About the Path Breakers Program
Funded by a generous grant from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the Path Breakers Program is a forward-looking program designed to help students prepare for the “what comes next” in their academic or professional career. It aims to meet students “where they are at” and, over the course of their tenure with CINC, prepare them to successfully transition to their post-CINC goals.
For many students, this will be a transfer to a four-year institution. For others, it will be pursuing careers or vocational programs (N.B., CINC does not currently offer vocational programs). Native American students often face numerous challenges transitioning from the reservation or the tribal college experience to life in a major university. Path Breakers offers a summer experience week, workshops throughout the academic year, one-on-one mentoring, post-CINC follow-up, and early access to college tours and student programs at other campuses. The goal is to identify challenges – academically, culturally, and socially – students face transitioning to a university and to build programs and opportunities to mitigate those challenges.