Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

Gateway to College Program

Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

Gateway to College Program

Article excerpt

Community colleges are finding a successful way for disconnected youths under the age of 21 to remain in school through the means of a partnership with school districts called a 'Gateway' to college. Targeting disadvantaged youth, in particular, this project is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which sponsors 400 students at Portland Community College (PCC).

These students include teen parents, former gang members, substance abusers, and second-language learners who have failed in the traditional high school setting. Upon entering the program, they have an average of 4 credits earned and a 1.9 gradepoint average in high school. These are disheartened students on the verge of dropping out. The project allows them the opportunity to reach multiple educational goals as they are able to work on their high school diploma at the same time they are working toward an associate degree. They are provided with academic assistance, funding for resources, and advising.

There are valuable benefits to this program which include flexibility in class time and locations giving the students more time at home for family needs. …

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