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Dear partners and innovators, 

The Lab's travels continue this weekend, when Lab Founder + CEO Kathleen deLaski joins Lee Lambert, Chancellor of Pima Community College in Arizona, for a session at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) annual convening in New York City.

AACC Annual 2022
Micro-pathways: A Gateway to Community College Transformation
Sunday, May 1, 3:10 to 3:55 p.m. EST 
Murray Hill West, New York Hilton Midtown (Details)

Chancellor Lambert will talk about how Pima is using the micro-pathways design process to help transform one of the largest multi-campus community colleges in the nation. Pima designed eight micro-pathways through the Lab’s Community College Growth Engine Fund in 2020-21. 

This isn't the first time Lambert and deLaski joined forces. You may remember the op-ed they co-authored in the AACC's Community College Daily in November 2021: Have we found the gateway to transform community colleges?

Can't attend the AACC panel on Sunday? We've compiled some quick highlights from an ASU+GSV Summit session featuring Chancellor Lambert on the same topic (pictured above). 

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What was one of the biggest takeaways from the process? 
Hint: It involves this tool.

📺  Watch the clip
 

How have micro-pathways helped your college design curriculum?
Lambert explains this example: Automotive Service Technician mico-pathway.
 

📺  Watch the clip 



Could micro-pathways save community college enrollment? 
 

📺 Watch the clip

 

The early impact of micro-pathways on community philanthropy:
 

📺 Watch the clip

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What are micro-pathways? 
Co-designed with learners and employers, micro-pathways are two or more stackable credentials, including a 21st century skill micro-credential, that are flexibly delivered to be achieved within less than a year and result in a job at or above the local median wage.
 

Explore all 30+ micro-pathways
BRIDGES Rural at College of Eastern Idaho
High school students Marco (left) and Danee (right) were offered and accepted summer jobs with a local contractor after meeting at the Construction Combine in Driggs, Idaho. Also pictured is Star (center), a paraprofessional at the high school who volunteered to help with translation for non-English speakers. Students worked alongside experienced contractors to learn framing, drywall, concrete, and more skills on the first day of the combine. On the second day, they built sheds that will be donated to community causes. The event was part of the College of Eastern Idaho's pilot program explained in our recent Insights Brief 
Labbies with Frankie the Falcon, the College of Eastern Idaho mascot. Pictured from left: Nishita Chheda, Leslie DaughertyMaureen Isimbi, and Miriam Swords Kalk
BRIDGES at the Rural Access + Success Summit
Hive-five to our partners who presented at the Rural College Access and Success Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona, on April 26: George Bilokonsky, Dean of Engineering, Business, Technology, and Workforce, Washington State Community College; Mary Stephenson, Director of Early College Programs, College of Eastern Idaho; and Marcie Moore, Dean of Business and Engineering, Zane State College. Catch up on conference highlights: #RCASS2022

Where we're going next

1.  April 20-22: College of Eastern Idaho, Driggs and Idaho Falls, ID
2.  April 24-27: Rural College Access and Success Summit, Scottsdale, AZ #RCASS2022
3.  May 3-5: Washington State Community College and Zane State Community College in Cambridge, Marietta, and Zanesville, OH
4.  May 12-13: Finger Lakes Community College, Canandaigua, NY
5.  May 24-25: Eastern Maine Community College, Bangor and Katahdin region, ME
6.  June 7-8: Horizons Jobs for the Future (JFF) national summit, New Orleans, LA

Be sure to follow our spring tour with @BRIDGESRural on Twitter. We use #LabOnTheGo to share photos on the road. 

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