GARDNER - For the third year in a row, Mount Wachusett Community College has been recognized with a Gateway Program Excellence Award from the Gateway to College National Network.

The 2018 award honors MWCC for exceeding all four of the Gateway to College National Network's performance benchmarks: grade-point average, one-year persistence, two-year persistence and graduation rate.

MWCC's Gateway to College program is a free, full-immersion dual enrollment program for Massachusetts students ages 16 to 21 who have dropped out of high school, are at risk of dropping out or have experienced a setback in high school.

The program provides motivated students a fresh chance to achieve academic success while getting a jumpstart on college.

MWCC is currently enrolling Gateway to College students for the fall 2018 academic year.

There will be two information sessions, on Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 6-8 p.m. at MWCC's Gardner campus in room 310 and on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 12-3 p.m. at MWCC's Gardner campus in room 306.

For information or to register for an information session, call 978-630-9248 or visit