The Gateway Project works to provide bridges to community college and high wage careers for disadvantaged and/or disconnected youth and adults. Gateway pilots are underway in six CA counties, involving partnerships between community colleges, workforce boards, employers, social service agencies and community organizations. For more information, see: PDF DocumentDownload and print Financing Education Supports for Youth Transitioning Out of Foster CareĀ»
Financing Education Supports For Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care
PDF DocumentDownload and print the 2007 Contra Costa TimesĀ»
Contra Costa Times: Program helps ex-gang member and school dropout turn her life around

— California Gateway Project

Sponsored by the Walter S. Johnson Foundation

Connect disadvantaged youth and adults to post-secondary education and high wage, high growth career pathways.

Out-of-school youth, transitioning foster youth, disadvantaged youth and adults.

Workforce Investment Boards, community colleges, social service agencies, community based organizations, foundations.

Bridge to college leading to post-secondary training in high wage, high growth fields and/or degree program

  • 14-18 week intensive learning community
  • 12 college credits (216 hours)
  • Intensive English and math skills
  • In-class counselor
  • Financial aid
  • Social support and case management
  • Orientation to career and educational opportunities
  • Transition to post-secondary training in high wage, high growth career pathway, certificate or AA/AAS degree program.
  • Targeted industries to date: allied health, biotechnology manufacturing, construction and other skilled trades (including aviation, automotive and heavy equipment mechanics), energy and petrochemicals, financial services.


  • Counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Stanislaus
  • 12 community colleges
  • 9 Workforce Investment Boards
  • 6 social service agencies
  • Community based organizations and other community partners


  • Community college per capita support
  • WIA adult and youth training resources
  • Social service agency in/kind support