"A lot of us make mistakes when we're young—but we all deserve a second chance."
At 16, with her mother hospitalized, Jessica quit school to find work so she could take care of her three young siblings. After one year out of the classroom, Jessica realized that returning to school would afford her and her family greater opportunity, but didn’t know where to turn. She found the Gateway to College program at Santa Rosa Junior College in California, enrolled, and became a fiercely determined student. Conquering serious adversity, including childhood drug abuse, she graduated in spring 2015 with a 4.0 GPA. She plans to transfer to a four-year college to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology so she can work with teens like herself. Click here to read more about Jessica’s inspiring story.
The Santa Rosa Junior College Gateway to College program sees dozens of students like Jessica each semester walk through their doors. Launching the program in fall of 2013, the college has served more than 100 formerly dropped out high school students over the past two years. A valued member of the Gateway to College National Network Presidents’ Circle, Santa Rosa Junior College is committed to helping disconnected youth in Petaluma County achieve their dreams of education and brighter futures.
Presidents’ Circle membership supports groundbreaking partnerships between colleges and local school districts. Every dollar contributed to Gateway to College National Network leverages $11 in school district funding to support a Gateway student earning her diploma AND college credits. Please join us in celebrating and supporting Santa Rosa Junior College and Gateway to College programs across the nation this fall during the Give Change campaign.