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Gateway to College expands with $13 million in grants

January 22, 2010 | 12:01 am

The Gateway to College National Network announced today that it has received $13 million in grants to expand programs that help high school dropouts earn a diploma while also amassing college credits.

The grants include $7.28 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, $3.8 million from the Foundation to Promote Open Society and $1 million each from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Kresge Foundation.

Gateway to College serves students who are 16 to 21 years old and have dropped out of school or are unlikely to graduate. They study basic reading, writing and math in community and technical colleges and then transition to regular college courses. Students also receive training in study skills, time management and stress reduction.

Currently, about 3,000 students are enrolled in the program at 27 community and technical colleges around the country, including Riverside City College, Laney College in Oakland and City College of San Francisco.

The new grants will allow the program to expand to 15 new colleges, said Laurel Dukehart, executive director of Gateway to College National Network. The nonprofit group offers training, technical assistance, professional development and start-up funding for participating colleges. School districts also provide administrative support.

In addition, Dukehart said, grant money will be used for a new pilot program at nine colleges called Project Degree, which will provide remedial training and other support services for students 18 to 26 years old who already are in college.

--Carla Rivera

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