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Gateway to College at Durham Technical Community College

A partnership between Durham Tech and Durham Public Schools

Gateway to College (GtC) is a nationally recognized education model that helps students experience success in an educational setting, under the guidance of a caring team of instructors and student support specialists with experience and interest in dropout youth. Students learn in a small learning community of their peers. This experience builds their academic and personal skills, preparing them to transition to college courses with the general student population. In addition to reading, writing and math, students take a college skills class to learn and practice the habits needed to transform themselves into successful college students.
Mission and History:
The mission of Gateway to College is to empower 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. This program was developed at Portland Community College (PCC) in 2000. Since 2003, Gateway to College has evolved from a single-site program into a national network of 24 colleges in 14 states partnering with 111 school districts.

A specialized team will be formed to serve GtC students which will include a director, resource specialists and instructors. The GtC program will be led by a director who will be directly supervised by community college staff members and who will work collaboratively with both the school district and community to meet all district and state standards.

Student Profile:
Existing Gateway to College programs serve at-risk youth, between the ages of 16-20, who have dropped out of school. They are a diverse group facing a variety of challenges which include: foster youth, adjudicated youth, ESL students, teen parents, students who need a more flexible schedule to accommodate work or family responsibilities, students who feel they did not fit well in a traditional high school setting, and young people recovering from homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction and abuse. Many GtC students are African-American and Hispanic (58%), first generation college-goers (70%) and have an average of 59% of their high school credits completed. The average student enters GtC at the age of 17 with a GPA of 1.65 on a 4.0 scale. 

GtC schools are based on a collaborative effort between a community college and the public school system. The school district will provide funds to support staffing, tuition and books. GtC schools also receive start-up grant funds through the Gateway to College Network. 

Essential Elements of the Model:

Sustainable Partnerships




Student Selection

Teaching and Learning

Dual Credit

Student progress

Student Support

The Gateway to College network programs aim to achieve positive results in a number of key areas: improving attendance, reducing academic-related barriers, and increasing academic performance.  In addition, students will accumulate college credit.

 August 2010  -GtC at DTCC opens

Gateway to College
Durham Technical Community College
1637 Lawson Street
Durham, NC 27703
Phone: 919-536-7248
Fax: 919-536-7283
Email: gateway@durhamtech.edu
 Brendon Comer (Director)
919-536-7231, ext. 2420