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Gateway to College at Community College of Philadelphia


Gateway to College serves students between the ages of 16 and 21 who have left high school, or are struggling to finish school. Gateway to College allows students to earn their high school diploma while receiving credits toward a post-secondary credential. To learn more about applying, visit the Gateway to College page at Community College of Philadelphia.


Philadelphia, PA


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Timeka Ford-Smith

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Student Voices

"Since I’ve started my career as a GTC student I’ve had opportunities like you wouldn’t believe. From volunteering for a women’s leadership conference to meeting politicians and lobbying in Harrisburg ... I’ve done it all. Gateway to College has been an amazing experience, and for me this is just the beginning."

- Jachai

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