Strengthening Programs,

Broadening Impact



Section 2

Advancing Opportunity in Oregon

Dear Colleagues and Friends,


I am pleased to share with you Gateway to College National Network’s 2016 annual report, “Strengthening Programs, Broadening Impact.”


Why “Strengthening Programs, Broadening Impact”?


In 2016, GtCNN accelerated impact for our Gateway to College programs by developing strategies aimed at not only increasing student outcomes, but ensuring that Gateway students would graduate college and career ready. We convened Gateway to College programs last summer in our 11th Peer Learning Conference. And, we celebrated their successes by awarding our Gateway to College Program Excellence Award to several outstanding programs. In 2016, programs continued to raise the bar by graduating nearly 1,000 students, the largest number of graduates in our network’s history. Our 39 college-based programs worked with more than 250 school districts around the country, leveraging $6.8 million paid towards college tuition.


We broadened GtCNN’s impact in 2016 by growing our successful network of programs in New England, launching new initiatives in Oregon aimed at securing college pathways for some of our most vulnerable youth, and piloting a new initiative to connect students to career pathways in their communities.


Among the highlights of 2016, were:


  • The launch of PDX Bridge, a collaboration of nearly 20 organizations and agencies that will support many of Portland’s most vulnerable youth – young people who have been in foster care, experienced homelessness, or have been in the juvenile justice system – in successfully completing high school and their first year of college.
  • A gift from Boston-based Barr Foundation to support the launch of six new Gateway to College programs across New England, two of which joined our network in December.
  • A redesign of Gateway to Program Success, an initiative designed to strengthen partner program outcomes, along with revamped training for resource specialists and a student-focused college readiness curriculum.
  • Gateway to Career, a program to more intentionally connect Gateway to College students with pathways to future careers, introduced at seven of our programs across the country.


In 2017, we will continue to strengthen programs and broaden our impact, with more students graduating from high school prepared for college and career; new Gateway to College programs joining our network; and new initiatives focused on serving system and rural youth.


While we celebrate rising high school graduation rates around the nation, we have much to do to ensure we are not leaving students behind. With the continued support of our colleagues, partners, funders, volunteers, and students, GtCNN will work to put more disconnected youth on a pathway to a high school diploma and postsecondary success.


Warm regards,




Emily Froimson


Gateway to College National Network


Board of Directors

Barbara Lombardo, PhD


Managing Director, Higher Education Strategy and Operations, Huron Consulting Group

Rob Denson, JD

Vice Chair

President, Des Moines Area Community College

Andrew Dorsey


President, Front Range Community College

Nan Poppe, EdD


Principal, Poppe Consulting

President Emeritus, Portland Community College Extended Learning Campus

Lakecia Gunter

Director, Desktop Partner Marketing and Engagement

Intel Labs

Larry Kubal

Founder & Managing Partner

Labrador Ventures

Harold O. Levy, JD

Executive Director

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Eduardo Martí, PhD

Interim President, Bronx Community College,

New York


Jill Nguyen


Former Managing Director of BP Marine International

Cindy Skirvin


Deloitte Consulting LLP

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