Origins and Evolution of Gateway to College
Portland Community College created the Gateway to College program in 2000 to help reconnect high school dropouts with their education. Through the program, students complete their high school diploma requirements at community and technical colleges while simultaneously earning college credits toward an associate’s degree or certificate. Young people who had little chance of graduating from high school are achieving post-secondary success.
Gateway to College’s innovative approach captured the attention of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which initially funded the replication of Gateway to College as part of its Early College High School Initiative. Since 2003, Gateway to
College has evolved from a single-site program into a national network of 43 colleges in 23 states partnering with more than 125 school districts.
April 15, 2013: "SRJC starts Gateway to College, Program to help high school dropouts find path to diploma," The Community Voice more information»
April 12, 2013: "Polk State Receives Gateway to College Grant for New High School," Collegiate High Schools more information»
April 9, 2013: "State education secratary praises Mount Wachusett Community College pathways program as model," Sentinel and Enterprise more information»
2013 Peer Learning Conference
Dates: July 22-24, 2013
Location: St. Louis, MO
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