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Achieving the Dream, a national network that promotes community college reform, and Gateway to College, which helps high school dropouts get their diplomas and earn college credits, announced today that they are merging into one organization.

The Portland, Ore.-based Gateway to College will become ATD's West Coast office. ATD has more than 200 community college partners. Gateway to College partners with more than 30 colleges and 200 public school districts.

The merger will help both organizations serve socially disadvantaged students, expand dual-enrollment options in community colleges and connect ATD community college members with disconnected youth.

“The Gateway to College initiative enables us to help colleges create a robust pipeline from K-12 through community college and into a four-year degree program that students successfully complete,” ATD president and CEO Karen A. Stout said in a news release. “This work will especially ease the transition for historically disadvantaged groups, leading to more equitable outcomes in the long run. By joining our organizations, we have the opportunity to advance new approaches and build innovative personalized supports to help a larger portion of our population to achieve their educational goals and dreams.”