WHAT WE DO :
Gateway to College National Network builds the capacity of colleges, school districts, and states to revolutionize education for high school dropouts and underprepared college students so that all young people can achieve college credentials. Our strategies include:
Creating and replicating innovative programs
- Gateway to College helps high school dropouts (ages 16-21) and students on the verge of dropping out to earn a high school diploma while also earning college credits.
Building partnerships that connect K-12 and higher education institutions and communities
Influencing systems by creating change agents who are transforming instruction and student support practices from the inside out
Conducting research and sharing what we know about successfully serving high school dropouts and academically underprepared college students
Helping effect policy and regulatory changes to ensure that Gateway to College and other alternative education models are available in every community that needs them
Providing customized consulting services to colleges and school districts
The National Network also provides training, technical assistance, and professional development opportunities to Gateway and Project Degree programs across the country. In some cases, we offer start-up grants or local fundraising assistance to help community and technical colleges implement our programs.
Gateway to College empowers youth who have dropped out of high school or are not on track to graduate to earn an diploma and dual credit in a supportive college environment .
Origins and Evolution of Gateway to College
Portland Community College created the Gateway to College program in 2000 to help reconnect high school dropouts with their education. Through the program, students complete their high school diploma requirements at community and technical colleges while simultaneously earning college credits toward an associate’s degree or certificate. Young people who had little chance of graduating from high school are achieving post-secondary success.
Gateway to College’s innovative approach captured the attention of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which initially funded the replication of Gateway to College as part of its Early College High School Initiative. Since 2003, Gateway to College has evolved from a single-site program into a national network of 43 colleges in 23 states partnering with more than 125 school districts.