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Gateway to College, a national dropout recovery and scholarship program, allows students between the ages of 16 and 20 who may not have been successful in high school the opportunity to get back on track and earn a high school diploma.

Through the program and under the guidance of a caring team of instructors and student support specialists with experience and interest in at-risk youth, students complete their high school diploma requirements at community colleges while simultaneously earning college credits toward an associate’s degree, transfer credits, or a certificate. Young people who had little chance of graduating from high school are achieving post-secondary success and pursuing college degrees that will lead to fulfilling and challenging careers.

Since 2003, Gateway to College has evolved from a single-site program into a national network of 35 colleges in 20 states partnering with more than 125 school districts. SFCC is proud to join Gateway to College National Network in this initiative and is the third college in Washington State to implement the program.

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Gateway to College is for students who:

  • Are 16 to 20 years old.
  • Are behind in high school credits (for age and grade), with a history of absenteeism and low GPA, or already dropped out of school.
  • Have fewer than 17 credits when they begin the program
  • Live in one of the following school districts: Spokane Public Schools; West Valley School District; Central Valley School District; Cheney School District; Mead School District; Nine Mile Falls School District; East Valley School District; Freeman School District
  • Read at an eighth grade level or higher (English proficiency).
  • Are able to complete their high school diploma by age 21.
  • Are willing to make a long term commitment (two or more years) to work hard to complete high school and progress toward a college degree.

5-Step Application Process

Please review the basic eligibility requirements before applying to the program:
  1. Complete an Application packet
  2. Attend an evaluation session
  3. Participate in an interview with program staff
  4. Selection Committee Review
You can also call (509) 533-3474 to request an application.

Please note: Leaving a voice mail message does not mean you are registered for an Information Session. A Gateway to College staff member must contact you to confirm eligibility and complete your registration. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation letter. Due to space limitations, applicants must be registered and receive a confirmation letter in order to attend an upcoming Information Session.

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