Findings from Student Focus Groups at Two California Community Colleges
To inform the guided pathways design process, the Career Ladders Project conducted sixteen focus groups with community college students to learn how students chose a major, selected courses and what they found to be helpful in navigating their college experience.
Our finding revealed that:
- Students find choosing a major to be a difficult task that requires career exploration and an understanding of how different majors and careers connect.
- Most students find choosing the right courses and getting into the courses they need to be challenging.
- While students value support services when they can access them, many students were unaware of the available supports.
- Students yearn for a sense of community, peer connection, and culturally relevant curriculum and experiences.