Pathway to Empowerment at Lake Erie College

Pathway to Empowerment (P2E) prepares students for immediate employability and what it means to live meaningfully in the real world.

The Pathway to Empowerment (P2E) signature program takes students on a journey of transformation that leads to a life of personal significance and professional success. This program is designed to empower our students to reach their full potential at Lake Erie College and beyond. To get there, we guide students through four key developmental stages that prepare them for the post-collegiate world intellectually, personally and professionally.

Networking and Friendship

In January 2020, Power-Up students Lauren Nehoda and Kirsten Wilson attended a Lunch with Leaders event at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo! During this event, they were able to network with CEOs and leaders in Northeast Ohio. After the experience, Nehoda stated, "At this event, I learned to always take an opportunity that’s presented to you. I plan to use what I learned in the future to get an internship as well as to hopefully work for a nonprofit company."

Kirsten Wilson ('23) and Lauren Nehoda ('21)

Power-Up Scholarship Program

Pathway to Empowerment

As part of the Pathway to Empowerment (P2E), Lake Erie College's Power-Up Program allows students to earn scholarships by engaging in empowering activities throughout the school year.


HU 110: Introducing the Pathway to Empowerment (P2E)

All Incoming freshman are required to complete this course in the fall. In this course, students get an introduction to college life including success strategies, self-assessment, informational interviews and more.

  • Power-Up students will enroll in HU111: Applications of Self-Discovery, a course that runs in the spring. This course will help students build an ePortfolio and get individualized plans for their personal and professional development.

Self Discovery

The first step in the Pathway to Empowerment Signature Program is Self-Discovery. Find your place of purpose and make connections while discovering more about who you are and who you want to become.

First-Year Experience


Learn more about our HU 110 First year Experience Course and how it sets the foundation for our Pathway to Empowerment Initiative.


Students build upon Self-Discovery insights by attending personal and professional development workshops, engaging in informational interviews or job shadowing, and other forms of significant experiential learning preparation.

  • Power-Up Students will learn about how to harness their unique gifts using their StrengthsQuest assessment results and tailored feedback to achieve their goals.

Developing Personal Attributes

The second phase of Lake Erie College's Pathway to Empowerment program is about developing Strong Personal Attributes. Apply your new insights to strengthen your skills and abilities as your grow personally and professionally.


Students will work to identify needs and develop innovative solutions to make a positive impact in the community through significant experiential learning.

Students will seek out local professionals or alumni mentors and begin growing in a network of empowering relationships that will position them for real world success.

  • Laurel Society society students work in small groups to carefully plan out Legacy Service Projects during their junior year.

Creative Problem Solving

The third stage of the Pathway to Empowerment (P2E) is Creative Problem-Solving. Developing the ability to do creative problem-solving prepares you to adapt in a variety of situations and are therefore among the most sought after skills in any industry.


Students demonstrate leadership by serving as mentors to other students, scholarship by being able to communicate applied learning, and service through their engagement in the local community.

In this step, students are able to finalize their ePortfolios and are able to effectively communicate their strong attributes as they prepare to embark on their journey after graduation.

  • Laurel Society students carry out their Legacy Service Projects to positively impact the local community during their senior year.

Balancing Goals

The fourth stage of the Pathway to Empowerment challenges you to look at the bigger picture by balancing Personal and Professional Goals with the Needs of Others. At Lake Erie College, we are committed to finding ways every day to make a positive impact on the lives of others. We want to empower you to leave behind a legacy after you graduate.

Why is P2E essential to a student's college experience?

Each year, LEC students will add experiences and reflections to an e-portfolio. By the time students reach their senior year, they will be prepared for the rigors of the job hunt, skilled at the interview process, and have a deeper understanding of both personal and professional goals and how to achieve them.

Annalise Gatuatis, M.Ed.

Director of Co-Curricular Engagement and Diversity Initiatives

1 (440) 375-7423

Lincoln Library - Office 23