The Gateway program, available to high-level ESL (English as a second language) and GED students with college aspirations, redefines adult education as an “on ramp” to college. Among other things, the program includes tuition-waived courses, mandatory advising sessions with college transition specialists and advisors, recognition events and the College Success Seminar course.
“The College Success seminar taught me a lot. When it started, I didn’t know what to expect in college,” said Elizabeth Marquez, a Gateway scholar who completed the seminar this summer at Daley College. “The class taught us to be prepared, and informed us about City Colleges’ Wellness Center, tutors, and other tools that we can use to succeed. We are more prepared to be in college now.”
A former ESL student who became a U.S. citizen in August, Marquez is the founder and president of the CCC’s first Gateway scholars’ student club. She is taking college-credit classes at Daley this fall while working part-time at CCC’s District Office, where she is helping to chart the future of the Gateway program as part of Reinvention. Full article at Lawndale News