The College Gateway Program Works!!

  • Gateway starts with the toughest population.
  • We instill hope through support.
  • We retain and graduate students.
  • We prepare students for schools and jobs.
  • We reduce recidivism and substance abuse.
  • We improve quality of life.

(Click here to see results from our most recent survey.)

Free upcoming webinar featuring Gateway Program Coordinator Catherine Lachman

Thinking Outside The Cell: Providing Educational Opportunities For Offenders & Ex-Offenders
Friday, November 22 ~ 1:00-2:30 EST

States and communities struggle with the social and monetary costs of high recidivism rates. Colorado is no exception: Approximately 50 percent of individuals released from prison find themselves back in the system within three years. At an average cost of $30,000 per year to house a prisoner, it's an expensive cycle for everyone. Now Colorado is trying to change the way it looks at incarceration and re-entry.

A number of community colleges in Colorado have implemented programs targeting ex-offenders, offering them increased services, counseling and other preparation to go on to postsecondary education. This webinar will look at these successful initiatives, why they make sense, and also how the college initiatives can be replicated on other campuses.

Learn more and register at

A Gateway Perspective

“…a curriculum and support system that encourages you to use your skills and abilities in new ways, so you become a successful contributor to your family and community.

However, Gateway is about more than academics. We provide personal attention to students while combining traditional coursework with other life skills. Through mentoring, technical assistance, and other resources, we assist you in making positive changes in all areas of your life. Perhaps most importantly, College Gateway is a family. Participants enjoy fun activities such as picnics, holiday dinners, and clubs. Staff and students in the program truly care for one another, providing an on-going support system that encourages and celebrates each participant’s success.”

Gateway Graduates 2008
Gateway family function at RRCC.

What do graduates say about Gateway?

  • “I now have a better idea about what I want to do: continue my education.”
  • “It helped me find myself and more.”
  • “You all gave me hope.”
  • “I moved on and have taken off in a new direction.”
  • “Gateway helped me discover myself.”
  • “They put me on track.”

In short, Gateway works!

  • Gateway starts with the toughest population
  • They instill hope through support
  • They retain and graduate students
  • They prepare students for school and jobs
  • They reduce recidivism and substance abuse
  • They improve quality of life
  • Attends to the “Central Eight” criminogenic factors of offenders
  • Utilizes the Risk-Need-Responsivity model
  • A surprise element…?

(See case study by DU professor.)

Student Spotlight

Jessica Stovall attended the College Gateway program in 2006 and recently completed her BSN at Metro.

Jessica Stovall

RRCC President's Comment on Gateway

Hear what our President, Michele Haney, has to say about the Gateway program. Listen or download (.mp3)