Pre-College Programs offer an array of opportunities for individuals seeking a high school diploma, GED or pathway into higher education. These second-chance programs are designed to meet the needs of the community and address the need for providing opportunities for a more productive life.
Gateway to College - Gateway to College provides disconnected youth a pathway to self-sufficiency in their communities with a traditional high school diploma from their supporting high schools, while earning meaningful college credits. This program serves students ages 17-20 who have not experienced success in a traditional high school environment but have a desire to earn a diploma and more.
Nationally, about 15 percent of high school students do not graduate on time. There are many reasons for this and the impact of not receiving a high school diploma is profound. Gateway to College students are college students with college opportunities and they develop college expectations.
Gateway to College provides a supportive setting, college access, career development and holistic advisement. Students feel like they belong here.
The partnership between Gateway to College and our local school districts helps reduce dropout rates, increase re-engagement opportunities for students that have left the educational system, and recapture lost per-pupil funding for returning students – money that goes back into our communities.
Seventy-three percent of Gateway to College graduates continue in postsecondary education, according to Achieving the Dream/Gateway to College national data. The partnership between Gateway to College and PCC creates better-prepared college students who take advantage of an already-familiar educational environment to continue with their chosen studies.
GED Classes – The GED face to face preparation classes are designed to help individuals who have not have not completed the requirements of a high school diploma earn a GED (General Education Development). A GED has become an essential first step for improving an individual’s opportunities for employment and education. The curricula include the complete Steck-Vaughn Test Preparation for the 2014 GED series that is divided into four (4) subject area sections: Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Social Studies and Science. The classes start by helping each student create a GED account. Next, students are given assistance and vouchers to take GED Ready tests (pre-tests) for each subject. Students are given their scores and detailed education plans with instructions of how to improve academic performance through the classroom curriculum. The class is separated into three parts: direct instruction, small group work and on your own with tutoring as needed.