Gateway to College is designed for young adults ages 16 – 20 who have dropped out of high school or are significantly behind in credits and unlikely to graduate. The program enables them to complete their high school diploma requirements while simultaneously earning college credit toward an associate degree or certificate.
Students are placed into small learning communities during their first semester(s), and together they take classes in reading, writing, math, and college skills. Upon completion of the “Foundation” courses, students transition and begin taking classes with the general student population—all classes are conducted on the Contra Costa College campus. Throughout their enrollment in the program, students receive one on one advising and support from resource specialists who act as mentors and advisors. The wrap-around support of the resource specialists keeps students on the right track for success.
Students graduate from Gateway to College once they have completed their high school diploma requirements.
Contra Costa College is one of 35 community and technical colleges across the country currently offering the Gateway to College program.
While school facilities are closed, learning will not stop. State Superintendent Tony Thurmond said that our energies need to be focused on providing distance learning opportunities for the rest of the school year.
As we enter week three, the focus has shifted to creating a sustainable distance learning platform that is accessible to all students, especially those from our most vulnerable communities.
I want to thank you for staying with us and for your feedback as we transition to an extended period of school closures. We continue to work closely with the employee unions to finalize a plan during the closure due to the shelter in place and stay at home orders. More information coming early next week.
Even though schools are closed and there is a shelter in place order, there is a lot of work to be done. The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Wednesday, April 1. This will be a completely virtual meeting, a first for this District. Details about the meeting, and the agenda, will be made available on Friday, March 27, after 4 p.m.
Today, six Bay Area counties announced that schools would remain closed until May 1 in order to help reduce the spread and transmission of COVID-19. The extension applies to WCCUSD, and we are working to implement a remote learning program by April 13.
As students remain at home and schools remain closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak affecting our community and the globe, we know many people have a number of unanswered questions. I want you to know that District staff is hard at working coming up with definite answers and we will have them soon.
Welcome to Week Two of our school closures. We will continue regular communications to the WCCUSD community to ensure that you have the information you need in order to make decisions for yourselves and your families. Updates and resources are available at www.wccusd.net/districtclosure.
Thank you for your patience and flexibility during an unprecedented and interesting week. I appreciate all the support, feedback and understanding during the school closures caused by the COVID-19 outbreak affecting the community and globe. We will get through this together. Thank you.
Thank you for a successful distance learning distribution. We were able to get more materials and technology into the hands of WCCUSD students. We know there maybe additional items at the schools and are working to potentially host a similar event.
A reminder that we are planning to open all schools for a three-hour window from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow afternoon. This is an opportunity for students and families to pick up distance learning materials such as Chromebooks with chargers and work packets/workbooks/books.
We are planning to open all schools for a three-hour window from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. this Thursday, March 19, 2020. Students and families will have the opportunity to pick up distance learning materials such as Chromebooks with chargers and work packets/workbooks/books.
I want to thank you for being patient as we worked through the best way to manage the coronavirus situation. The news we receive changes frequently and forces us to make quick decisions that impact our students, families and employees. Please keep checking in with us at www.wccusd.net/districtclosure.
The District is closed from Monday, March 16 through Sunday, April 5. Students and families can access distance learning opportunities at https://sites.google.com/wccusd.net/wcc-elearning/home and student meals will be available at Kennedy and Richmond high schools from 11 am to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Closing schools is never an easy decision. We know how much schools build and foster community for students, staff, families, and community members. However in an abundance of caution, we have made the decision to close all of the schools in the District due to the concerns over coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community.
WCCUSD is following Contra Costa Health Services guidance on the coronavirus (COVID-1) situation and postponing or cancelling non-essential public events with 50 or more people for at least the next two weeks. We also continue to follow the county and state department of health guidance on school procedures and notification involving a positive test for a student or staff member.