Gateway to College

Gateway to College is designed for young adults age 16 to 21 who have dropped out of high school or are significantly behind in credits and unlikely to graduate on time. This dual credit program allows students to complete their high school requirements while simultaneously progressing toward a college degree or certificate.

While enrolled in the program, students receive wraparound support, one-on-one advising and mentoring to keep them on track and assistance in transitioning to postsecondary education.

To be eligible for Gateway to College, students must:

  • Be interested in/willing to complete a high school diploma.
  • Be willing to make a long-term commitment to progress toward a college degree.
  • Be 16-20 years old.
  • Be behind in high school credits (for age and grade).
  • Have a history of absenteeism and low grade point average.
  • Be able to complete high school diploma requirements by age 21.
  • Be able to read at an eighth-grade level or higher.
  • Be enrolled at a partner school.

Call 216-987-0610 or visit for more information.

Ohio College Tech Prep

The Ohio College Tech Prep program is a seamless, non-duplicative, integrated pathway of education and experience that starts in middle school, continues through high school and post-secondary, and leads to success in a chosen technical career field. The curriculum reflects real-world technical careers in high demand today and prepares students to be college and career ready. The Tri-C Tech Prep program connects high school and college education to high-skill and high-demand technical employment. Students are enrolled in the Tech Prep program through their high school district.

Visit or call 216-987-4987 for more information.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Transfer Program

HBCU Transfer Initiative is a partnership between Cuyahoga Community College, United Negro College Fund, and the Cleveland Council of Black Colleges Alumni Association. Students are urged to complete their associate's degree at Tri-C and move directly into their junior year at an Historically Black College and University. Students majoring in most areas can also earn credits through the project’s dual enrollment component, and transferring credits is a seamless process.

A major advantage for students is saving thousands of dollars by beginning their coursework in high school or at Cuyahoga Community College. Call 216-987-3260 for more information.