ÉXITO Title V Grant Program

ÉXITO Title V Grant Program

EXITO Grant

GateWay Community College, a majority-minority serving institution with a large population of part-time students, serves a diverse population of over 7,000 students from the Greater Phoenix area and Maricopa County, Arizona. 56% of that population is Hispanic, and 67% of is made up of First Generation college students. GateWay’s proposal, Equitable Experience Infused Through Out (ÉXITO) GateWay: a holistic approach to foster student well-being and academic attainment encompasses GateWay’s vision to develop a proactive, student-ready culture that sets the stage for student success from the College’s first contact with a student, through  graduation, and beyond. Furthermore, éxito in Spanish means, “success” and it is the College’s  desire to support students to succeed. Title V funding supports the retention and preparedness of students attending a Hispanic-serving institution.

GateWay’s Title V program is designed to remove barriers and address gaps throughout the student lifecycle that can impede Hispanic and other low-income student access, retention, and student success. Whether that is degree completion or transfer to a 4-Year Institution, GateWay has put together the following 5 Year Plan that will help reach these goals:

Removing Barriers

  • Making support & resources equitable to close the success gap.
  • Enhancing communication with students and the community thereby demystifying higher education.
  • Offering contextualized financial literacy information.

Enhancing Support Services and Systems

  • Using data to inform interventions for at-risk students.
  • Providing early and personalized interventions for those at-risk students.
  • Providing additional resources to support employees and students.
  • Providing students with enhanced experiential learning opportunities.

Cultivating a Positive Mindset

  • Preparing students for success beyond classrooms and careers.
  • Enhancing courses to infuse positive education.
  • Developing a culture of Well-Being that focuses on supporting the whole student and employee.

Enhancing Diversity and Culture

  • Strengthening GateWay’s Hispanic Serving Institution identity.
  • Developing opportunities to recognize and celebrate diversity.
  • Providing employee development to cultivate cultural competency at all levels of the institution.           

Learn More at  U.S. Department of Education

Accordion Set

A signature component of the ÉXITO grant is GateWay's new Center for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. This center works to create a just community college experience that values everyone's stories and backgrounds, and empowers students to achieve their personal, educational, and professional goals.

The DEI Center strives to create an inclusive and equitable campus environment by supporting identity exploration and development, while validating the diversity of our individual experiences, and facilitating educational dialogues across different identity groups. 

Within the Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion suite is the GateWay Art Gallery, which embraces the dynamic and multidisciplinary nature of today’s visual culture. The gallery features student, faculty and guest artist works from historically underrepresented backgrounds and subjects in order to provide students, educators and community members a vibrant space for interaction, reflection, experimentation and dialogue.

GateWay is committed to the success of its students by providing an environment conducive to teaching and learning. To ensure that every student takes full advantage of the educational opportunities, the College has implemented many action plans to help with retention and promote cognitive and affective skills, one of them being the Early Alert Action Plan.

The goal of the Early Alert Action Plan is to establish an Early Alert process for faculty and staff to assist students who are struggling in their class(es) early in the semester to prevent them from receiving a failing grade or entering into Academic Probation. 

Another action plan set in place is the Academic Probation Action Plan, which is meant to assist low-performing students who are struggling in their class(es) early in the semester to maintain good academic standing.

As well as offering personal support through holistic and comprehensive services,  GateWay’s goal is to engage proactively with students and collaborate with multiple departments around the college to provide more personalized support. This will involve designing and facilitating success strategy workshops for students, relying on results of non-cognitive assessments taken during onboarding or using predictive analytics as appropriate.

GateWay Community College is committed to cultivating an environment of meaningful learning, engagement and connection, and to embracing an integrated and strategic approach to well-being for all through the collegewide implementation of the 5C’s of Well-Being Culture: Character, Care, Connection, Contribution and Career. 

GateWay is looking to increase well-being literacy for all of our community members by weaving well-being language and knowledge into teaching and learning, and creating opportunities for individuals to understand and mindfully construct well-being experiences. Well-being literacy enlarges our capability of choosing well-being and empowers us to intentionally practice in ways that improve and sustain our own flourishing, as well as that of others and the wider community.

In 2019, GateWay became the first Community College of Well-Being by creating and integrating a collegewide framework called the 5C’s of Well-Being Culture. Values for our commitment to well-being are framed around the 5C’s and include the following:

  • Character: Develop authentic strengths of character that enable us to do and be our best
  • Connection: Foster and maintain close positive relationships and a sense of belonging
  • Care: Take care of our emotional, physical and financial wellness, and create a safe, inclusive and flexible environment to cultivate flourishing
  • Contribution: Enable all community members to be a part of something bigger than ourselves and articulate a unique purpose for learning and for life
  • Career: Provide knowledge and skills to make individual decisions that contribute to both career and life success

ÉXITO MakerMatic

The ÉXITO MakerMatic brings together a small group of GateWay students and pairs them up with a local Arizona business, in order to tackle current challenges faced by that business or organization.

ÉXITO On-Campus Internship

The ÉXITO On-Campus Internship pairs you up with a GateWay faculty member or staff. Our leaders will teach you a multitude of attributes, outside of just your skill set, that will help you become a better hiring candidate in any setting.

How it works:

  • Students sign up for these paid internships, where they will apply classroom skills to real world business challenges.
  • Sessions will be either hosted on campus by faculty or staff, and/or by actual business leaders in the community.
  • Sessions can be hosted by leaders, either at their place of business or in the MakerSpace. A group of roughly 12 interns are coached and mentored through the process by faculty, the instructor, and the business.
  • Staff coaches and mentors interns and takes responsibility for all logistic, HR, and other aspects of that internship.

For more info, please reach out to Adam Farni at adam.farni@gatewaycc.edu.

What previous student interns have to say about their ÉXITO MakerMatic adventure:

ÉXITO Title V Grant

GateWay’s ÉXITO Title V Grant (#P031S190167) is funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program. The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or national origin. A lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the career and technical education programs of the District. The Maricopa County Community College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities. For Title IX/504 concerns, call the following number to reach the appointed coordinator: (480) 731-8499. For additional information, as well as a listing of all coordinators within the Maricopa College system, https://www.maricopa.edu/non-discrimination.