CCP’s Gateway to College Program Helps District Students Complete High School | Local News


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Students in the Philadelphia School District who have not completed high school can do so this fall through the Gateway to College program at the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP).

The program allows students to graduate from high school while providing them with the opportunity to earn college credits.

“The Gateway to College program is a wonderful opportunity for individuals to get back on track and work towards building a future with greater options for success,” said Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite, in a written statement.

Students who are accepted into the free program receive academic support in math, reading and college preparation workshops and also meet with an academic coordinator weekly to ensure they stay on track.

“This program gives students another opportunity to not only earn high school credits, but they could also potentially earn an associate’s degree,” said Monifa Young, director of the Gateway to College program.

“We are helping them catch up and surpass what they would have been if they had finished high school and then transferred to college.”

The Community College of Philadelphia has offered the Gateway to College program since 2006.

Students register for one to three years depending on credit needs.

“Our program model is different from other bridge programs nationwide in that we accept students with the credits they already have,” Young said. “We follow the district graduation requirements, so district students need 23½ credits to graduate. “

There are no refundable fees for students, as tuition, textbook fees, and program fees are fully covered by the program.

Classes will be online for the fall semester. The first day of class is September 8.

Students might have to come to campus for an hour each week for lab science and some math classes, Young said.

“Students will also meet their academic coordinator once a week for the duration of their stay at Gateway in addition to their course expectations,” she added.

Individuals must apply online to be accepted into the program. Program requirements include: students aged 16 to 21, must be out of school and out of school for at least three months, live within the Philadelphia School District boundaries, and be able to perform in grade level classes college determined by an academic evaluation process.

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