Portland, Or., January 18, 2016 – Gateway to College National Network (GtCNN) is pleased to announce the launch of two new Gateway to College programs in New England. North Shore Community College (NSCC) in Danvers, Massachusetts, and Roger Williams University (RWU) in Providence, Rhode Island, are the first programs in the region that will be launched over the next five years, with support from Boston’s Barr Foundation. The two new programs bring the total number of Gateway to College programs to 39 nationally, with programs operating in 20 states. The new programs will join six Massachusetts programs that are already doing exceptional work in the region.
“In North Shore Community College and Roger Williams University, we’re confident that we have two partners who share our commitment to ensuring that our most vulnerable youth have pathway to a high school diploma and a meaningful college credential,” GtCNN President Emily Froimson shared.
GtCNN partners with colleges and school districts to establish a dual-enrollment program, reconnecting out-of-school or significantly off-track youth to their education. Students complete their high school diploma on a college campus while earning significant credit toward a postsecondary credential. Once operating at full capacity, Gateway to College programs are financially sustainable through public K-12 per-pupil expenditures. GtCNN continues to support programs through data collection and research, program improvement, and national convenings.
“We are excited to build on the success of our early college programs with the Lynn Public Schools, Essex Technical and Swampscott high schools to extend this effective national model to a vulnerable group of students who otherwise might not attain a high school diploma. One of our strengths is giving our students a lot of personalized support to ensure their success and completion, which will extend to this new initiative,” said NSCC President Patricia A. Gentile.
Donald J. Farish, president of RWU, stated, “It was easy for us to decide on a partnership between Roger Williams University and Gateway to College National Network. We will be working with Providence and Pawtucket school districts to reintegrate high school dropouts back into the educational pipeline, in order to help them earn the skills and credentials necessary to succeed in today’s knowledge economy. We have to give these young people hope —after all, ‘Hope’ is our state’s motto!”
About Gateway to College National Network
Gateway to College National Network (GtCNN) supports communities in building sustainable pathways for disconnected youth to a high school diploma and meaningful college credential. GtCNN’s core strategy is to support and replicate Gateway to College programs around the country. Through Gateway to College, students who have dropped out of high school, or are significantly off track, complete their high school diplomas at college-based programs while simultaneously earning credits toward a postsecondary credential. www.gatewaytocollege.org, @gtcnn