As North Shore Community College’s first successful semester of Gateway to College draws to a close, a December 13 Open House is being planned to introduce the program to others who can benefit – youth ages 16-21 who have left high school, or are significantly behind in credits and are unlikely to finish high school on time.
Registration is already underway for the next session which will begin January 29, 2018. The open house will be held on December 13 from 3:30-5pm at NSCC’s Lynn campus gymnasium, 300 Broad Street, for those wishing to learn more about the program.
Gateway to College is a free college-based, dual-credit program that can provide a new pathway to a high school diploma and meaningful college credentials for those in need. Gateway to College is a unique scholarship opportunity that allows students a second chance to earn a high school diploma while earning college credits toward an associate degree or certificate at NSCC at no cost to the student.
The first semester of the Gateway to College program has been very successful, with 10 students participating from Lynn, Danvers, Salem, and Revere, according to Gateway Director Nadira McDonald.
“You can never predict how a cohort will come together but these kids are highly motivated and they support and hold each other accountable. They have maintained a 90% attendance rate, where before they had failed classes because they didn’t attend. The average GPA has been 2.8 versus 1.67 upon entry,” said McDonald.
“The students are growing through experiencing being college students,” said Success Coach Keone Coleman. “The support we offer in the program makes them thrive as they may not be getting it at home.”
In promoting the open house, NSCC President Patricia A. Gentile notes, “We know from the regional statistics that there are many young people who would benefit from this program. The the success rates of those participating are very high. We look forward to welcoming more students into Gateway as well as adding more school districts to our participating partners.”
The funding that makes this program possible is from the Barr Foundation’s Education program, which has the overarching goal of increasing the number of youth who connect to secondary and post-secondary success.
The larger goal of NSCC’s Gateway program is to have the majority of those served continue their education beyond the program to complete an associate degree or certificate program at NSCC, transfer to a four-year college, or enter the workforce with a college credential.