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
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.