Gateway to College is a college-based dual credit program that serves eligible students who have dropped out of (or are unlikely to graduate from) high school and who simultaneously earn a high school diploma and substantial college credit.
Gateway to College leverages the capacity of school districts, colleges, and other community organizations to create sustainable programs that help meet the local need for dropout recovery.
Gateway to College provides holistic student support to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of our students in an environment that fosters the development of knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in school and in life.
Gateway to College encourages the implementation of innovative pedagogical techniques based on both research and proven practices in effective teaching and learning.
Gateway to College integrates collaboration, continuous improvement, and professional development, with the goal of improving student success and program sustainability.
Gateway to College’s core strategy is to replicate and support the Gateway to College programs that operate at 41 colleges in 21 states around the country. Gateway to College brings together communities, school districts and colleges to create programs that reengage disconnected youth, ensuring that they are college and career ready.
Courses, counseling, and books are provided to students free of charge
Students find relevance in education that leads to meaningful employment
Decrease in social service cost to support out-of-school youth
Provide an engaging, supportive pathway for at-risk students
Return previous dropouts to school in a new, transformative setting
Recover per-pupil funding for students previously dropped out
Revenue sharing with K-12 partners makes intensive holistic support possible
Students complete their diploma and enter postsecondary with the tools to succeed
Gateway students are college students, and 73% of GtC graduates continue in postsecondary education
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