April 27, 2021

Sedalia, Missouri  April 27, 2021 – The State Fair Community College Navigator program was recently featured in a webinar presented by What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) in the March release of its new practice guide, “Designing and Delivering Career Pathways at Community Colleges.”   

For more than a decade, the WWC has been a central and trusted source of scientific evidence on education programs, products, practices, and policies. It reviews the research, determines which studies meet rigorous standards and summarizes the findings. The WWC focuses on high-quality research to answer the question “what works in education” and to provide elementary, secondary and post-secondary educators with the answers that will help them make evidence-based decisions that improves classroom practices and ensures student success.  

A panel of six national experts and practitioners compiled the new practice guide that offers evidence-based recommendations. Each recommendation includes research-based strategies and examples for implementing these recommendations at community colleges. SFCC’s Navigator program that began in 2014 to promote student retention and success was one of the examples the WWC recognized. 

As part of SFCC’s Student Success Center, trained navigators work closely with faculty and staff to help students define, clarify and achieve their academic, personal and professional goals. All students admitted to SFCC are assigned a personal navigator based on their area of study. Navigators help students enroll in classes, overcome obstacles and stay on track to graduation. To learn more about the Navigator program, go to www.sfccmo.edu/navigator.  

The WWC is an investment of the Institute of Education Sciences within the U.S. Department of Education that was established in 2002. To learn more, visit whatworks.ed.gov. 

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