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BCC to hold information sessions for Fall River high school dropouts

Bristol Community College will hold information sessions on Tuesday, June 26, and Wednesday, June 27, at 6 p.m. for Fall River residents interested in entering its high school dropout recovery program, Gateway to College, this fall.

The Gateway to College program is a free program for students who live in Fall River, MA, and are at risk of dropping out or have dropped out of high school. Students enroll in courses to complete high school requirements and earn college credits. This spring, the first semester of Gateway to College, saw two students who had dropped out of high school graduate in the Durfee High School graduation. Those two students will enroll at Bristol Community College in the fall.

“Gateway to College offers students another pathway to critical credentials that they need to be successful -- their high school diploma, and potentially, a college degree,” said BCC’s Gateway Director Erik Baumann.

Gateway to College was first implemented at Portland (OR) Community College funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The resulting network has grown to use the resources and tools developed by Portland Community College to build a nationwide effort for dropout recovery that is intended to become self-sustaining by the end of the three years. Bristol is one of four Gateway community colleges in Massachusetts, and it was started through a Gates Foundation startup grant to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The College is currently looking for Gateway to College students willing to invest in their futures, said Baumann. “The ideal participant is one who will be focused and willing to do what is necessary to succeed,” he added. Potential students must be ages 16-21, live in Fall River, and be accepted into the program. The information sessions will take place in the Science Building, E207a. Park in lot 12.

Baumann was a guest on the BCC radio show “OnCourse with Bristol Community College” on June 18. A podcast of that show, which discussed in detail the Gateway to College program is online.

For more information about Gateway to College, call 508.678-2811 ext. 2744 or email: