1.2 Institutes of Religion & PEF/ Self-Reliance Centers
A key element of PathwayConnect’s organizational structure in most locations is its partnership with Seminaries and Institutes of Religion. And in several locations outside the U.S. & Canada, implementation and expansion of PathwayConnect is done in collaboration with the Church’s Perpetual Education Fund (PEF)/Self-reliance centers.
Typically, distance education programs come with significant capital investment. PathwayConnect, however, utilizes already existing institute and other Church facilities for its weekly gatherings and for a portion of its curriculum. Combine that with donated time from missionaries assigned to BYU-Pathway Worldwide, and the program can operate at a relatively low cost—further expanding available locations and opportunities for students.