Gateway to College National Network

Gateway to College National Network’s alternative education program creates opportunities for young people who have dropped out of high school, or are at great risk of dropping out, to earn simultaneously a high school diploma and college credits.

All classes in this dual-credit education program, called Gateway to College, are conducted on community college campuses, where students start with foundational courses to develop reading, writing and math skills. Participants then progress to regular college classes and continue working toward high school diplomas and associate’s degrees. During the program, resource specialists serve as advisers and mentors to participants.

The Gateway to College National Network (GtCNN) provides local implementing sites with training, professional development, and technical assistance—including with planning, start-up and ongoing operations.

2014 Highlights

  • Gateway launched three new sites this year, in Kentucky, Minnesota and Mississippi.
  • Gateway added two key positions to its leadership team and three new members to its board.


    • After 12 years of service, President Laurel Dukehart announced her retirement and the Gateway board launched a national search to replace her. In March 2015, the board named Emily Froimson, previously Vice President of Programs at the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, her successor.


Youth Served

Revenue (in millions)


Students passing all first-term courses with a 'C' or better


Youth persisting in the program between academic years
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