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Pueblo Community College earns national honor

Posted at 1:15 PM, Aug 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-14 15:15:35-04

PUEBLO — The Gateway to College program at the Pueblo Community College recently received the highest honor awarded by the national GTC network.

PCC's is one of only 11 programs nationwide to receive the Program Excellence Award. PCC achieved the honor by exceeding all four of the network's performance benchmarks- first-term grades, one-year- persistence, two-year persistence, and graduation rate.

Jeanelle Soto-Quintana, director of PCC’s pre-college programs, accepted the award at the recent Gateway to College Directors Convening in New Haven, Conn.

"Our students continue to exceed people's expectations all the time,” said Soto-Quintana. “They are amazing. They are smart and stronger than they look. To be honest, our team considers it a blessing and honor to work with them while they find their light."

Gateway to College is for students ages 17 to 20 who, for a variety of reasons, have dropped out of high school or may not have had success in other learning environments. Through GTC, students earn their high school diploma from their original high school, not a GED, and simultaneously can earn college credit.