Gateway to College

what is gateway to college?

Gateway to College is a nationally recognized scholarship and dual-credit high school diploma completion program. The program serves students ages 16-20 years of age who would like an educational setting that is individually tailored for student success. Students earn their high school diploma while progressing toward a college certificate or associate degree. Interested students participate in an application, admission and orientation process.

gateway to college is for students who:

  • Are 16-20 years old
  • Read at an appropriate level
  • Want a different educational setting
  • Are ready to earn college credit
  • Are ready to earn a high school diploma, not a GED
  • Are able to complete their high school diploma by age 21
  • Are approved by previous high school


Gateway to College students learn how to succeed in a college setting under the guidance of an attentive team of instructors and student resources specialists. The resources specialists help students navigate the college experience - everything from teaching students about goal setting and careers to providing referrals to community resources. During the first quarter, students learn in a small community of peers at the MCC Fort Omaha Campus while completing English, math and career classes.


our team:

Will Smith, assistant director Gateway to College, 531-MCC-2482
Jermaine Ballard, resource specialist Gateway to College, 531-MCC-2488
Donna Neeman, resource specialist Gateway to College, 531-622-2484
Jordan Pirtle, director of Secondary Partnerships and Gateway to College, 531-MCC-2380


Phone: 531-MCC-2213
Metropolitan Community College
Fort Omaha Campus
5300 N. 30th St., Building 7
Omaha, NE 68103

Visit the national Gateway to College website to learn more about the program.


Gateway to College