Pathways to College and Careers (PaCC)
Pathways to College and Careers (PaCC) is a workshop series and internship program for JXTA youth to create pathways and support entry into higher education, entrepreneurship, and other professional career fields. PaCC Jam Sessions occur roughly once a month with an hour and a half of hands-on professional development, followed by a kickback session in collaboration with Tactical Urbanism.
Origins of PaCC
PaCC grew out of the relationship with the University of Minnesota’s Landscape Architecture department through the program, ReMix. This program is a joint venture between the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs College of Design and Juxtaposition Arts. Beginning in 2005, the university’s students and JXTA apprentices have been coming together to collaboratively teach, learn, research and design for mutual benefit. The partnership is based in the belief that building and linking the social, human and cultural assets of a community with the development of its physical and economic capital is necessary achieve neighborhood revitalization outcomes.
PaCC looks to build upon this relationship with JXTA’s mission to develop community by engaging and employing young urban artists in hands-on education initiatives that create pathways to self-sufficiency while actualizing creative power.