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Gateway Scholar

Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment (ICE) at Roxbury Community College

What is Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment or ICE?

The Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment program is funded through a grant from the Executive Office of Education. The program offers public high school students with severe disabilities, ages 18-22 the opportunity to participate in inclusive college courses (credit or non-credit) to increase their school and work success. Activities include transition support to student participants and their families. In addition, public high school personnel and college faculty involved in the program gain valuable knowledge about promising inclusive practices through technical assistance and trainings.

Who is involved in the Gateway Scholars Program?

Partnerships between public high schools and public institutions of higher education are designed to further develop the academic, social, functional, and employment skills of students with severe disabilities in order to improve their post-secondary school success. Partnership programs provide opportunities for students to enroll in credit and non-credit courses and to participate in other college life activities. The partnerships also promote linkages to adult agencies and organizations, which assist students with their transition to postsecondary activities.
Current Gateway Scholar Partners

  • Roxbury Community College
  • Boston Adult Technical Academy
  • Boston Day and Evening Academy
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Chelsea Public Schools
  • Everett Public Schools
  • Revere Public Schools
  • Saugus Public Schools
  • Institute for Community Inclusion
  • Shore Educational Collaborative
  • Massachusetts One Stop Career Services
  • Job Net

What do the Gateway Scholars students do while they are in the program?

Students enrolled as Gateway Scholars will have an opportunity to explore areas of interest through their college classes, as well as learn career planning, self-advocacy skills and life skills that will help them as they move into adulthood.

Students will take courses that are aligned with their personal transition goals. Students may also be placed in internships and jobs that are aligned with their future goals.

Lastly, students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities and take advantage of all the college and community has to offer!

How do students benefit?

Student participants in the ICE program develop career-planning and employment skills, self-advocacy skills, and new life skills that will assist students in their post-secondary school interests and activities. For example, students participate in:

  • Person-centered planning
  • College courses related to job interests
  • Job shadowing, internships and paid work
  • Travel training
  • Extra-curricular activities at the college
  • Mentoring

Who do I contact to answer questions?

Karen Walker
Gateway Scholars Program Director
(617) 708-3560
kewalker@rcc.mass.edu