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About Pathway to College


What is Pathway

  • Pathway to College serves youth, 16 to 21 years old, who have dropped out of school or are significantly behind in credits and unlikely to graduate. The dual credit program allows students to earn a high school diploma while progressing toward a college degree or certificate. 
  • Pathway to College operates as a program within a community college. Students are welcomed and are seen as adult college students at Highline.  Pathway to College classes can be offered both during the day and in the evening, providing much needed flexibility for working students or students with children.

What Pathway Offers

  • Pathway to College students learn how to succeed in an educational setting, under the guidance of a caring team of instructors and resource specialists with experience and interest in dropout youth.
  • The program achieves success by combining high academic expectations with one-on-one advising and support. Resource specialists help with issues ranging from transportation and study habits to pathway selection and applying for scholarships.
  • Highline follows federal guidelines under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) which means that only students have access to their college grades and records. Release of Information forms are available at the Registration counter.
  • Tuition and books are free if you qualify for the Pathway to College program.

How Pathway Works

  • Pathway to College is available fall, winter and spring quarters.
  • 1 learning cohort of 20-25 students for each quarter
  • Students will be chosen based on eligibility requirements and readiness for the program.
  • Students should have a strong desire to learn and be comfortable working in a group setting.