College and Career Readiness
MassGrad Gateway to College Start-Up Awards
The Department provided the MassGrad Gateway to College Award to three community college who are partnered with at least one MassGrad-eligible school district. These award recipients received planning and implementation funds to offer the Gateway to College program model located on the college campus.
The national Gateway to College Program model is designed to help high school dropouts and students on the verge of dropping out to earn a high school diploma while also earning college credits. With technical assistance from the Gateway to College National Network, the community college provides an educational setting that combines high academic expectations with one-on-one advising and support. All classes are college classes and the program is fully integrated into campus setting. For students who have not been successful in a traditional high school setting, this is a new opportunity for success.
MassGrad Gateway to College Awardees
Bristol Community College in partnership with Fall River Public Schools and New Bedford Public Schools, opened in January 2012.
Quinsigamond Community College in partnership with Worcester Public Schools and Quabbin Regional School District, opened in Fall 2012.
Springfield Technical Community College in partnership with Springfield Public Schools: expected to open in fall 2013.