AC Awarded Participation in Multi-Million Dollar Texas Pathways Grant



October 2, 2019 


(Lufkin, TX) – Angelina College officials on Wednesday announced that the college has been selected to participate in Texas Pathways, a “comprehensive, statewide five-year strategy to build capacity for Texas community colleges to implement structured academic and career pathways at scale,” according to the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC).


The $11 million, five-year grant awarded AC is administered by the Texas Success Center, a division of the TACC, and is designed to support the implementation of guided pathways.  The Center organizes community colleges in one of four cadres to support the redesign of student experiences. Angelina College has been recognized as a Cadre 3 college in the Texas Pathways strategy, honoring its diligent work and commitment to advancing pathway practices.


AC President Dr. Michael Simon said, “We are so pleased to continue the work associated with Texas Pathways, which will result in structured academic and career pathways for students at AC.  I deeply appreciate the diligence of faculty and staff working to adopt the pathways model at AC.”     


Based on the American Association of Community College (AACC) Pathways Model, Texas Pathways is an integrated, system-wide approach to student success based on intentionally designed and clearly structured educational experiences that guide each student effectively and efficiently from the selection of their high school endorsement to entry into higher education and attainment of high-quality credentials and careers.


Texas Pathways Round Two is the next evolutionary step of the pathways strategy to provide continuous support for colleges as they redesign the student experience. Cadres enable a multi-tiered approach to meet a wide variety of needs by grouping colleges at similar stages. Colleges in Round Two Cadre 3 have strengthened core capacities and initiated a strategy to implement guided pathways essential practices at scale, and in Round Two will advance their progress by implementing essential practices.


“Texas is very fortunate to have a set of funding partners willing to invest in the important work of the community colleges,” Dr. Cynthia Ferrell, Vice President of the Texas Success Center, said. “The Texas Success Center and our funding partners are impressed by the college commitment to design and implement pathways.


“We are excited to work with Angelina College as they continue to transform student experiences.”


For further information regarding Texas Pathways, please visit



The Texas Success Center, a member of the national Student Success Center Network, supports TACC colleges’ efforts to improve student success and directs Texas Pathways, a statewide strategy focused on building capacity for community colleges to design, implement, and continuously improve structured academic and career pathways at scale, for all students.  For more information, visit


The Student Success Center Network, a group of state-based student success centers, JFF, national partners, and local and national funders, champions a shared vision to dramatically and equitably increase the number of students earning postsecondary credentials with labor market value. For more information, visit


Angelina College has for more than 50 years served the entire East Texas community, extending the college’s influence throughout Angelina and 12 surrounding counties. The college offers degrees and certifications in more than 30 different occupational and academic areas of study vital to both employment opportunities and college transfer purposes. In addition, AC has partnered with area high schools in developing dual-credit programs in order to provide students an early start to achieving their overall academic goals. For more information, visit