Owens Community College announces New Gateway to college
Representatives of Owens Community College, Toledo Public Schools, and Gateway to College National Network recently joined community leaders to officially unveil details about the Gateway to College program and to announce the application process for prospective students. Owens is the only academic institution in Ohio to offer the program, which serves students who have dropped out of high school or are at risk of dropping out.
“Owens Community College is proud to extend this innovative educational program to young people in the Toledo Public Schools district and assist them in achieving their educational and career goals,” said Dr. Mary Rizza, Owens Director of Learning Communities/Gateway to College. “I encourage prospective students to consider this opportunity at a second chance to realize their fullest academic potential.”
Beginning Tuesday, June 26, 2012, area residents between the ages of 16 and 20 who have dropped out of high school or are at risk of dropping out are invited to apply for a fall 2012 start in the Gateway to College program. Prospective students must reside in the Toledo Public Schools district. Applications are available and must be returned to the College’s Gateway to College Office by Aug. 3. Fall classes begin Aug. 20.
In 2011, Owens was awarded a $325,000 start-up grant from Gateway to College National Network to implement Gateway to College, a nationally recognized dropout recovery program.
Gateway to College is designed for young adults ages 16 to 20 who have dropped out of high school or are significantly behind in credits and unlikely to graduate. The program enables them to complete their high school diploma requirements while simultaneously earning college credit toward an associate degree or certificate.
For more information about the Gateway to College program, call (567) 661-7241 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7241, or e-mail at [email protected].