How long will it take me to earn my high school diploma?

Most students are in Hennepin Gateway to College for 1-3 years. The exact length of time to earn a diploma depends on how many credits a student has earned before starting Hennepin Gateway to College. Students continue in Hennepin Gateway to College until they earn a high school diploma, at which point we encourage them to continue on in college.

Who are Hennepin Gateway to College students?

  • Hennepin Gateway to College is for students who are:
  • 16 to 20 years old.
  • Behind in high school credits for their age and grade.
  • Reading at an eighth grade level or higher (English proficiency).
  • Able to complete their high school diploma by age 21.
  • Willing to make a long term commitment to work hard to complete high school and progress toward a college degree.

Gateway to College does not serve students who are doing well in high school and want to make an early transition to college. Gateway to College works exclusively with students who have not experienced success in a traditional high school or who are at risk of not graduating on time.

What is expected of me?

  • Students are expected to attend 100% of their classes.
  • Students are expected to come to class on time, be prepared with class materials, and to complete all class and homework assignments.
  • Earn grades of “C” or better in all classes.
  • Students are expected to spend 2-3 hours a day working on their homework(outside of class time). We strongly encourage students who have a job to consider the time demands of the program.
  • Be respectful and courteous and adhere to all Hennepin Technical College policies and procedures and Student Code of Conduct. Once enrolled, all students receive a student handbook with more information about policies and procedures.

What is the cost of the program?

Hennepin Gateway to College is free program for eligible students. Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is free of charge during the Fall and Spring semesters. Tuition, fees, and required textbook costs are paid by the Minnesota Department of Education. Courses numbered below 1000 (developmental level) are not covered by the PSEO program.

The program does not cover general school supplies, such as notebooks, pens, pencils or nonconsumable supplies, such as calculators, instrument rental or uniforms.

How are students supported to achieve success?

All Hennepin Gateway to College students are paired with a Resource Specialist. Resource Specialists provide support and guidance to help students in the program to be successful. Resource Specialists can assist with:

  • Transcript reviews and academic advising.
  • A college study skills course, which helps students with problem solving, time management and stress management.
  • Referrals to resources, such as tutoring, counseling, student activities, health services, and more.
  • Support to students as they make the transition into college.

How do I apply?

Last updated by arunck : 2013-08-05 09:48:12