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Gateway to College at Westminster Campus Earns Program Excellence Award

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Gateway to College at Front Range Community College has received a Program Excellence Award from the Gateway to College National Network.

Gateway to College iconGateway to College enables high school students who have dropped out or at risk of dropping out to earn a high school diploma by taking college classes.  The program provides intensive support for students so they can succeed in a college setting.  At FRCC, all classes are on the FRCC Westminster Campus. Since opening in 2008 at FRCC, over 300 students have earned diplomas and an average of 27 college credits.

Students come to Gateway to College from Mapleton 1, Adams 12, Brighton 27J, Westminster, and Jefferson County school districts.

The Program Excellence Award recognizes that Gateway to College at FRCC exceeds performance benchmarks in all four categories set by the Gateway to College National Network – first-term grades of participants; one-year persistence (continuation in the program); two-year persistence; and graduation rate.

“Your program is an exemplar for all of our partner programs and high school re-engagement programs across the country,” Emily Froimson, president of the Gateway to College National Network, wrote to Andy Dorsey, FRCC president.

FRCC’s program is one of eight out of 43 programs in the Gateway to College National Network to earn a Program Excellence Award.


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FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online. FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System.

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The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the state’s largest system of higher education, serving more than 144,000 students annually at 13 colleges and 39 locations across Colorado. Our open access mission ensures all Coloradans who aspire to enrich their lives have access to quality higher education opportunities. CCCS students save time and money with affordable tuition and fees, concurrent enrollment, and guaranteed transfer to any public university in Colorado. Online courses are available via Colorado Community Colleges Online. CCCS also oversees career and technical programs in our 13 colleges, more than 160 school districts, and six other post-secondary institutions. By partnering with business and industry, CCCS helps employers meet workforce needs and prepares students for direct entry to their chosen career pathway. The vast majority of our students are Colorado residents and, after graduation, 97 percent of our students stay in state, becoming the workforce that powers the Colorado economy and the heart of our neighborhoods, businesses, and communities.

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John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College.