Gateway to College Application Process
The Gateway to College High School Completion Program is for 16-20 year olds interested in returning to school and completing their high school diploma. While earning their high school diploma, students earn credits toward a college degree.
This is a "scholarship" program. We pay the tuition and book costs for those who are accepted into the program. However, students are responsible for student fees (approximately $100 each term).
Note: If you were in Gateway to College but left the program before completing, see the Appeal page.
Step 1) Complete the PCC Online Admissions Form
- Go to pcc.edu/admissions. (Visit any campus Admissions and Registration window or Orientation Center if you need help with the online admissions form OR if you are already admitted to PCC but you have forgotten your G-Number or MyPCC login information)
- Check your email for your admissions confirmation, information about how to access MyPCC and your PCC Student Identification Number (G-Number)
- You DO NOT need to complete the college placement test (COMPASS) at this time. Students who are accepted into the Gateway to College Program will take the test at a later date.
Step 2) Fill out a Gateway to College application formComplete the application with the three required essays (see page four of application for more details.) Bring these materials and your high school transcripts with you to the Information Session.
Step 3) Sign up and attend an Information Session
Reserve a spot at the next Information Session by calling our Information Line at: 971-722-6225.
At the three hour Information Session, you will:
- Learn more about the expectations and benefits of the Gateway to College program
- Take a short reading-level test
- Have a chance to ask questions
- Have your application materials reviewed to make sure you meet all eligibility requirements
- Allow us a chance to meet you and learn why you are interested in the program
If you can't bring all of these pieces of paperwork, fill out the application and show up anyway. We will give you feedback about what you need to do next.
Step 4) Attend a 2-day Evaluation Session
When you go to the Information Session, you will be referred for the next evaluation session if you meet the requirements for eligibility. During the evaluation sessions you will take a series of tests which will be used to evaluate your readiness for the program.
Step 5) Participate in an Individual Interview
At the information session, you will be scheduled for an individual interview. The interviews generally occur one week after your information session, and are about 30-60 minutes long.
Your interview will be one-on-one with a PCC staff member. This gives us an opportunity to get to know you better, and learn more about your strengths and motivations. You will have a chance to ask questions about the program.
Step 6) Complete/submit all required paperwork
Once you have completed the above steps and turned in all other required paperwork (high school transcripts, 3 essays, and application), the selection committee will review your file and determine if you will be accepted into the program. All of this will be fully explained in the initial Information Session.
If you still have questions:
- Read the Frequently Asked Questions.
- Read more detailed information about the application process.
- Contact a Gateway to College Resource Specialist.
Special Education (IEP) Services
PCC Prep Gateway to College does not provide Special Education services. It is the responsibility of the school districts to provide Special Education services to students in Gateway to College. Students may apply for support services through the PCC Disability Services Office. PCC Disability Services provides academic support services for students with disabilities, depending on the nature of the disability and availability of services. Students and parents may contact the PCC Disability Services Office for information regarding eligibility and procedures.