Guided Pathways is an educational strategy that simplifies the entry and course selection process for students. This research-based approach is a proven way to help more students successfully graduate and/or transfer. A core component is the adoption of "meta-majors" to help students figure out the general career direction they're headed within the first quarter. LCC’s current list of "meta-majors" (which enhance rather than replace individual degrees and certificates) includes:
Lower Columbia College was selected along with four other institutions in 2018 to receive $500,000 over five-years from College Spark Washington to implement the Guided Pathways approach. The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges matched the grant, bringing the five-year total to $1 million.