Transcript - Open Your Gateway

Something happened in their life. Maybe they got pregnant. Maybe something in their house happened with their family members. Maybe it was just the school system, for them, was not the right fit. 

I was always fighting, getting suspended from school. 

I started failing. I wasn't that good at math so I felt that and they told me instead of passing that year, I would have to repeat the whole year. 

I have sickle cell anemia. So that really kept me out of school, kept me in the hospital. 

I want to be the first one in my family to attend college and make something my life. 

I want to move forward. I don't want to stay where I'm at. I want to go to college or get a job. 

When I heard about the Gateway program, it was something I definitely wanted to do. 

Their purpose is really to have a dual credit. To finish their high school diploma as well as getting college credit. 

As a resource specialist, it's to kind of be that bridge for them, help to connect them to the different resources. 

We serve as an academic advisor for them. And so, when they first start the program, we will register them for their classes. And then we also will teach one of the classes, which is the college skills class. 

They're, like, serious about your education and they want you to succeed in life and be what you want to be. When you need help or when you don't understand something that they teach you, Paul can break it down for you. 

The other students, like, everyone's really about-- they want to do the program as well. And it's not like high school where everyone slacks off. 

The maximum students in here might be like 25 students per class. So I think it's a lot easier for me to focus. 

Without education, you won't succeed in life. Especially in today's economy. 

You have to be 100% serious about your education. You have to be here 100% or try to be here. 

There are people here in the Gateway program who really care about you and who are here to support you as you take your steps, they will walk right beside you and support you as you move forward towards your educational goals.