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  • Partnership between PCC, RE-1 District creates new high school diploma option

    CANON CITY –  Pueblo Community College and the Fremont RE-1 School District are partnering to expand the educational options that are available to high school students in Fremont County. Beginning in the upcoming academic year, they will offer Gateway to College as an alternate diploma program to students who are between 17 and 20 years old and disconnected with the traditional school setting.

    Gateway to College’s innovative approach captured the attention of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which initially funded the replication of it as part of the Early College High School Initiative. Since 2003, it has evolved from a single-site program into a national network of 43 colleges in 23 states partnering with more than 125 school districts.

    The program aims to reconnect high school students with education and give them the opportunity to earn a high school diploma while simultaneously earning credits toward a college degree or certificate. Courses will be taught at PCC’s Fremont Campus by a team of caring instructors and student support specialists.

    Besides reading, math and writing, the curriculum includes a college skills class that helps students learn good personal skills that will help them achieve academic success. Gateway also has earned a reputation for giving them academic and personal confidence while they amass college credits.

    Students interested in the program can reserve a spot at an upcoming information session and  receive a Pre-College Program application by calling 296-6103 or visiting www.pueblocc.edu/Gateway_to_College/.

    PCC has conducted a highly successful Gateway to College on its Pueblo campus since its 2009 Fall Semester through a partnership with the two Pueblo school districts.

    PCC already offers the Enhanced Alternative Diploma Program to students from both the Fremont RE-1 and RE-2 school districts through partnerships with them. That program also is based at the Fremont Campus.

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    Founded in 1933, Pueblo Community College is a premier teaching institution focused on providing academic and service excellence to help its students acquire the 21st Century skills needed to better their lives. An educational and technological leader, PCC fosters economic development and utilizes strong partnerships in the communities it serves through its Pueblo, Fremont and Southwest campuses.