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How This Community College Finds its Own Guided Pathway

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More than just a humble community college, Lower Columbia is a school that has risen above and beyond the call of duty to help its students. Its involvement with the nonprofit organization Achieving the Dream helped by gathering important data to inform education policy and assist less fortunate students, while its Guided Pathways system continues to propel students toward their goals. When building a new wing for the school, Lower Columbia had its own dream to achieve, and needed a guided pathway in order to do so. 

Lower Columbia College Building

The Challenge

  • Brand new building wing lacking AV equipment 
  • Crowded AV market 
  • Strict time limit and budget 

The Solution

  • No pre-approval process through Washington state contract 
  • Crestron video switching system 
  • QSC audio processing system with MXW microphones 
  • Standardized roadmap for future endeavors 

The Story  

Since its founding in 1934, Lower Columbia College has dedicated itself to accomplishing goals and achieving dreams. It practices a system of guiding students toward bright futures, helping them meet their education and career goals. The school’s involvement with various nonprofits has also done a lot to aid students from less privileged backgrounds or economic means in their education.  

In the spring of 2019, Lower Columbia had its own dream to achieve. A brand-new wing would be added to the school come summer, and those involved wanted it to enable an optimal modern classroom experience. Like the best classrooms of today, the college hoped to leverage modern technology to enable its faculty to teach a broad spectrum of students in ways more conducive to their different styles of learning, especially for visual learners. 

To do this, it would need a top-quality AV solution, complete with some of the best equipment the industry has to offer. Time was short, and with every other school in the area rushing to accomplish their AV projects during the summer, the market would be crowded. 

Through Continuant’s Washington state contract, the College was able to circumvent the crowded market and avoid the pre-approval process. Continuant provided a brand-new Crestron video switching and processing system, a QSC audio processing system, and MXW microphones. This solution allows professors to easily make presentations with a tap on a screen or plug a single cable into their devices. Students can make use of this as well, now able to deliver presentations with zero-latency in 4K. 

Its new AV roadmap ensures every future product will follow a standardized method to ensure the classroom experience remains consistent room to room. Furthermore, these new classroom solutions make it easier to run remote classes, using the new technology to host online lessons with clear resolution and limited downtime. With COVID-19 forcing the school to continue operations online exclusively, this couldn’t have come at a better time. 

While its budget and timetable will make the final decision, Lower Columbia has a partner it can trust to help it achieve its AV goals.  

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