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Economic Development & Workforce Education

Gateway To College

What We Do

Gateway to College National Network builds the capacity of colleges, school districts, and states to revolutionize education for high school dropouts and underprepared college students so that all young people can achieve college credentials. Our strategies include creating and replicating innovative programs.

Gateway to College helps high school dropouts (ages 16-21) and students on the verge of dropping out to earn a high school diploma while also earning college credits. Our areas of emphasis include:

  • Building partnerships that connect K-12 and higher education institutions and communities.
  • Influencing systems by creating change agents who are transforming instruction and student support practices from the inside out.
  • Conducting research and sharing what we know about successfully serving high school dropouts and academically underprepared college students.
  • Helping effect policy and regulatory changes to ensure that Gateway to College and other alternative education models are available in every community that needs them.
  • Providing customized consulting services to colleges and school districts.
  • Providing training, technical assistance, and professional development opportunities to Gateway and Project Degree programs across the country. In some cases, we offer start-up grants or local fund raising assistance to help community and technical colleges implement our programs.


Gateway to College empowers youth who have dropped out of high school or are not on track to graduate to earn a diploma and dual credit in a supportive college environment.

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.

 Contact Us

      AD 208A
      323) 953-4000 ext. 2594


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 Office Hours

      Monday – Friday:

      8:00am – 5:00pm

 Course Descriptions

Los Angeles City College | 855 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles California 90029


Phone: 323.953.4000


Emergency: 323.953.2911