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Current, Potential H.S. Dropouts Earn Diplomas via Gateway to College

 

Camden youths aged 16 to 21 who have dropped out of high school or who are significantly behind and unlikely to graduate are able to complete their diplomas and simultaneously earn college credits through the new Gateway to College program offered by Camden County College.

 

Gateway to College is a nationally recognized dropout-recovery program. Thanks to a startup grant of $350,000 from the Gateway to College National Network, CCC is one of 30 community and technical colleges throughout the United States to offer the program. It will serve up to 250 city students over the next three years.

 

Students accepted into CCC’s program complete the requirements for their high school diploma on the Camden City Campus while earning an average of 15 credits toward an associate degree or college certificate. Throughout their enrollment, students receive one-on-one advisement and support from resource specialists who serve as coaches and mentors.

 

During their first term, they study in small groups while they take courses in reading, writing and mathematics along with a skills class called “College Success.” The following term, the students proceed along their individual learning paths by enrolling in regular CCC classes on whatever campus their selections are offered.

 

Applications are now being taken for the Fall 2012 semester. Students who are accepted will be dually enrolled in high school and CCC until they complete their diplomas. Tuition and books will be provided to them for free.

 

To apply or for additional information about Gateway to College, contact program acting executive director Dennis Ferry by telephone at (856) 968-1240 or via e-mail at dferry@camdencc.edu.


Published: January 12, 2012