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Community College of Philadelphia Gateway to College Program hosting virtual open house on August 10

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Community College of Philadelphia’s (College) Gateway to College program will host a virtual information session on Monday, August 10 at 10 a.m. The information session invites individuals ages 16 to 21 who have disengaged from high school and are looking to earn their high school diploma.  

Gateway to College is an alternative education program geared toward assisting School District of Philadelphia students who did not complete high school with finishing their high school requirements while also providing them the opportunity to gain college credits toward an associate degree or certificate. 

“We are proud to support students in Philadelphia who are looking to head back to school and earn their diploma,” said Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president of the College. “There are many reasons students may disengage from school, but they can get back on track quickly and in a way that allows them to work toward an associate degree. The Gateway to College program is perfect for anyone who is interested in working hard and meeting their goals.” 

Students are enrolled for a minimum of one to three years based on credit needs. There are no out-of-pocket fees for students as tuition, textbook costs and program fees are fully covered under Gateway to College.   

“The Gateway to College program is a wonderful opportunity for young individuals to get back on track and work towards building a future with greater options for success,” said William R. Hite, Jr., Ed.D., superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia. “We know that the income outcomes for those without a high school diploma or even some college are significantly worse than those with a bachelor’s degree or higher. So, this program is doing more than allowing young people to earn a high school diploma; it’s very possible this program can go a long way in helping people strengthen their financial foundation and close the income gaps that disproportionately impact so many in our city.” 

Individuals must apply online for acceptance into the program. Eligible students must be between the ages of 16 and 21, must not be attending school and have been out of school for at least three months, live within the boundaries of the School District of Philadelphia, and be able to perform in college-level courses as determined by an academic assessment process. 


Once accepted, students will receive academic support in math, reading, college readiness workshops and also meet weekly with an academic coordinator to help ensure they stay on track. Gateway students enroll in College courses and earn both high school and college credits.  

The information session is free to attend and will be hosted virtually. Interested individuals must pre-register to receive login details, and should visit, call (215) 751-8404, or email [email protected] Attendees are encouraged to have high school transcripts and a valid school ID on-hand.  

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