Helping Students Along Pathways to Educational Success S chool was not really Bryan Wint’s thing when he was growing Bryan Wint staff profile up in Waltham. “My guidance counselor said I was a good student in the wrong environment,” recalled Wint, MCC’s Director of Academic Advising & Academic Pathways. “I really wasn’t the best student, and I didn’t have a lot of options after graduation.” Wint landed at Middlesex in 1999 studying liberal arts. After a year, he transferred to UMass Lowell where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in community & social psychology. “Going to Middlesex and then living at UML was a great opportunity to get out of my environment,” he said. “Everything took off from there.” Living proof that every student’s path is different, Wint was awarded his associate degree – after completing his master’s degree – when he came back to Middlesex to teach a course. “Through my transcript, they awarded me my degree – a reverse transfer,” he said. In January 2016, after serving five years as the Coordinator of Transfer Affairs & Articulation at Mass Bay Community College in Wellesley, Wint joined the advising staff at MCC as a Transfer Counselor. The following August, he assumed the newly created position of Director of Academic Advising & Academic Pathways. Now focused on academic and career advising, Wint is charged with presenting clear, easy-to-follow “pathways” for Middlesex students to follow in order to reach their educational goals. These “maps” are designed to lead students to their desired degree – and career – in an efficient, step-by-step way. “We have a very diverse student body here at MCC, including many students who are the first in their family to go to college and who may not be familiar with the college process or the lingo,” said Wint. “These students have different needs than a traditional student at a four-year university. We may take some things for granted and think college is easy to navigate, but it really isn’t.” MCC’s new Pathways Maps (which can help undecided students zero in on a program of study) and Academic Maps (which provide a semester-by-semester breakdown of each program’s curriculum) have been in development – in collaboration with faculty and staff – for a couple of years, Wint explained. They were unveiled for the 2015-16 school year. Explaining Pathways Maps and Academic Maps at an Open House. Wint advises students Andrea Miles (left) and Michael Stewart. Pathways Maps were designed for first-year students who may still be exploring academic and career options. By dividing the college’s 70+ major programs of study into seven general “pathways” – Arts & Humanities, Business, Education, Health, Public Service, STEM (science, technology, engineering & math), and Social Science – advisors can help undecided students focus on a general area of interest. Continued on the next page. Profiles | 11