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Gateway to College at Polk State College


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 Polk State College.


Lakeland, FL


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Director Contact:

Corey J. Barnes

(863) 669-2923 ext. 6187


General Inquiries:

Dr. Meesha Downing

(863) 669-2923 ext. 6197

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“I really am glad I found this program. It is a much better fit for me and I feel as though I am truly getting something from my education for the first time."

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