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Gateway to College Program Offers Second Chance for High School Dropouts

October 14, 2009

Gateway to College is designed for young adults ages 16 to 20 who have dropped out of high school or have one foot out the door. Through the program, students are able to complete their high school diploma requirements on a college campus while simultaneously earning credits toward a college degree or certificate. In addition to covering tuition costs, the program also pays for student fees and books. All classes meet on the Florissant Valley campus.

Gateway to College is currently recruiting students who meet the following requirements:
• ages 16 to 20;
• currently living in and have attended a school in the Ferguson Florissant, 
  Ritenour or Wellston districts;
• have fewer than 17 high school credits;
• have dropped out of high school or at risk of dropping out;
• have struggled with grades and attendance;
• have desire and determination to succeed.

Call now to request an application and reserve a spot at one of the upcoming information sessions. A parent or guardian must attend the information session with the student. Completed applications must be received in the Gateway to College office by the Thursday prior to the selected information session. Information sessions will be held on Oct. 12, Nov. 2, Nov. 16 and Dec. 7.

Gateway to College National Network is part of the Early College High School Initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Jobs for the Future, an action/research and policy organization that promotes innovation in education and workforce development, serves as the initiative’s coordinating intermediary. The Early College High School Initiative will ultimately open about 250 schools around the country, serving over 100,000 students annually. 

For more information or to RSVP for the informational session, contact Ken Caudillo at 314-513-4216 or via e-mail at kcaudillo@stlcc.edu.