[Central Programs] Not Alone: Charlie's Story

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

MCC_NE-Charlie-Interview-Still-BWCharlie was a typical high school student in her sophomore year and on track to graduate. Then something happened.

“I got sick—my high school couldn’t help me through it. I had to drop out.

“I learned of Gateway through a friend who had been in the program—her mother works at Metro Community College. At first I didn’t think Gateway was for me—I assumed it was a GED program. Then I was told that no, you earn your full high school diploma. It’s a scholarship program—I didn’t have to pay for anything! My schedule was able to be flexible to accommodate my needs and I was soon taking college classes with college students.

“Gateway staff, faculty, and students were so kind and helpful—many of them knew a lot about my condition and helped me to get better. When I arrived, they helped me find a hypo-thyroid support group to help with my condition. My Resource Specialist helped me feel not so alone. Gateway will help you with bigger life problems too—like if you don’t have a place to live, they’ll help you. They’re just the best support team I’ve ever seen.”

Dropping out happens to young people—stress, family issues, illness, or other life circumstances get in the way of education. After Charlie fell ill and had to leave school, she found Gateway and is now back on track. Watch her interview here.

Graduations are truly something to celebrate. A contribution to Gateway to College National Network helps more pathways open for students like Charlie. It’s so easy! Give now
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