MCCC ‘Gateway to College’ Earns Excellence Award

POTTSTOWN PA – For a fourth year, the Gateway to College Program at Montgomery County Community College has earned a national Achieving the Dream Program Excellence Award for helping students achieve academic success.

Gateway to College is an early college program that helps young people re-engage with education and launch post-secondary careers while completing their high school diplomas. Gateway programs are a second chance for students who have been disconnected from education or who might not otherwise be college-bound.

The award recognizes the Gateway program’s positive outcomes for students. It is presented to participating institutions that exceed first-term success, one- and two-year persistence, and three-year graduation rates. Of 30 colleges in the Gateway network, MCCC said it is one of 11 to have exceeded all four benchmarks to receive a 2022 award.

Since MCCC launched the program in 2013 at its Blue Bell and Pottstown campuses, 231 students have earned their high school diplomas. The college works with 20 school districts – locally including Boyertown, Daniel Boone, Owen J. Roberts, Perkiomen Valley, Phoenixville, Pottsgrove, Spring-Ford, Upper Perkiomen, and Montco Works, the county’s workforce investment board – for student referrals.

Partners Waste Management, PECO, Univest, TD Bank, the Kahn family, the Maguire Foundation, the Malik family, Ambler Savings, Thompkins VIST Bank, First Priority Bank and the Gateway to College National Network have provided financial support for the program and student scholarships.

PECO, a long-standing partner since 2013, provided funding to secure laptops for all Gateway students needing them, and lunches two days a week for students attending on campus for hybrid classes.