STCC Gateway to College Program Receives National Recognition
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Gateway to College program at Springfield Technical Community College received a Program Excellence Award in recognition of exceeding all four benchmarks used to assess the performance of Gateway to College programs nationwide.
Through Gateway to College, students who have dropped out of high school or who are significantly off track complete their high school diplomas in college-based programs while simultaneously earning credits toward a postsecondary credential. STCC has hosted a Gateway to College program since 2013, and the program enrolled 67 students during the academic year when it received the award.
In 2017 and 2018, the STCC Gateway to College program was recognized with a Graduation Achievement Award. This marks its first Program Excellence Award and represents one of only 11 such awards given to Gateway to College programs nationally.
At the Gateway to College Directors Convening in New Haven, Conn., at the end of July, Achieving the Dream President Karen A. Stout and Executive Vice President Emily Froimson presented the award to STCC Gateway Program Director Katara Robinson.
“Gateway to College programs provide a critical second chance for vulnerable high school students and a powerful testament to the importance of wraparound supports and creating a sense of belonging in college. Nearly 75 percent of program graduates nationwide continue their postsecondary education,” Froimson said.
“This award reflects students’ achievements here at STCC’s Gateway to College program,” Robinson said. “Our staff is extremely happy we could be here to support them in their success. We are excited about supporting students and transforming lives.”
STCC Dean of Academic Initiatives Matt Gravel congratulated Robinson and her staff for their commitment to helping students succeed.
“Gateway to College at STCC is a phenomenal program that helps get students back on track and earn their high school diploma,” Gravel said. “The program also gives students a chance to experience a college environment and to appreciate the value of a college education.”
About Springfield Technical Community College
Founded in 1967 and located on 35 acres of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, STCC is a major resource for the economic vitality of Western Massachusetts. As the only technical community college in Massachusetts, STCC, a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, offers a variety of career programs unequalled in the state. STCC’s highly regarded transfer programs in business, engineering, liberal arts, science and technology continue to provide the most economical options for students pursuing a four-year degree. With an annual enrollment of about 7,000 day, evening, weekend and online students, STCC is a vibrant campus rich in diversity.
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About Achieving the Dream
Achieving the Dream (ATD) leads a growing network of 277 community colleges committed to helping their students, particularly low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity. ATD is making progress in closing academic achievement gaps and accelerating student success through a unique change process that builds each college’s institutional capacities in seven essential areas. ATD, along with 75 experienced coaches and advisors, works closely with Network colleges in 44 states and the District of Columbia, including 35 Gateway to College programs in 18 states, to reach more than 4 million community college students.
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