” Advertising Campaign Update & Training 
    • Workshop: Clean Up Your Website 
  • There are 3 Essential Practices related to AB705: 1) Pillar 2B: Special supports are provided to help academically under-prepared students to succeed in the “gateway” courses for the college’s major program areas, 2) Pillar 2C: Special supports are provided to help academically under-prepared students to succeed in the program-relevant “gateway” math courses by the end of their first year, and 3) Pillar 2D: Special supports are provided to help academically under-prepared students to succeed in the “gateway” English courses by the end of their first year.
    • Workshop: AB 705 NOW 
    • Workshop: Supporting ESL Students Across the Curriculum 
    • Workshop:AB 705 NOW 
    • Keynote: MATCH Your Course 
    • Workshop: MATCH at the planetarium 
    • Workshop: MATCH Your Course
  • Essential Practices related to degree planning: Pillar 3A:  Advisors monitor which program every student is in and how far along the student is toward completing the program requirements and Pillar 3B  Students can easily see how far they have come and what they need to do to complete their program.
    • Workshop: Vista Detention Facility (VDF) & Transitions Program - Learning for a Better Future 
    • Workshop: Caring Campus 
    • Workshop:: Starfish Degree Planner Boot Camp 
    • Workshop: Starfish Degree Planner Boot Camp 
  • Pillar 3E:  The college schedules courses to ensure students can take the courses they need when they need them, can plan their lives around school from one term to the next, and can complete their programs in as short a time as possible.
    • Workshop: The Completion Academy
  • Pillar 4D: Faculty/programs assess whether students are mastering learning outcomes and building skills across each program, in both arts and sciences and career/technical programs.
    • Workshop: Use Canvas to Streamline and Assess Student Learning Outcomes 
  • Pillar 4B: Instruction across programs (especially in program introductory courses) engages students in active and applied learning, encouraging them to think critically, solve meaningful problems, and work and communicate effectively with others. 
    • Workshop:: No more lectures! 
    • Workshop: Active Learning in Chemistry Courses 
    • Workshop: Demystifying Collaboration
  • Within the Essential Practices are Equity Considerations.  Several plenary workshops provided an opportunity to build our equity Mindedness
    • Workshop:: The Impact of Microaggressions in Academia
    • Workshop: Goals for AB 705 - Equity and Capability 
    • Workshop: Safe Zone Training
    • Keynote Speaker: Tim Wise, “Personal and Institutional Opportunities for Creating Equity”
    • Workshop: Umoja Program Matters
    • Workshop: Integrating Service Learning in Your Course
    • Workshop: Vista Detention Facility (VDF) & Transitions Program, Learning for a Better Future 

Credit for Prior Learning

VPI Jack Kahn and Candace Rose, faculty member serving on the Credit for Prior Learning Curriculum Committee workgroup, recently traveled to Marine Corps University in Quantico, VA to discuss the development of a potential Military Leadership Apprenticeship Program through Palomar College to better serve our active duty and veteran Marine Corps students. 

This potential pathway allows Marine Corps students the opportunity to earn a Palomar College Certificate of Achievement by completing four courses aligned with the Marine Corps Sergeant’s School, and on-the-job training. Students could also earn a Certificate of Achievement from the state of CA as a certified General and Operation Manager, and could go on to compete their GE requirements towards an Associates degree. Discussions are also underway with several 4-year colleges to create a pathway for students to continue to earn a Bachelor’s degree in various applied leadership programs.  The meeting went very well and enthusiasm was strong for all the possibilities. We look forward to bringing you next steps as they develop.

Guided Pathways Student Ambassadors – who are they?

Aimee Perez (far right)

Hi, I’m Aimee Perez, one of The Guided Pathways student ambassadors. As a xicana and first-generation college student, I understand how hard it could be to navigate college. This is why I’m really excited to be a part of The Guided Pathways program! Our hope is that this program will help uplift and support students of all backgrounds.

Emily Radoff (far left)

My name is Emily Radoff and I’m a current student at Palomar College studying literature and film studies. I grew up in a small town in northeastern California called Bishop and then moved to San Diego when I was ten. I have been going to Palomar on and off for the last couple years and I love it, but I wanted to do more to push myself forward and so I plan to transfer to Cal State San Marcos and graduate there. I also wanted to get more involved and help try to make things easier for the students at Palomar. There are so many areas we can improve and systems we can streamline and I am very excited to work with others on how we can do better. Guided Pathways offers a great forum for teachers, faculty, counselors, and students to be in the same room and problem solve. We have already made great steps.

Palomar Pathway “Wins” – September 2019

Fall 2019 Enrollment – Four-week Classes

As part of a Working Adults Initiative, four-week classes have been offered during a full- term for the first time ever this Fall 2019 and enrollments have been very strong. During the 16-week semester, classes are being offered in 4-week sessions that do not overlap so that students can take one intensive class at a time and still finish four classes in the semester. One example is a four-class sequence in Child Development that leads to a teaching assistant permit with the state of California. Popular general education (GE) classes were also offered in Health, Political Science, American Indian Studies, and Sociology. Initial feedback from students and instructors has been positive and through Palomar Pathways, there are plans to develop a “One-Class-at-a-Time” CSU/IGETC GE pattern targeting working adults.  Thank you Dean Pearl Ly for sharing this exciting news.

Bakersfield Mapper

Palomar College has joined forces with Bakersfield College to deliver an interactive pathway experience for our students. They extended invitations to a select number of colleges to learn from them and build intuitive, web-based pathways that can be placed front-and-center for student use.  A bit of groundwork must be completed before the Palomar Pathways are in place. Detailed files consisting of degrees, certificates, and courses have been submitted to Concentric Sky, the consulting firm coordinating the project in collaboration with Bakersfield College and the Chancellor’s Office.  Concentric Sky will review the data and shape it to meet the project requirements.  Locally, Palomar College will determine meta major categories, and convert the paper pathways (Maps) into electronic pathways. Together with the various pieces, the College will transform into the interactive pathways needed to inform and inspire our students.  Stay tuned for more information.

Below is an example of a pathway form Bakersfield's Mapper.
(click on the graphic to link you directly to Bakersfield Mapper website and choose a different pathway.)

The graphic below depicts a demonstration of the pathway flow: Choose a Meta Major, select Degree & Certificate of interest, and discover the Coursework expected and when to enroll in the various courses.

2019 Plenary Highlights – July/August 2019

Plenary Highlights – August 15th & 16th (9am – 4pm)

Fall 2019 All-College Plenary will host an exciting keynote in support of Math Across the Curriculum Holistically (MATCH).  The keynote will address why math across the curriculum is a school wide issue.

Workshops to consider that support GP:

  • AB705 Now
  • The Completion Academy!
  • Goals for AB705 – Equity and Capability
  • Credit for Prior Learning
  • MATCH Your Course
  • MATCH at the planetarium
  • Palomar Makes it Possible” Advertising Campaign Update & Training