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Gateway to College

Southeast MT 123 | Outreach and Intake Specialist: adam.clark3@pcc.edu | 971-722-6293

Service Update 

Winter 2021 Gateway Application Window will be open October 5th to December 10th. No late applications will be accepted.
If you are interested in learning more about the program or applying for the Winter term, we would love to speak with you. Submit an Interest Form today and we will follow up with you ASAP.
Please note, all Gateway courses and services are scheduled to be offered remotely for Winter 2021.

You can change your life

Who is eligible to apply for the Gateway to College Program?

Criteria 1—Age: Gateway to College can enroll eligible students between the ages of 16
and 20 years old at entry.

Criteria 2—School District: Gateway to College currently can only enroll students who
reside in the following school districts:
• Portland Public Schools
• Tigard-Tualatin School District*
• West Linn-Wilsonville School District*
• Lake Oswego School District*
• Sherwood School District*
*requires school district approval

Criteria 3—Need for Alternative Placement: Eligible students will have need for an
alternative placement. Typically, they would not be on track to graduate with their class,
however exceptions to this are certainly possible.

If you are unsure if you are eligible please don’t hesitate to reach out and we are
more than happy to help answer this question. If you have the need for alternative
placement we are happy to help you explore your options.

Have Questions? Please contact Adam Clark for more information.

Gateway to College is a unique program that lets you get your high school diploma while you earn college credit.

Gateway to College contracts with your school district to offer you a scholarship to the program. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition and books.

Our program also pairs you with a College Success Coach dedicated to your success. Your College Success Coach is there to teach you about college, organization and time management; and connect you with community, career, and college resources.

Your connection to college

If you’re interested in going to college or preparing for a better career but have struggled with school in the past or have dropped out of high school, Gateway to College can help you get on the right track to achieve your goals.

Many of our graduates go on to finish AA degrees here at PCC and transfer to four-year colleges—and so can you.

How to succeed in this program

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To succeed in the program, you’ll need to be in class about 20 hours a week and do three to four hours of homework per day. You are expected to attend every class. Because the program requires a strong commitment, it’s best if you work fewer than 25 hours a week.

The program takes time – most of our students achieve their high school diploma in about two years, but they often earn a significant number of college credits too!

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What students are saying

This program has opened so many doors for me. I’m finally excited for what the future holds.

Gateway to College not only gave me the chance to further my education, but it helped my self-esteem and self-image.

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