Gateway to College

Gateway to College

Welcome to Gateway to College!

Gateway to College is a unique dual enrollment opportunity for students who either have not experienced success in the traditional high school setting or are looking for a new opportunity to excel while still in high school or home school. The program is ideal for students who have dropped out of high school or are at risk of dropping out. Gateway students have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma with the added benefit of receiving free college credits toward an Associate degree or certificate through a variety of career-focused pathways.

Upcoming Virtual Information Sessions for Spring 2021 Applicants

The first day of each set of sessions is held from 6 pm to 7:30 pm and should be attended by both students and guardians, the second is held at 12:00 for students. Call (978)630-9578 for details or email Lisa Burns
Applicants must attend both days of an info session, complete an application and have an interview to be considered for the program.

  • October 28 and 30 2020
  • November 18 and 20, 2020
  • December 9 and 11, 2020
  • December 23, 2020
  • January 6, 2021

All applicants for Gateway to College must attend an info session and complete the online application. Please call 978-630-9248 to sign up for an information session.

Please note that the essay portions will be used to determine English placement and should reflect your best writing skills.  All materials should be emailed to

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What is Gateway to College?


How much does Gateway to College Cost?

  • This unique scholarship program funds tuition, fees, and first-semester books for all enrolled students
  • Upon acceptance, students are responsible for a one-time $100 fee (good for the entire time a student is enrolled in the program)

How does Gateway to College work?

Gateway graduates earn their high school diploma while earning free college credits toward an Associate degree or certificate at MWCC.

All classes take place on MWCC campuses. During the first semester of their Gateway to College experience, students complete coursework in core academic subjects at the Gardner Campus. In subsequent semesters, students are guided toward a pathway or college major based on courses they need for both their high school diploma and an MWCC Associate degree/certificate. At that point, students have the opportunity to enroll in courses at other MWCC campuses, Leominster or Devens. Gateway to College students have full access to MWCC support services, student activities and free tutoring including MCAS support.

Who is eligible to be a Gateway to College Student?

Students who should consider Gateway to College:

  • Have not earned a high school diploma (includes currently enrolled students), GED/HiSET recipients, home-schooled students and students who left high school prior to graduating
  • Are at least 16, no older than 21
  • Live in Massachusetts
  • Are motivated and willing to work hard

Please note: Acceptance to the program is not guaranteed and program space is limited. The Selection Committee will take into consideration the applicant’s motivation for the program, the completeness of the application packet, and information session attendance.

Students who have a disability and who may require accommodations in order to participate fully in program activities at MWCC should contact Gateway to College to discuss their specific needs at 978-630-9248.


Eden Shaveet Shares her Journey to Gateway

Eden dropped out of high school when she was 14. She had been bullied and was using substances to cope. She never returned to high school – she went straight to community college instead and enrolled in MWCC's Gateway to College program.
“The Gateway to College program offered me the second chance I needed and that little extra push to get my schedule in order.”

Jonathan Blouin, 2018, Liberal Arts & Sciences (2017, Gateway to College)

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