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Students are referred to Gateway in many ways, including from schools, community organizations, and by friends and family members. Our primary goal with the Durham Tech Gateway to College program is to provide an alternative educational option for young people in Durham, ages 16-21, who have dropped out of high school and need a second chance.

How to refer a student:

Step 1: Before referring a student, please review the eligibility requirements. If you have questions about eligibility and/or exceptions to the requirements, please contact us before referring a student.

Step 2: Encourage the student to call the Gateway to College program at 919-536-7248 or email to register for an upcoming Information Session.  All Gateway applicants must attend an Information Session in order to be considered for enrollment.

NOTE: Referral from Durham Public Schools does NOT guarantee a student acceptance into the program. The Gateway to College Selection Committee makes all selection decisions.


What happens after I refer a student?  
  • The applicant should call the Gateway to College staff at 919-536-7248 or email to register for an upcoming Information Session. overhead pohto
  • The applicant should complete the Gateway to College application. Applicants must bring their completed applications to the information session for which they are registered.
  • At the Information Session, applicants and their families will be provided detailed information about the Gateway to College program.  Applicants will also take a reading assessment to determine eighth grade reading level eligibility.
  • Following the Information Session, eligible students will be asked to complete a two-day evaluation of skills to help determine placement. Students will complete reading, writing, grammar, and math assessments.
  • The Gateway to College Selection Committee will review all eligible applicants and make the final selection of students entering the program each semester.  

Please contact us if you need more information.


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Durham, NC 27703

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