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Pathway Cohorts

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What are Pathway Cohorts?

A Pathway Cohort is a group of students in the same career pathway or a specific population taking some of the same classes together. There is a designated Pathway Course that all cohort students will have in common.  Additionally, cohort students are provided a weekly “Common Hour” built into their schedules to take advantage of planned activities including tutoring, career exploration, and learning/peer support specifically geared toward their chosen Pathway.

Who can Join a Pathway Cohort?

First-year students or anyone who meets the prerequisites of the Pathway Course. We currently have Pathway Cohorts for Healthcare, Business, STEM, College-Readiness, Honors, African-America Student Initiatives, Computer & Integrated Engineering, and Spanish Heritage Language Learners.

Why Join a Pathway Cohort?

  • Take the recommended classes for getting a great start in a particular Pathway.
  • Take classes and make friends with peers that have similar interests.
  • Have a peer guide within the pathway available for questions and assistance.
  • Have a scheduled Common Hour room and time to meet with peers to socialize or study.
  • Be able to participate in specific activities and get access to additional campus resources.

How Do I Enroll in a Pathway Cohort?

Talk to your advisor when you enroll for classes or email

What Pathway Cohorts are Available?

Spring 2024 Cohorts

Enrollment for Spring 2024 Pathway Cohorts is now open!

See BCTC Advising Hub Pathway Cohorts for specific cohort information.

  • For any pre-Healthcare program, including Nursing
  • Required Pathway Course is BIO 137 + Choose either MAT 150, MA 111U or PSY 110
  • For any pre-Healthcare program, including Nursing
  • Required Pathway Course is BIO 139
  • For any students that place into IRW 85, ENG 101 + 100 corequisite, MAT 011, or MAT 075
  • Option 1:  Required course FYE 105 + Choose one or both of IRW 085, MAT 011
  • Option 2:  Required course MAT 075 + Choose one or both of FYE 105, ENG 101 + 100
  • For incoming students who are 25 or older and need online classes
  • Required Pathway Courses are FYE 105 and ENG 101
  • For any students who identifies as African American
  • Required Pathway Course is FYE 105 or HIS 261
  • For more information please contact
  • For students who identify as LatinX, Immigrant or Refugees.
  • Required Course FYE 105
  • For more information, please contact

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Each Pathway Cohort requires enrollment in one specific course designated as the Pathway Course. Some cohorts also require enrolling in at least one from a selection of additional courses related to the pathway. When you enroll in the specific Pathway Course, you will also be enrolled in a Pathway Common Hour [Denoted as AOCCR: College Career & Readiness on your schedule].

Participation in the common hour is voluntary, but highly encouraged. This time and room are provided for students within a Pathway Cohort to gather for social and academic activities during a time when they are on campus and do not have scheduled classes. Some classes may provide extra credit for attendance.

Yes. After enrolling in the Pathway Course for a particular cohort, you will be enrolled in a specific Pathway Common Hour.  This common hour will appear as a course with a room and time and will be designated as AOCCR: College Career & Readiness. The Common Hour is NOT a credit-bearing course and will not appear on your transcript, only on your schedule.

For more information, please contact BCTC Student Success and Retention: