Gateway Program Provides Help for Single Parents

The Gateway Program supplies educational, training and employment support

The Gateway Program is a training and employment program for Garfield County, helping eligible parents to achieve economic and emotional self-sufficiency.  Gateway is a collaboration between the Garfield County Department of Human Services and Colorado Mountain College.

Gateway serves eligible parents either from the community at large, or from the Colorado Works program run by Garfield County Human Services.  If you are an eligible parent currently receiving TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy Families) benefits from the Department of Human Services or you are a displaced worker please contact us. Your life may never be the same!

Gateway helps eligible parents who:

  • Need to get their GED or high school diploma
  • Wish to pursue college-level classes leading to a certificate or degree
  • Need to brush up math, English, or computer skills
  • Have not recently been in the workforce
  • Have medical or other disabilities which are barriers to employment
  • Need help, but are not sure what is available or where to go for help

Through Colorado Mountain College, you may receive vocational counseling and testing, financial aid information, and student advising regarding occupational certificates and/or associate degree programs. Other services include but are not limited to: scholarships, career counseling, short-term personal counseling, and/or referrals to other local helping agencies.  We also offer the Link-to-Success program.

What is Link-to-Success?

Our "Link" program is an ongoing "ready for school, ready for work, ready for life" series of classes.  The Link-to-Success program allows clients the ability to participate in activities designed to build self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-reliance; set personal and career goals; and develop parenting skills. The Link curriculum includes:

  • An introductory computer class
  • A full series of parenting classes
  • Workshops in effective communication
  • Conflict management
  • Goal setting
  • Stress management
  • Healthy bodies
  • Money management
  • Choosing a child-care provider

Success in vocational education is a primary goal of the Link-to-Success program.  Link to Success classes are currently offered at the CMC West Garfield Campus and are offered for participants throughout Garfield County.

Women in Transition Scholarship

The Gateway Program is an educational, training and employment program that helps single parents achieve their personal and career goals. The Wo/Men in Transition scholarship can help with the cost of tuition and books for parents meeting certain eligibility requirements. The scholarship is limited to areas where funding is provided through local grants and contracts.

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a single parent with at least one child at home
  • Live in Garfield, Eagle or Pitkin counties
  • Attend or plan on attending CMC
  • Not be eligible for Pell Grant funding
  • Be in good standing (GPA of 2.5 or better) if you are currently attending CMC


Learn how to apply for this scholarship — Please Contact:

Jill Ziemann
Director of the Gateway Program