Gates County Community Partnership (GCCP) is presenting “Opening GATES!”, a free college readiness initiative funded by the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, from June 26 – June 30, 2023. The workshop will take place at Gates County High School in Gatesville, North Carolina.

Rising 11th and 12th graders are encouraged to apply for this one-week summer enrichment program combining ACT Prep, youth development, and an overnight college tour of Fayetteville State University and UNC-Pembroke. All expenses will be covered (e.g., supplies, activities, meals, travel and lodging for the college tour, official ACT testing on July 15).

“We are excited to bring this program back for a second year. Last year was amazing and we desire to expose even more youth to this opportunity,” stated Benjamin C. Saunders, Jr., President of Gates County Community Partnership. “We want to emphasize this is not just a Gates County initiative! Local public school students from northeastern North Carolina are welcome.”

The focus of the program is to influence and direct students towards a four-year degree from an accredited university. The goal of the program is to increase the number of students who obtain a postsecondary certification.

“Gates County Community Partnership truly lives up to its name by providing quality, innovative programs for students. “Opening GATES” is an investment in the students and their future goals and aspirations,” stated Dr. Barry Williams, Superintendent of Gates County Schools.

Registration forms are located at Please return to [email protected]. The deadline to apply is Saturday, June 3, 2023. Space is limited.

Gates County Community Partnership is a 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to inspire and increase community engagement by the citizens of Gates County for the educational and social development of its youth. More information about the organization can be found at