New Spokane Community College President Aims to Provide Stability

SPOKANE — As a first-generation college student in Northern California, Kimberlee Messina changed her major three times before completing a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s in Spanish.

So it’s fitting that Messina, who started as president of Spokane Falls Community College in June, is focused on helping students choose academic paths that suit their interests and career goals.

As president, one of her top priorities is establishing a “guided pathways” program to provide SFCC students with improved counseling and information about job options, such as salary data. The program, which SFCC began adopting before other schools in Washington, is one example of SFCC’s “willingness to embrace innovation,” she said.

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