What is a parallel pathway?
A parallel pathway is a second program of study that students identify when they begin taking classes at HACC. Having a parallel pathway allows students to identify options if they want or need to change their major. A parallel pathway helps students explore opportunities within their program of study and understand their career options.
Why should I create a parallel pathway?
- About 28%* of associate-degree-seeking students change their major.
- Selective criteria such as minimum grade point averages or pre-entry exams may prevent you from continuing in your chosen major.
- You will be prepared to switch majors without lost credit, delays and panic.
- Good decision making includes exploring alternative options.
*Source: U.S. Department of Education. (2017) https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2018/2018434.pdf
What are my options for parallel pathways?
Your options depend on your interests, values, strengths and other factors. This worksheet can help you work through the decision-making process.
Below are some parallel pathway options for HACC programs.
|If you are interested in…||Consider these programs:|
Business or information technology (IT)
Working with children
Just getting a degree
*Indicates a program that can be completed within one year or less.
How can I find out more or get help?
Career Services staff can help you explore who you are and how to find a good career fit. They offer many resources to help you with self-exploration and career discovery. Please contact Career Services if you would like to set up an appointment.
HACC advisors can help you understand the requirements for your current major as well as parallel pathways you may be considering. Please schedule an appointment with an advisor for this important conversation .