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Laramie County Community College talks Pathways, Human & Public Service

Published: Sep. 17, 2021 at 5:01 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Laramie County Community College was conceived in the Spring of 1968, despite opposition claiming the community lacked the resources to make it possible. Fast forward 50 years, and now LCCC offers eight Pathways, all uniquely developed to be more flexible than a traditional college education.

The Human & Public Services Pathway allows students to explore careers; from Paralegal and Criminal Justice, to Psychology and Education.

“We kind of are the bread and butter, is how I like to say, at LCCC. We serve those students with very stable careers - those students who want to serve others. It is kind of the ideal pathway if you want to help others and serve others to be in the human public services pathway,” said Human & Public Service Pathway Coordinator, Dr. Danielle Ryan.

Ximena Gutierrez is a psychology student, with a focus in social work as well as a basketball student athlete. As a first generation college student, Gutierrez wanted to pursue higher education, but wasn’t quite sure where to start.

She said her teachers and advisors within the Human & Public Services Pathway helped guide her towards a career.

“I think it is how you get started. I think it is how you lead on to your next steps in your life. I think that it is a good opportunity considering the professors here truly care about teaching you and showing you what your future can and will look like and I think that if you are confused, if you are not sure what you want to study, if you don’t know what you want to pursue in your future, the first step would be Pathways. That is how you find the community and comfort of asking those questions and getting the answers and not having them be sugarcoated,” said Gutierrez.

As the second largest pathway, the Human and Public Service program serves over 500 students and offers 55 scholarships. From entry to career, the program focuses on applied learning through internships, networking and job shadowing, and encourages students to experience career paths themselves.

“It’s a phenomenal program, our students are really blessed. I have students right now that I have had for three weeks and they are already saying ‘hey, I really found a passion in this. I want to switch over to that program’ and we have that system built for students here at LCCC,” said Ryan.

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