POTTSTOWN PA – A Montgomery County Community College initiative, designed to ensure struggling high school students keep on track with their education, has earned a national honor. MCCC’s Gateway to College program is one of only eight programs nationwide to receive an excellence award from the Gateway to College National Network, it reported Thursday (March 23, 2017).
Through Gateway to College, students who have dropped out of high school or are significantly off-track in finishing their education can receive high school diplomas from college-based programs such as the one at MCCC, while also earning college credits toward a post-secondary degree or certificate. The MCCC effort currently works with 45 students from 18 school districts in Montgomery and surrounding counties.
Established at the college in 2013, the program has help 83 students earn their high school diplomas and continue in higher education.
To achieve the award, the MCCC program surpassed established benchmarks in four categories: first-term grades, one-year persistence, two-year persistence, and graduation rate, according to national network President Emily Froimson. “We are encouraged by your success and look to your program to be a model and a leader within our network,” Froimson wrote.
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