The Gateway to College Program at Camden County College was awarded its sixth consecutive national Performance Excellence Award at this year’s National Directors Convening of the Gateway to College / Achieving the Dream National Network. The annual award is presented to Gateway programs which satisfy the benchmarks established by the national network to assess the performance of Gateway programs nationwide. Camden Gateway has the unique distinction of receiving this award each year since it was introduced.
The 2021 Gateway to College National Performance Excellence Award highlights the success of the Camden Gateway to College program during the 2019-20 school year, when colleges and school districts transitioned to 100% virtual learning, as they struggled to cope with the Covid-19 Corona Virus. Camden Gateway to College program was able to celebrate the Class of 2020 as its largest graduating class ever with seventy-five graduates.
During the recognition, program Director Sweeney expressed his thanks and appreciation to the parents, his dedicated staff and the Gateway students for their persistence and dedication to achieving such extra ordinary success.
The Gateway to College program at Camden County College partners with the Camden City School District, the Pennsauken School District and the Gateway to College / Achieving the Dream National Network. The program affords an opportunity for disengaged students who may have dropped out of school or are in danger of not graduating on time, to complete their high school education in a collegiate environment and earn college credits (at the same time), which may be used towards a college degree of a professional certificate.
The Camden Gateway program is now accepting applications and will expand its services to Camden City residents by fifty percent (to serve 150 students) for the 2021-22 school year, giving even more young people the opportunity and a real second chance.