GARDNER -- The Gateway to College dual enrollment program at Mount Wachusett Community College is enrolling students for the fall semester.

Established at MWCC in 2005 as the first Gateway site in New England, the program provides a second chance for students ages 16 to 21 who have dropped out of high school, are at risk of dropping out, or experienced a setback. Home schooled students are also eligible to apply.

Applicants to the Gateway program are required to attend a series of three information sessions, which includes the Accuplacer exam, and may choose from sessions being offered July 8, 9 and 11; Aug. 5, 6 and 8; or Aug. 19, 20 and 22.

The program is offered in partnership with the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School District and provides students with full access to campus resources and a dedicated resource specialist for academic advising counseling, tutoring and instructional support. School choice funding covers the cost of tuition and fees. Textbooks for the first semester are included and textbooks are provided for eligible students during subsequent semesters.

Approximately 100 students from throughout the region are enrolled in the Gateway program each year, and a majority of graduates continue their education at MWCC or another college or university.

For more information or to register for an upcoming information session, contact Recruitment Counselor Natasha Robinson in the admissions office at 978-630-9135 or email