Gateway to College

 

Learn more about the benefits and expectations of the Gateway to College program. Complete the following Interest Form to get in touch with a Resource Specialist and, if you meet the initial qualifications, reserve a spot at an Information Session. Once you complete the form, look for an email confirmation, and expect a call from a Gateway to College team member. Space is limited; sign up today!

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Gateway to College

Our Mission

Gateway to College empowers youth who have dropped out of high school or who are not on track to graduate on time to earn a diploma and dual credit in a supportive college environment.

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Gateway to College is designed for young adults ages 16-24 who have dropped out of high school or are significantly behind in credits for their age and not on track to graduate. This program is a national initiative brought to Flint through a partnership between Mott Community College and the Flint Community Schools. The program allows students to complete their high school diploma requirements on a college campus while simultaneously earning college credits towards a degree or certificate.

Students are placed into small learning communities during their first semester(s), and together they take classes in reading, writing, math and college skills. Upon completion of the “Foundation” courses students transition and begin taking classes with the general student population. All classes are conducted on Mott Community College campus and are taught by college faculty. Students are simultaneously working toward a high school diploma and a college degree or certificate.

This program reintroduces youth to education, acclimates students to a college environment, builds their basic skills, improves their academic habits, reinforces their motivation, and prepares them for college success.

During their enrollment in the program, students receive wrap-around support, one-on-one advising, and mentoring from Resource Specialists who will keep students on track for high school completion, while at the same time assisting them with transitioning to post-secondary education. Once students have completed their high school diploma requirements they will graduate from the Gateway to College program.

Since 2003, Gateway to College has evolved from a single-site program into a national network of 43 colleges in 23 states partnering with more than 125 school districts. MCC is excited to become part of Gateway to College National Network and the first community college in the State of Michigan to implement the Gateway to College program.




 
Gateway to College


Program Eligibility

Gateway to College is for students who are:
  • 16 to 24 years old.
  • Behind in high school credits (for age and grade), with a history of absenteeism and low GPA, or already dropped out of school.
  • Have fewer than 18 high school credits when they begin the program.
  • Live in Genesee County.
  • Read at an eighth grade level or higher (English proficiency).
  • Able to complete their high school diploma by their 25th birthday.
  • Willing to make a long term commitment (two or more years) to work hard to complete high school and progress toward a college degree.
 
Gateway to College

Application Process

Step 1: Complete an Application Packet

Step 2: Attend an Information Session

  • Reserve a seat at the next Information Session by calling the Gateway to College Information Line at (810) 232-2690 or by emailing gatewaytocollege@mcc.edu.
  • Bring all the application materials with you to the Information Session. These include:Application Packet; 3 Essays; Photo ID; Birth Certificate; Social Security Card; ACT & MME Scores; High School Transcripts.
At the Information Session, you will:
  • Learn more about the Gateway to College program to help you decide whether it is a good fit for you.
  • Take a short reading assessment.
  • Have a chance to ask questions.
  • Have your application materials reviewed to make sure you meet all eligibility requirements.
  • Complete MCC Application.
  • Allow us a chance to meet you and learn why you are interested in the program.
  • Get scheduled for the evaluations and interview.
  • Receive a take home essay to be completed and returned the next day of the evaluation session.
Please note: If you are missing any documents to complete your paperwork, we will review your materials and give you feedback about what you need to do next and the deadline for turning all materials in.

Step 3: Attend a 2-day Evaluation Session

  • When you go to the Information Session, you will be referred for the next evaluation session if you meet the initial eligibility requirements.
  • During the evaluation sessions you will take a skill assessment in reading, math and writing. This gives you an opportunity to demonstrate your readiness for the Gateway to College program.
  • Each day will take approximately 2½ hours. Therefore, completion of in-class and homework assignments, 100% of attendance and being on time is very important for each session.
  • You must be referred to the Evaluation Sessions from the Information Session.

Step 4: Participate in an Individual Interview

  • At the Information Session, you will be scheduled for an individual interview. The interviews generally take about 20-30 minutes. Your interview will be during the week of the Information Session.
  • Your interview will be one-on-one with a GtC selection committee. This gives us an opportunity to get to know you better and learn more about your strengths and motivations. You will be able to ask specific questions about the program.

Step 5: Selection Committee Review

  • Once you have completed the above steps and turned in all required paperwork (High School Transcripts, 3 Essays, Take Home Essay, Photo ID, Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, ACT/MME Scores, Application and completed your Interviews), the selection committee will review your file and determine if you will move forward in the process of being accepted into the program. It is very important that you turn in all application materials by the deadline. Acceptance is not guaranteed as space in the program is limited.
  • You will be notified by letter of the selection committee decision. If you are accepted, you will be sent a letter of acceptance and contact information for your Resource Specialist. If you are not accepted, you will be sent a letter explaining why and suggesting of other possible options. If you are placed on a wait list you may be offered a spot in the next enrollment term.
  • If you are accepted and currently enrolled in high school or an alternative educational program, you will need to withdraw from your current school or program. You cannot be dually enrolled in the Gateway to College program and a high school or alternative program.

If you still have questions or concerns about the program or the application process, please call (810) 232-2690 or email us at gatewaytocollege@mcc.edu.

We look forward to meeting you!

Gateway to College

Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

How does the Gateway to College program work?

Once you have been admitted, you will be enrolled in a Gateway to College learning community at Mott Community College (MCC).
  • A learning community is a group of 20-25 students who take all of their first term courses together in preparation for becoming college students on the college campus.
  • Learning community first term courses are reading, writing, math, college survival and success, and academic seminar.
  • Students will earn both high school and college credits starting in their first term.
  • Students spend 3-4 hours per day outside of class working on homework.
  • After successfully completing the learning community first term, students transition onto the Comprehensive Campus.
  • Students enroll in Mott Community College courses and continue to earn both high school and college credit, as they work towards earning a high school diploma.
  • All courses after the learning community first term are selected with the assistance of a Resource Specialist based upon each student's high school completion plan and educational goals.

What can I achieve in this program?

Students can earn their high school diploma and earn MCC credit toward a certificate or a degree.

How long would it take me to earn my high school diploma?

Most students are in Gateway to College for 1-3 years. The exact length of time to earn a diploma varies by a student's course load and credit needs. Students remain in Gateway to College until they earn a diploma or turn 25. We encourage graduates of the program to continue their college studies to meet their academic goals.

Who are Gateway to College students?

Gateway to College is for students who are:
  • 16 to 24 years old.
  • Behind in high school credits (for age and grade), with a history of absenteeism and low GPA, or already dropped out of school.
  • Have fewer than 18 high school credits when they begin the program
  • Live in Genesee County
  • Read at an eighth grade level or higher (English proficiency).
  • Able to complete their high school diploma by their 25th birthday.
  • Willing to make a long term commitment (one to three years) to work hard to complete high school and progress toward a college degree.
  • Gateway to College does not serve students who are doing well in high school and want to make an early transition to college. Gateway to College works exclusively with students who have not experienced success in a traditional high school. They are either no longer attending or are significantly behind in credits and are unable to graduate with their peers.

What is expected of me?

  • Students are expected to attend 100% of their classes.
  • Students are expected to come to class on time, be prepared with class materials, and to complete all class and homework assignments.
  • Students are expected to maintain at least a "C" average in all classes.
  • Students are expected to spend 3-4 hours a day working on their homework (outside of class time). We strongly encourage students who have a job to consider the time demands of the program.
  • Students are expected to adhere to all MCC Student Code of Conduct, policies and procedures.

What is the cost of the program?

Gateway to College is a scholarship program. The scholarship pays for college tuition and books. Gateway students are expected to pay any other school-related expenses such as supplies and parking fees where parking is not free.

What kind of support will help me be successful in a college setting?

Students who are accepted into the program are assigned a Resource Specialist. Resource Specialists provide support and access to resources to help all students in the program to be successful. Resource Specialists provide the following services:
  • Transcript reviews and academic advising.
  • Assistance with completing enrollment and registration.
  • Referrals to resources, such as tutoring, counseling, student activities, health services, and more.
  • Personal counseling and guidance including assistance with problem solving, time management and stress management.

If I have been on an Individual Education Plan (IEP) at my high school, will I still receive the same services and support at MCC?

Applicants who have received Special Education Services and who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) in place are required to submit a copy of their IEP during the application process. This will allow the Gateway to College staff to review the services in the IEP to assist the student and determine if appropriate services will be available at Mott Community College via the DisAbility Services office.

I am enrolled in high school and do not want to withdraw until I know if I have been accepted. Can I be considered for the Gateway to College program if I am still enrolled in high school?

Yes. If you are currently attending high school, please consider staying in school until you know that you have been accepted into the Gateway to College program. Once you have been accepted into the Gateway program, you will need to withdraw from high school. You cannot be dually enrolled in the Gateway to College program and a high school or alternative education program.

How do I apply?

Please call the MCC Gateway to College program for more information at (810) 232-2690 or email us at gatewaytocollege@mcc.edu.

Information Sessions

All students applying for the Gateway to College program must fully complete the intake process which includes the following:
Information Session, Assessment and Interview Session
Parents, guardians and supporters are welcome to attend the information session with their student!

You must BE ON TIME for each session. You will NEED A PHOTO ID.

All sessions will take place at:
Mott Community College – Workforce Education Center
709 N. Saginaw Street, Flint MI 48503
For more information and to reserve a seat contact the Gateway to College office at (810) 232-2690.

Fall Semester 2014 — September 2, 2014 - December 17, 2014
Scheduled dates are posted prior to the beginning of the Fall Semester.

Information, Assessment and Interview Session Schedule
Date Time Event Campus/Site Building Room Reserve & Referral
Wednesday, February 26, 20142-5pmInformation SessionWorkforce Education CenterWagner 2010Requires referral from information session
Thursday, February 27, 20142-5pmEvaluation DayWorkforce Education CenterWagner 2010Requires referral from information session
Friday, February 28, 20143-5pmInterviewsWorkforce Education CenterWagner 1004Requires referral from information session
Wednesday, March 12, 20142-5pmInformation SessionWorkforce Education CenterWagner 2010Requires referral from information session
Thursday, March 13, 20142-5pmEvaluation DayWorkforce Education CenterWagner 2010Requires referral from information session
Friday, March 14, 20143-5pmInterviewsWorkforce Education CenterWagner 1004Requires referral from information session
Wednesday, March 26, 20142-5pmInformation SessionWorkforce Education CenterWagner 2010Requires referral from information session
Thursday, March 27, 20142-5pmEvaluation DayWorkforce Education CenterWagner 2010Requires referral from information session
Friday, March 28, 20143-5pmInterviewsWorkforce Education CenterWagner 1004Requires referral from information session
Wednesday, April 9, 20142-5pmInformation SessionWorkforce Education CenterWagner 2010Requires referral from information session
Thursday, April 10, 20142-5pmEvaluation DayWorkforce Education CenterWagner 2010Requires referral from information session
Friday, April 11, 20143-5pmInterviewsWorkforce Education CenterWagner 1004Requires referral from information session
Wednesday, April 23, 20142-5pmInformation SessionWorkforce Education CenterWagner 2010Requires referral from information session
Thursday, April 24, 20142-5pmEvaluation DayWorkforce Education CenterWagner 2010Requires referral from information session
Friday, April 25, 20143-5pmInterviewsWorkforce Education CenterWagner 1004Requires referral from information session
Wednesday, May 14, 20142-5pmInformation SessionWorkforce Education CenterWagner 2010Requires referral from information session
Thursday, May 15, 20142-5pmEvaluation DayWorkforce Education CenterWagner 2010Requires referral from information session
Friday, May 16, 20143-5pmInterviewsWorkforce Education CenterWagner 1004Requires referral from information session
Wednesday, May 28, 20142-5pmInformation SessionWorkforce Education CenterWagner 2010Requires referral from information session
Thursday, May 29, 20142-5pmEvaluation DayWorkforce Education CenterWagner 2010Requires referral from information session
Friday, May 30, 20143-5pmInterviewsWorkforce Education CenterWagner 1004Requires referral from information session
Wednesday, June 11, 20142-5pmInformation SessionWorkforce Education CenterWagner 2010Requires referral from information session
Thursday, June 12, 20142-5pmEvaluation DayWorkforce Education CenterWagner 2010Requires referral from information session
Friday, June 13, 20143-5pmInterviewsWorkforce Education CenterWagner 1004Requires referral from information session
Wednesday, June 25, 20142-5pmInformation SessionWorkforce Education CenterWagner 2010Requires referral from information session
Thursday, June 26, 20142-5pmEvaluation DayWorkforce Education CenterWagner 2010Requires referral from information session
Friday, June 27, 20143-5pmInterviewsWorkforce Education CenterWagner 1004Requires referral from information session
Wednesday, July 9, 20142-5pmInformation SessionWorkforce Education CenterWagner 2010Requires referral from information session
Thursday, July 10, 20142-5pmEvaluation DayWorkforce Education CenterWagner 2010Requires referral from information session
Friday, July 11, 20143-5pmInterviewsWorkforce Education CenterWagner 1004Requires referral from information session
Wednesday, July 16, 20142-5pmInformation SessionWorkforce Education CenterWagner 2010Requires referral from information session
Thursday, July 17, 20142-5pmEvaluation DayWorkforce Education CenterWagner 2010Requires referral from information session
Friday, July 18, 20143-5pmInterviewsWorkforce Education CenterWagner 1004Requires referral from information session
Wednesday, July 23, 20142-5pmInformation SessionWorkforce Education CenterWagner 2010Requires referral from information session
Thursday, July 24, 20142-5pmEvaluation DayWorkforce Education CenterWagner 2010Requires referral from information session
Friday, July 25, 20143-5pmInterviewsWorkforce Education CenterWagner 1004Requires referral from information session
Wednesday, August 6, 20142-5pmInformation SessionWorkforce Education CenterWagner 2010Requires referral from information session
Thursday, August 7, 20142-5pmEvaluation DayWorkforce Education CenterWagner 2010Requires referral from information session
Friday, August 8, 20143-5pmInterviewsWorkforce Education CenterWagner 1004Requires referral from information session
Wednesday, August 13, 20142-5pmInformation SessionWorkforce Education CenterWagner 2010Requires referral from information session
Thursday, August 14, 20142-5pmEvaluation DayWorkforce Education CenterWagner 2010Requires referral from information session
Friday, August 15, 20143-5pmInterviewsWorkforce Education CenterWagner 1004Requires referral from information session
Gateway to College

Student Profiles

 

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Darquetta OgbonnaHello my name is Darquetta Ogbonna and I am 18 years old. I started the Gateway to College program because high school wasn’t the right fit for me. There was a lot of negativity that I did not want to continue to be around. When I was accepted to the Gateway to College program, I started to get to know other students that had similar goals as me and wanted to better themselves. I was in a different, yet better environment that is positive and supportive of helping me earn my high school diploma and college credits. Through the Gateway to College program, I have gained the strength to better myself and improve my self confidence that allow me to achieve a much higher goal within my reach. I loved the program and staff that are helping us learn and grow into mature young adult.

 

William GreenwellMy name is William Greenwell III and I am 17 years old. I chose Gateway to College because I wanted to change my lifestyle from negative to positive. This program has really helped me to grow up and realize what I really want to do with my life. The Gateway to College program has taught me a lot of things I didn't learn in high school. It also has helped me to realize that my education is one of the most important things in my life and if I do not get it, my life will be very hard without it. Gateway to College has given me the real life experiences of college, how it works and what is expected out of you as a student. The most important thing I like about this program is it helped me to grow up and learn a lot of things I didn't learn in high school as far as working hard.

 

Devin BrandtMy name is Devin Brandt and I am 22 years old. Gateway to college has changed my life! Many people might think that is an exaggerated statement but it really is not. I was too old to attend a regular high school because they dropped me when I was young due to missing too many days. Unfortunately, safety and transportation stopped me from attending school as much as I should. After getting kicked out of school for missing too many days I became pregnant. At the time, I thought I needed to focus on being a good mother. Later, I realized that being a good mother means setting a good example for my child and that becoming successful will ultimately help us both in the future. Essentially, my child is my life and setting a good example for her is what motivated me to go back to school. The Gateway to College program was the perfect opportunity for me because it gave me a flexible schedule, college credits, a Resource Specialist to help me navigate the college system and provide support to me in my personal and academic life. The environment is mature and the staff goes the extra mile to make sure that I succeed. They push me to be better and make me accountable for my actions. They have taught me to help others, manage my time, and become a serious college student. I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and I am excited to be able to provide a better life for my family.

 

Christopher Anthony HallwoodMy name is Christopher Anthony Hallwood. I am currently a student in the Gateway to College at Mott Community College program. The last grade that I passed was the 8th grade. I dropped out of school at a young age so I could work full time framing houses. After framing houses for a while I realized how important an education is. I began to save my money so that I could attend college and work towards a career in the business/music field. Luckily, as fate would have it I received a call from Mr. Dan Stewart (Resource Specialist) who informed me about a program called Gateway to College. After hearing that I could get my diploma and college credits for free I immediately applied to the program. After weeks of testing, I was finally accepted into the Gateway to College program. To this day I am grateful for Mr. Stewart’s phone call telling me about such a program. I am working hard, learning a lot and developing skills that will help me to be successful as a business owner and entrepreneur.

 
Gateway to College

Gateway Staff

Robert Matthews
Executive Dean of Workforce Development
Ph: (810) 232-2511
robert.matthews@mcc.edu

Dan Stewart
Resource Specialist
Ph: (810) 232-2690
dan.stewart@mcc.edu

 

Dr. Sounya Walker
Director
Ph: (810) 762-5172
sounya.walker@mcc.edu

Raleigh Ford
Resource Specialist
Ph: (810) 762-5173
raleigh.ford@mcc.edu

 


Gateway to College

Contact Us


Gateway to College Office
Mott Community College
Prahl College Center, PCC 2020
1401 E. Court St.
Flint, MI 48503
Ph:(810) 232-2690
Ph:(810) 762-5173
Fax:(810) 232-9966
Email:gatewaytocollege@mcc.edu
Facebook:www.facebook.com/gtc12
Website:gatewaytocollege.mcc.edu