Gateway to College
Who is Eligible for Gateway?
- Are 16-24 years old
- Live in Genesee County
- Have dropped out of high school before earning a diploma
- Are behind in high school credits for age and grade
- Read at an eighth grade level or higher
- Are able to complete their diploma by 25th birthday
- Are willing to make a commitment to earn their high school diploma and progress toward a college degree
What is Gateway?
Gateway to College is a national initiative brought to Flint through a partnership between Mott Community College and the Flint Community Schools. Since 2003, Gateway to College has evolved from a single-site program into a national network of 31 colleges in 19 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.
We can all agree – Traditional high school is not for everyone. Students can face challenges in their lives that make it difficult for them to complete high school—frequent absences, family responsibilities, violence, medical problems, and language challenges all effect a student's ability to participate and be successful in a traditional high school setting.
The Fact Remains – Completing high school is incredibly important to a student's potential for long-term job/career success; most highly desirable positions require education past high school.
To That End – If you have dropped out of high school, or are behind in credits for your age and grade in Genesee County, the Mott Community College Gateway to College program may be right for you.
Gateway to College exists to give students like you a second chance at a high school diploma AND an opportunity to work toward a college degree or certificate.
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!
How to Apply
Gateway to College is a unique an innovation program that requires a rigorous application process.
All students applying for the Gateway to College program must fully complete the intake process, which includes an Information Session, Assessment, and Interview. 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 are held at:
Mott Community College – Workforce Education Center
709 N. Saginaw Street, Flint MI 48503
- Call (810) 232-2690 to schedule an appointment with a resource Specialist regarding the program so that you can visit the Gateway Office and complete the Mott Community College application. In addition you will be asked to Complete the application packet in full. Make sure you print it, and sign it. If you need help or don't have access to a printer, please call (810) 232-2690 for assistance.
- Complete your written answers to the three essay questions and return them with your application at the Information Session.
- To reserve a seat at the next Information Session, call the Gateway to College Information Line at (810) 232-2690 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bring all of your application materials with you to the Information Session, this
- Application Packet
- Three Essays
- Photo ID (with home address)
- Birth Certificate
- Social Security Card
- State Test Scores
- High School Transcripts
If you do not have access to all these documents, please call or email the Gateway to College Office for further instructions. If you are missing any documents at the Information Session we will review what you have and provide feedback/next steps and a deadline for turning in the remaining materials.
- At the Information Session, you will:
- Learn more about the Gateway to College program to help you decide whether or not it is a good fit for you
- Take a short reading assessment
- Have a chance to ask questions
- Have a chance to meet us and tell us why you are interested in the program
- Schedule your evaluations and interview
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 2019 — September 3, 2019 - December 18, 2019
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 Thursday, May 23, 2019 4pm-5pm Information Session Workforce Education Center Wagner 2016 Thursday, June 13, 2019 4pm-5pm Information Session Workforce Education Center Wagner 2016 Thursday, June 27, 2019 4pm-5pm Information Session Workforce Education Center Wagner 2016 Thursday, July 11, 2019 4pm-5pm Information Session Workforce Education Center Wagner 2016 Thursday, July 25, 2019 4pm-5pm Information Session Workforce Education Center Wagner 2016 Thursday, August 8, 2019 4pm-5pm Information Session Workforce Education Center Wagner 2016
- If you meet the initial eligibility requirement and meet the reading assessment with an eighth grade reading level or higher, you will be able to move forward with the enrollment process. Please note: if you do not meet the reading eligibility requirements, you will be referred to participate in skill building to improve your reading score in preparation for the Gateway program. You may also be referred to another MCC adult education program such as GED.
- The Evaluation Session will include a skills assessment in reading, math and writing. These assessments give you an opportunity to demonstrate your readiness for the Gateway to College program.
- This session may take 2 ½ hours to complete. Therefore, being on time is very important. A resource Specialist will tell you what assessment you must complete, when you must complete the assessment and what scores you must obtain to be considered for acceptance to the Gateway to College program.
- At the Information Session, you will be scheduled for an individual interview sometime during the same week as your information session. The interviews generally take 20-30 minutes.
- Your interview will be one-on-one with the Gateway to College Staff Member. The interview gives us an opportunity to get to know you better and learn more about your strengths and about what motivates you. You will be able to ask specific questions about the program during your interview.
- Once you have completed Steps 1-4 and turned in all required paperwork (Official High School Transcript(s), Completed FAFSA, Three Essays, Take Home Essay, Photo ID, Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, SAT/ACT/MME Scores (if applicable), Application) the Gateway staff will review your file and determine if you will be accepted into the program. Space is limited, and acceptance is not guaranteed; it is important that you turn in all of your paperwork by the deadline to ensure that your application will be considered.
- You will be notified by letter of the decision made by the selection committee. If you are accepted, you will receive a letter of acceptance and contact information for your Resource Specialist. If you are not accepted, you will receive a letter explaining why and suggesting program alternatives. If you are put on a waiting list, you may be offered a spot at the beginning of the next term.
- If you are accepted, you will be required to attend Gateway Orientation.
- If you are accepted while currently enrolled in high school or an alternative education program, you will need to withdraw from that school or program. You cannot be dual-enrolled i! n the Gateway to College program and a high school or alternative program. You must provide Gateway with proof of checkout.
- Gateway Prep/Orientation is a required one-week orientation during the month of August that introduces students to Mott Community College and Gateway to College policies and procedures, student expectations.
- Gateway Prep/Orientation runs from 9-2 daily and includes the following sessions: Basic Skill Building preparation, Personal and Academic Enrichment, GtC Student Experience from current Gateway students, Workshops with college administrators, faculty, staff, and community leaders.
- You will have an opportunity to meet and work with potential college faculty, staff, college campus tour, and learn about student support services on campus.
What to Expect
I've been Accepted, What Happens Next?
Once you have been admitted, you will be placed in a Gateway to College Learning Community at Mott Community College. The Learning Community:
- Is a cohort group of students who take first term courses together in preparation for mainstream college courses in the second term.
- Completes reading, writing, math, college skills and an academic seminar during their first term. Placement in reading, writing, and math courses is based on placement test scores and will be determined by your Resource Specialist.
- Earn both high school and college credit for completed courses. After the first term, you will transition to a more mainstream schedule on the MCC campus. You will continue working toward your high school diploma and earn college credit as a student in traditional college classes.
What Am I Expected to do?
While the Gateway to College Resource Specialists will help you plan and enroll in courses, keep you on track for high school completion, and help you choose a career path to align with your college courses, you are expected to:
- Attend 100% of your classes
- Arrive on time and prepared with class materials and completed assignments
- Maintain at least “C” average in all of your classes and a 2.0 GPA
- Spend 3-4 hours a day working on homework and studying in addition to class time.
- Adhere to all MCC Student Code of Conduct, and Gateway to College policies and procedures.
If you are working, or looking for work, please consider the amount of time you will need to invest in this program to be successful when you look for employment options.
How Are You Going to Help Me?
Gateway to College is designed for students that are struggling with all kinds of personal, economic, and academic issues. We understand that if we want our students to be successful, we need to assist and connect you to resources/services needed to remove barriers to success. We will:
- Connect students with Resource Genesee for assistance with finding housing, clothing, food, health services, parenting skills/childcare, and legal questions.
- Connect students to Workforce Education Center for assistance with education, training, employment, GED Prep and High School Completion opportunities.
- Provide bus passes and transportation assistance to students to get to Mott Community College – Gateway to College Program
- Connect students with campus clothing shops like Ellen's Closet and King's to get students appropriate and affordable professional clothing for interviews
- Connect students with campus health and personal care resources including the Dental Clinic and Transitions Salon
- Connect students to academic assistance resources including Peer Tutoring, the Writing Center, the Math Empowerment Lab, and other study groups
- Assist students with understanding any Mott Community College and Gateway to College student expectations, policies, and procedures.
We, at Gateway to College, want you to be successful and we will assist you in overcoming obstacles in your personal and academic life. If you need help, contact your Resource Specialist.
How Long Will The Program Take?
Most students are in Gateway for 1-3 years. Your exact length of time in the program depends on your age, how many high school credits you have earned, and how many you need to complete your diploma. Typically, you remain in Gateway until you earn your diploma before the age of 25—and we encourage you to continue your college education once you have successfully completed the Gateway to College Program.
How Much Does the Program Cost?
Gateway to College is a scholarship program that pays for college tuition and books. You are only expected to pay for school related supplies and library or parking fees when you incur them.
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 Gateway if I am still enrolled in high school?We encourage you to stay in school and seek academic and personal resources to help stay on track to graduate. Hopefully you do not have to make a change in your education path as significant as Gateway. Consideration will be taken as a referral option for students who are at risk of leaving school and/or who are significantly behind in credits. We strongly suggest that you stay enrolled in school until you know that you have been accepted to the Gateway to College program. Once you have been accepted, you will need to withdraw from your high school.While we expect our students to make their classes their highest priority, you can participate in MCC clubs and events. You can also apply for MCC student employment opportunities, such as peer tutors, office assistants, etc. As a member of Gateway to College you can also become a member of the MCC Honors Program and graduate from MCC as an Honor student. The following must be met prior to participating:
- Must be meeting Gateway to College academics, attendance, and behavior expectations.
- Can only participate after successfully completing “Foundation Term.”, which the first term.
- Must get approval from Director/Resource Specialist to participate.
Students who were in Gateway to College but left the program before completing need to appeal if they would like to return to Gateway. To appeal, students need to fill out the appeal form and return it to Raleigh Ford, Gateway to College Resource Specialist. There are two ways to return the appeal form:
- Mail it to:
709 N. Saginaw Street
Flint, MI 48503
- Drop it off in person: Mott Community College-Prahl College Center, PCC 2020B
High School Diploma Graduation Requirements
Students enrolled in Mott Community College-Gateway to College High School Diploma program are required to complete 23 high school credits. Gateway follows graduation requirement of our partnering school district: Flint Community Schools.
All transcripts will be reviewed to determine which credits have already been completed in high school. All courses are taught in a traditional setting. Regular class attendance and class participation is required.
Graduation Requirements: (Flint Community Schools)
COURSES CREDITS English 4 Mathematics
Algebra I (1), Geometry (1), and Algebra II (1) required.
One of the 4 math credits must be in senior year.
Biology (1), Chemistry or Physics (1),
and 1 other science credit.
3 Social Studies
U.S. History/Geography (1),
World History/Geography (1),
Civics (.5), and Economics (.5)
3 Health (.5) .5 Physical Education (1) .5 Computer Education
.5 Fine Arts
Visual, Performing, or Applied
1 Career & Technical Education
or Foreign Language
1 Foreign Language
(beginning with class of 2016)
2 ACT Prep .5 Senior Management .5 TOTAL REQUIRED UNITS 18.5 ELECTIVES 4.5 TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION 23
Meet Our Students
What have Gateway Students Been Up To?
Gateway to College doesn't just mean classes and lectures; students have the opportunity to participate in a range on and off campus activities, and leadership experiences including a National Leadership Counsel.
Congratulations Donald! Keep up the good work!
Donald Clack was selected to participate in the 9th Annual Black, Brown & College Bound Summit @ Hillsborough Community College in Tampa Bay, Florida February 18th-21st. The goals of the summit is to provide information about successful strategies, explore mentoring programs that enable the success of the young men and to provide the latest research of the methods higher education can employ to increase access, persistence, and retention and graduation rates. Dr. Brian Ivory recommended Donald to apply for the summit after his participation in the Motherly Intercession program during the 2014-2015 school year. The Motherly Intercession program is an after school tutoring program for elementary age students in which Donald acts as a tutor for the students in the areas of math & reading.
On April 21st 2016 at the Workforce Education Center and five students presented their Senior Exit Presentations to staff, community leaders and professionals who provided feedback to students about their career pathways. The students answered the three basic questions; 1) Who am I? 2) Where am I going? 3) How am I going to get there? Many members of the community and college were in attendance to encourage and support the students.
In October of 2015 Gateway to College held their First Annual Educational Development Plan Parent Night Meeting. Parents got the opportunity to talk with Gateway and GISD staff and work in the Career Cruising website.
Congratulations! Gateway to 2016 College Students who have graduated from MCC with an Associates Degree!
Gateway to College had three students who participated in Mott Community College Graduation Commencement Ceremony on April 30th.
Aaron Connor -
MCC College GPA: 3.15
Degree: Associate of Arts Degree - Honors
Future Education: University of Michigan Flint – Social Work
Board Membership: National Society for Leadership and Success
Awards: Student of the Month, MCC Deans List
Scholarships: Greater Flint Health Coalition
Zyher Charleston -
MCC College GPA: 3.61
Degree: Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, General Studies Associates Degree-Honors
Future Education: U of M Flint - Fall 2016
Awards / Honors / Achievements: MCC Honors, Student of the Month, 3 Associate Degrees, Gateway Achievers, Student of the Month, MCC Honors Program
Tekoa Hewitt -
MCC College GPA: 3.76
Degree: Associate of Science Degree – Honors
Future Education: Michigan State Fall 2016
Board Membership: Phi Theta Kappa - Membership Coordinator, National Council of Young Leaders - Council Member, MCC Chemistry Club - President
Awards: Student of the Month, MCC Deans List, MCC Presidents List
Scholarships: Priority Children's Champion Curbco Vocational Education Award, America's Promise Alliance Youth Scholarship Recipient
The Building a GradNation Summit is the annual focal point of the GradNation Campaign, a large and growing movement of dedicated individuals, organizations and communities pulling together to empower more young Americans to graduate from high school on time and ready for college, careers, and thriving adulthood. We will assess progress toward the goals, celebrate our successes, and refocus on the challenges that remain Gateway to College students received scholarships to attend the GradNation Summit-Americas Promise Alliance in Washington, DC 2014 along with Raleigh Ford-Resource Specialist, Gateway to College Staff
Gateway students attended/spoke at the Literacy and Basic Skills Network Planning Session held at Mott Community College. The Network is a workgroup of community organizations formed to address the basic skills crisis in the Flint area.Tekoa Hewitt, Student SpeakerAron Connor, ParticipantAron Connor, Opportunity Youth Session
Congratulations! to the following Gateway students who have been accepted into the MCC Honors program.Zyehr CharlestonTekoa HewittNichole CliffordCampus Tour
Students attend a week long Prep-Orientation to familiarize themselves with the college environment, student expectations, college policies and practices.Building a Strong Foundation ExerciseBuilding a Strong Foundation ExerciseMr. Mario Brown-Personal/Academic EnrichmentMr. Michael Pettigrew-Conditioning of the Mind: Finding Your Inner MotivationGtC Mentor Session-Cohort Support through building a strong foundation-Tekoa HewittA Culture of High Student ExpectationsPersonal/Academic Enrichment
Students volunteering at the Gateway booth for the MCC Fall Welcome Back Rally.GtC Student Keonta Campbell with President, Dr. Beverley Walker-Griffea
Campus Volunteer Project
Students Volunteer on Campus to give back with Mr. Timothy Broomfield
Student Volunteers College Night
Many students volunteer to help promote GTC program at the MCC College NightWhitney KinneyEias KhraisKeonta, Nicole, Whitney Enjoying GtC Bonding!
Gateway students enjoy a day of relaxation, motivational speakers, and exciting activities every year.Kacey Bossey-MCC Women In Education, Tonya Keener-Mary Kay Consultant, and Shuntai Beaugard-Re-connect My Life Consultant
GtC Day 2014
Basketball w/ Dan and Raleigh, Resource Specialist and STAR Program Fellows, Xavier Brewer and Mario Brown
GtC Day 2014Group Picture-Gateway Day!Ballroom Dancing w/ Mr. Tony Caldwell, Mario Brown, andBallroom Dancing w/ Director-Dr. Sounya Walker and Mr. Tony Caldwell, and GtC StudentsMaking Connection - Peer Support! At Gateway Day!GtC Students Enjoying Gateway Day!
Every Friday students attend empowerment group sessions designed to motivated, encourage, and help students understand how to deal with barriers/challenges they face daily to be successful.Mr. Phil WalkerShuntai Beaugard
College Field Trip
Gateway students visiting Central Michigan University with Shuntai Beaugard2014
Field Trip: Northwestern High School-Flint Community SchoolsRaleigh Ford Resource Specialist w/GtC StudentsAuthors of the book “The Pact”
YWCA Circle of Women Event
Gateway Director Dr. Sounya Walker makes it a point to involve young women in the community. She is with a GTC student (Katelyn Crawford-Sanders) at the YWCA Circle of Women Event 2014. This year's keynote speaker is Liz Murray, author of “Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival and My Journey From Homeless to Harvard”. Murray is the founder and director of Manifest Living, a company based in New York that aims to empower anyone who has the desire to change their life. Liz Murray's life is a triumph over adversity and a stunning example of the importance of dreaming big, working hard, and being resilient in tough and trouble times.YWCA Circle of Women Event 2014
Dr. Sounya Walker did an interview on ABC12 News where she discussed the GTC @ MCC program the video can be found here.http://www.abc12.com/clip/10489461/first-at-four-focus-gateway-to-college
Here is a video of Kandice Anderson talking about health Insurance Darquetta Ogbonna and Salean Macek are also GTC students who are in the video during the welcome back fall rally.ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI
Gateway to College Video
Gateway students worked hard on a video discussing student success.https://www.facebook.com/gtc12
Gateway students spend time daily working on homework and receiving assistance from their Resource Specialists.Raleigh Ford, Resource SpecialistDan Stewart, Resource SpecialistGtC Students Studying
Author, Professor, and Motivational speaker David McGhee inspires students to be more focused and devoted.David McGheeDavid McGhee
Aaron Gerics help students with Interviewing Skills and Resume TipsAaron GericsAaron Gerics
Check out what Gateway to College students say about the program.
My name is Katherine Hyatt, I am 25 years old. I graduated from the Gateway to college program. I am a member of the Mott Community College Honors College. I received the first Mott Trustee Scholarship award given to a Gateway to college student. I am studying Business Management and plan to obtain both an Associates and Bachelors Degree in the Business field. is currently designated as a full time college student at Mott and plan to transfer to the University of Michigan Flint in the Fall of 2018.
I am a single mother who dropped out of school due to pregnancy. I was also in a terrible car accident which has left me paralyzed and unable to use my legs. I am confined to a wheelchair but I will not be defined by my exceptionality nor will I let it hold me back from achieving my dreams and accomplishing my goals. I will continue to be a positive role model to my son and others. While in the gateway program I had impeccable attendance and grades and helped others whenever possible. Gateway gave me the second chance to accomplish my goals and I am grateful for the opportunity. I would recommend the Gateway to College program to any students who is serious and needs a second chance.
My name is Alex and I am 19 years old. I graduated from the Gateway to College program at Mott Community College. The Gateway program was fantastic and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is behind in credits and serious about earning their High School Diploma. The staff at Gateway is very supportive and they are always there to listen and motivate you to be your best. Gateway also gave me the opportunity to tutor, mentor and help my peers which in turn helped me grow as a person and student.
I needed a second chance and Gateway provided me that opportunity. I was able to learn and grow in a mature environment around people who really cared if I was successful. I met many new friends and learned more than I could have imagined. I am planning on obtaining my Associate degree in Science from Mott Community College and transferring to a four year college where I will get my bachelors and graduate degree in Engineering. While in the Gateway program I was able to take college courses that will transfer towards my Bachelors degree.
My name is Amanda and I am 24 years old. I was a participant in the Gateway to College program at Mott Community College and am so grateful for the program. I am currently studying Pre-Nursing and plan to obtain both an Associates Degree and my RN certification from Mott Community College in the Fall of 2018.
While in the program I felt it was important to help my peers whenever possible. I have had issues with math and so I like to help those students who struggle in that subject because I know how frustrating it can be. I try to inspire others to be better students and people whenever possible. I like to volunteer in my community, and with my church family. I like to work with both youth and adult students who are in need. Gateway to college gave me the support and resources I needed to obtain my High School Diploma while simultaneously earning college credits and I will be forever grateful to the staff for everything they did to help my succeed.
My name is Sarah Pruett and this is my updated bio. Before writing this, I went back and looked at the first one I had written in April. It’s amazing to see just how far I have come. Coming to Mott and joining the Gateway Program has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. It’s so weird anytime I look back on who I used to be, and how I used to think. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I have completely changed as a person.
Before, I used to be extremely timid, unsure of myself, and overall unhappy. I used to be homeschooled before coming to Mott, and the months leading up to me coming here were some of the most stressful months of my life. I felt like I wasn't getting anywhere with my life, and I had no idea how to take the next step towards college. My mom had remembered hearing about the Gateway program, and it took us about a half-hour to make the decision that I was going to start going to school there.
My first semester was Winter 2014: And I was more or less flung into a completely new world, with no clue of what the heck I was doing. The first few weeks were very stressful, on the second day I had a complete meltdown, but looking back on it now, I feel like that I was a good thing. There is a saying that goes, “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” People need to be pushed, they need to be in stressful situations, and made uncomfortable. That is the only way we can grow.
I believe I have become a much more confident, strong, and intelligent person since coming to Mott. Even though some people think that college isn't “real life,” and don’t think you really learn anything. I strongly disagree. Just yesterday, I was in my theatre class analyzing Shakespeare with a wonderful woman from Kenya. In my English class, I am partners with a woman from Libya. Early this semester I had the opportunity to work on my first group project. I was able to take a tour of the Central Michigan University campus.
When I look back at my life: when I am some awesome grandma who still wears converse and listens to Paramore. I believe that Mott, and Gateway will be something I will remember as being the foundation that helped me build a wonderful and successful life.
Growing up, being raised with two other siblings by a single mother who was there for me since day one, a strong independent woman who wise, wise, loving, caring and always made sacrifices for her loved ones. I, Donald McKinley Clack III grow up poor, and still is but that’s what make strive for success even more. Being the top of my class from kindergarten to the 10th grade.
When I was little I was always focused, and determined to make my family proud, but the only thing was doing it for everybody else but not FOR ME. All straight A’s, humble, kind, shy, and real respectable, had most of my mama ways then my fathers. The son trying to step up and be the man that left mama. Then High School came, that’s when my grades begin to slip, rather than be than be myself I tried to be something else, tried to fit in thinking I could escape my previous life. Everyday helping others, rather than myself, it’s ironic how people can try to change/help someone else but can’t even try to help the person that needs it most “Yourself”.
Even though my grades and lifestyle was off, the love and care for my family never faded. I still supported them even when the worst was still keeping me company. Seeing and hearing how other people become successful made me wonder it’s never too late for me too. I knew if I could put the hard work and full effort in, I could make a difference in my life I been living over the past year. That’s when my new beginning of success had started.
Finally, after spending months with my auntie to get my life back on track, I had the perfect mindset for any person who can relate to my situations. I had this drive and ambition to be the best I can be. I developed physical, emotional, and mentally, and founding out that I’m going to be a new uncle also added to my goals. That’s when I talked to my auntie and she introduced me to the Gateway to College program, and from there on I knew I had to take on more responsibility then I already did.
My name is Ms. Zye’hr Nichey Charleston, I am now 19 years old. I am in Gateway to college because I finally realized what I have to do to be a good sister, daughter, niece and friend. I was once a person that my family and friends looked up to. As I grew I started to change and lost touch of what I needed to do to be a good and successful person. I became disrespectful, argumentative, irresponsible, and abrasive. It took some serious soul searching and major life events to help me realize that only I can change the course of my life. I have younger siblings and back then I was not the best example to them but they continued to look up to me because I was their elder sibling. Today, I have gained my role modeling back because I have grown up and learned to face reality. I have an autistic brother, a mother with a few health problems and I now have a younger sister who is now suffering from brain trauma. It is up to me to take care of them and handle my business so that I can be a successful young adult. As long as I have family, a few positive friends, and most of all self-motivation, I will never end back up where I once was. Gateway has given my family and I a real second chance and I am not about to let it slip through my fingers.
Adam McArthur - It was dark...I was in that place in between sleep and consciousness, usually blissful and I was comfortable at first, however, I quickly realized I was in a place I was not familiar with, I was on a dingy mattress, wearing clothes I had never worn before. I opened my eyes to a stained concrete wall and someone snoring beneath me. I was in six foot by eight-foot concrete box, with a steal door and a tiny window in the corner. That was the moment I realized my life was forever changed. I was in jail. . . "This is it," I thought to myself, "It's over, my life is over." I didn't know what to do, I was in a place far from anyone I knew, and I had no money to call anyone or write a letter because it costs to buy stamps, pencils, paper and envelopes. This was something I was entirely unfamiliar with. The idea that I was now a number on a piece of paper (151085), an inmate of the state of Rhode Island didn't sink in for a few days; I remained in jail for fifty-six and half days. They were the best worst days of my life.
I've been given a second chance at life. My brother has always encouraged me to go to school and pursue a higher education. I never did, I dropped out of school and didn't care to do anything with myself until now. I am going to be an engineer like my brother; He has always been a good influence on me and has always pushed me to do good things. I'm going to school right now to graduate and get my high school diploma through the Gateway program. Then, I will get my associates in science. After that, I will study to get my bachelor's degree in industrial or mechanical engineering. This is my goal, my plan, I intend on sticking to it until I either reach my goal or fail. In which case, I will pursue something else.
My name is Jessica Gipson I am 24 years old. I have been in the Gateway to College program for a year and will graduate this spring. Gateway to college has given me a second chance to be successful in life. Growing up I moved a lot which made it pretty difficult to be successful in school. After I became an adult I never really had the time or resources to finish getting my diploma until the last year.
It was at this time I decided I needed to go back to school. I found the gateway program and have been working extra hard to be successful in all of my classes. My circumstances have motivated me to be focused and determined. Because I have had many struggles in life I have learned I need to be strong, independent and determined if I want to accomplish my goals. I now have a great man, a job, I am in school and recently found out I am expecting a child. I am grateful for the Gateway to college program and for the first time in my life I am excited about my future
My name is Spring Shears. I am 19 years old. I am currently in my second semester in the Gateway to College program. When a boat springs a leak, one can sink or swim. It seems when these situations arise I grow gills. Hectic does not begin to describe my home life, let it be enough to say I strive in stress. Previously when attempting to get my diploma I found it hard to be in class often. My family needed help and I found myself on the road between school and my hometown more than off. Since then, I have gotten custody of my little brother, and I am working with my family to try to get him in a better place in his life. Through dealing with my family issues is how I came to the Gateway to College program. Shopping and spending time with my dog are some of my favorite things to do when I have time. I like the Gateway to College program because it has given me the opportunity to complete my high school education. Being a part of Gateway has taught me that having a second chance can be a life changing experience.
My name is Sarah Pruett and I am 17 years old. Coming to Mott and joining the Gateway Program has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. It's so weird anytime I look back on who I used to be, and how I used to think; I'm not exaggerating when I say that I have completely changed as a person. Prior to Gateway I used to be extremely timid, unsure of myself, and overall unhappy. I was homeschooled before coming to Mott, and the months leading up to me coming here were some of the most stressful months of my life. I felt like I wasn't getting anywhere with my life, and I had no idea how to take the next step towards college. My mom had remembered hearing about the Gateway program, and it took us about a half-hour to make the decision that I was going to start going to school here. During my first semester I was more or less flung into a completely new world, with no clue of what the heck I was doing. The first few weeks were very stressful, on the second day I had a complete meltdown, but looking back on it now, I feel like that I was a good thing. There is a saying that goes, “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” People need to be pushed, they need to be in stressful situations, and made uncomfortable. That is the only way we can grow. I believe I have become a much more confident, strong, and intelligent person since coming to Gateway. When I look back at my life, I believe that Mott and Gateway will be something I will remember as being the foundation that helped me build a wonderful and successful life.
My name is Ricky Harvey and I am 22 years old. Most of my life has been a constant battle. As a single parent, my mom always struggled to raise us to be good kids. The streets taught my brother and me how to grow up very quickly. I've been in and out of many schools most of the time from hanging with the wrong crowds and thinking being cool or being in the streets was the key to everything. I am not proud of some of the poor decisions I have made. The final straw was when I nearly lost my life. It was from that point on that I have been working tirelessly to get my life back on track. The Gateway to college program and it's staff have basically been saving my life by keeping me occupied, out the streets, and helping me to be motivated to achieve my goals. The program gives me hope and the drive to be better for myself and my family. I am inspired and grateful for the opportunity to earn a scholarship and earn college credits toward reach my goals.
My name is Donald McKinley Clack III and I am 19 years old. I have the best mother in the world. She has supported me and my siblings the very best she could. She taught us to be respectful, truthful, humble, and kind. I started off pretty well and was actually one of the top students in my class from kindergarten to the 10th grade. It wasn't until high school came, when my grades begin to slip, because rather than be myself I tried to be something else, I tried to fit in thinking I could escape my previous life. I focused on helping others, rather than myself, it's ironic how people can try to change/help someone else but can't even try to help the person that needs it most “Yourself”. Finally, after spending months with my aunt I decided it was finally time to get my life back on track, I had the perfect mindset for any person who can relate to my situations. I had this drive and ambition to be the best I can be. I developed physically, emotionally, and mentally, and was introduced to the Gateway to College program, and from there on I knew I had to take on more responsibility then I already did and work hard to be the best I can be to help my family. Gateway to College offered a different/mature environment, mentoring, expects a higher level responsibility, and gives a lot of support.
Hi, my name is Aaron Connor and I am 21 years old. Prior to coming to Gateway, I was home schooled and didn't have a lot of social experiences. As I began to mature my family and I realized I needed to move forward with my education. I found the Gateway to College program and was nervous to enroll. At first I was very shy and kept to myself but since beginning the Gateway to college program I have learned to be much more outgoing and have even participated in many events as a leader and speaker. Gateway to college has changed my life in so many ways. No matter what struggles I endure whether it be family, health, social, or academic the staff at Gateway is always there for me. I am so grateful for this second chance that Gateway to College has given me. Gateway has helped me to believe that I will be able to do anything I set my mind to if I work hard and stay focused. Thank you so much Gateway, I hope to continue to make you all proud!
My name is Nichole Clifford and I am 22 years old. I decided to attend the Gateway to College Program because it offers students an opportunity to earn a high school diploma while earning college credits. Before I made my decision to join I had gone through struggles and challenges that made me realize just how important education is in any individual's life. The financial struggles I had to endure had a huge impact on my family and home life, which caused my schooling to deteriorate. After three and a half years I finally decided that the life I was living was not healthy. I realized I needed to make a better life for myself and my family. I found the Gateway to College program and it has been a real life changing experience. I am in the Honors program and the Gateway to College staff and students have helped me so much. I am not saying it has been easy but I am saying it has been worth it. My time in Gateway has been life changing.
My name is Tekoa Hewitt and I am 20 years old. My path to Gateway to College was a unique one. In 2010 my twin brother un-expectantly passed away and I ended up missing a lot of school. I eventually dropped out because I wasn't on track to graduate on time and the terrible loss of my brother made it very difficult for me to focus. About a year passed, then I learned about the Gateway to College program. It offered the mature environment I was looking for in continuing my education. I looked around at many Adult Education and GED programs but I decided I wanted to get my high school diploma. Gateway offered that and more, I'm now earning college credits along with finishing my high school diploma. The Gateway staff has helped me through my challenging times. I have had many other struggles but Gateway makes it seem easier because they are always there with resources and support whenever something happens. They have helped me gain employment, become a leader and achieve my goals. They have taught me to help others and keep pushing forward especially when times get tough.
My name is Whitney Kinney and I am 21 years old. During my middle school and high school years I was experiencing a lot of medical problems. When I got into high school, the medical problems got bigger and the schools no longer cared why I was not there. For almost three years I was in and out of schools trying different ways to receive my diploma. After finally deciding to go back to school, I aged out so I had to find another option. This is when I called Mott and heard about Gateway to College. Since attending Gateway to College, everything in my life has started falling into place. I became a GtC mentor and it has taught me the importance of being a leader. Through this experience, I have decided to go into the education field to help other young people like myself. This program has changed my entire life around in a positive way.
My name is Kamitria Johns and I am 20 years old. I am a proud Gateway to College Student. Before I found Gateway to College I faced many struggles; I was homeless and unloved by people who claimed to love me. Those same people who I trusted with my safety and security made it a point to try to hold me down. I tried many other educational options but the barriers just kept piling up. If it was not one thing it was another. I gave up hope on myself and school for over 6 years before a family member who noticed I was trying to change my life recommended the Gateway to College program to me. Since beginning the program I have learned how to live the right way instead of just getting stuck in survival mode. The path to nowhere that I was once on has since changed. The little successes that have built upon each other helping me to realize I can achieve my dreams. The program is by no means easy but it is full of caring people who really want to see you succeed. Dr. Walker has helped me realize my potential and the rest of the staff has never stopped believing in me. They have given me the resources to overcome obstacles, re-train my mind, learn to be motivated and stay focused. I am excited to be on this journey with the Gateway staff and would recommend this program to anyone who is serious about making a real life change.
Hello 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.
My 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.
My 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.
My 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.
Need Help? Want to Enroll? Want to Become a Gateway to College Partner? Talk to us! Anyone in the office can answer your questions, or direct you to the person who can.
Associate Vice President of Workforce & Economic Development
Ph: (810) 232-2511
Dr. Sounya Walker
Ph: (810) 762-5172
Ph: (810) 232-2690
Gateway to College OfficeMott Community College
Prahl College Center, PCC 2280G
1401 E. Court St.
Flint, MI 48503
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