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MWCC Gateway to College Program Earns National Award at Peer Learning Conference

Gateway to College National Network celebrated 20 years working with at risk youth and vulnerable populations at their National Peer Learning conference which was held virtually in July. MWCC Gateway to College alumni Eden Shaveet, Jasson Alvardo-Gomez, Sidney Myers, and Abraham Bravo joined Gateway to College Resource Specialist Sharmese Gunn in representing community college students and the MWCC program.
     Class of 2017 Alumni Eden Shaveet joined the “Alumni Addresses and Program Recognition” panel to share her journey from high school dropout to Gateway to College, which she called her “last resort” to Tufts University School of Medicine where she is pursuing her Masters in Health Analytics while working at UMass Medical School in the Division of Com- monwealth Medicine as a Project Coordinator.
     The “Student Voices in Community College and Higher Edu- cation”panel discussion explored how Gateway to College not only impacts students, but how these students impacted their institutions and higher education.
     Alvardo-Gomez discussed his experience as a Board of Trustee member during the selection process for MWCC’s new presi- dent, and again as the Student Member of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education during the search for a new president for Bridgewater State University. Alvardo-Gomez, who graduated from MWCC in 2017, has since started a non-profit “Fundacion Amor Y Paz Inc.”
     Abraham Bravo, who graduated with the MWCC Class of 2020 and made the Presidents List during the final COVID-19 interrupted semester, shared his experiences as a member of the Student Advisory Council for the Massachusetts Depart- ment of Higher Education, and a MWCC Board of Trustees member. Bravo is now pursuing his bachelor’s degree at Andrews College in Michigan.
     Myers reflected upon his experiences as Student Government Association President and changes to bylaws in student government to make it inclusive to more students. Myers, who graduated with the class of 2020, is in the pre-medical program at Fitchburg State University. During his time at MWCC, he served as the president of the SGA and the Phi Theta Kappa National Honors Society and participated in the Commonwealth Honors program.
     “As the Gateway to College National Network celebrated its 20th year during our first virtual Peer Learning Conference in late July, we were thrilled to listen and learn from student and staff experts from the very first Gateway to College program to launch in Massachusetts, MWCC’s Gateway to College program,” remarked Stephanie Davolos, Director of Gateway to College, New England Achieving the Dream, Inc. “The Mount continues to deeply impact young people as it enters its fifteenth year of serving disconnected high school students in a rigorous, high support full-time early college program. in every community in our country.”
     MWCC is currently enrolling students interested in starting Gateway to College in January 2021. Information sessions are being held monthly, visit mwcc. edu/gateway for dates and registration information.
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