Portland–based Gateway to College National Network receives $2.44 million grant for New England expansion

Thursday, June 16, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore., June 16, 2016 – Gateway to College National Network (GtCNN), a Portland-based educational nonprofit organization, has received a $2.44 million grant from Boston’s Barr Foundation. The award will support the addition of six new community college-based Gateway to College programs in New England over the next five years, as well as support program improvement and college-readiness initiatives in GtCNN’s regional programs.

“We are pleased to the support the expansion of Gateway to College programs in New England,” said Jenny Curtin, senior program officer for Education at the Barr Foundation. “Their proven model is linking thousands of disconnected youth to success in and beyond high school. We look forward to working with Gateway to College over the next five years as they build on their existing sites in Massachusetts (already some of the most successful in the country), and broaden their impact in our region.”

Gateway to College National Network supports 41 programs in 21 states, including six programs in Massachusetts. Nearly 5,000 students are enrolled in Gateway to College programs nationally, with nearly 2,200 served in Massachusetts since 2006. Gateway to College began at Portland Community College in 2000, prior to expanding nationally. The program at PCC currently serves nearly 300 students. 

In establishing programs, GtCNN partners with colleges and school districts to implement a dual-enrollment model, with a focus on 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.

"Gateway to College has been in New England since 2006 and our six Massachusetts programs are doing exceptional work,” GtCNN President Emily Froimson shared. “We’re grateful to the Barr Foundation for the opportunity to expand our New England presence and impact, as we work to put some of the most vulnerable youth on a pathway to a high school diploma and a meaningful college credential."

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

About Barr Foundation
Barr Foundation’s mission is to invest in human, natural, and creative potential, serving as thoughtful stewards and catalysts. Based in Boston, Barr focuses regionally, and selectively engages nationally, working in partnership with nonprofits, foundations, the public sector, and civic and business leaders to elevate the arts for vibrant, vital, and engaged communities; advance solutions for climate change; and expand educational opportunity. With assets of $1.6 billion, Barr is among the largest private foundations in New England and has contributed more than $710 million to charitable causes since 1999. Barr’s Education Program is focused on the goal of connecting all students to success in and beyond high school. www.barrfoundation.org, @BarrFdn

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