Gateway to College: Spinning Out from a Parent Organization

Preeta Nayak, Eva Nazarewicz, Daniel Stid
On July 1, 2008, the Gateway to College National Network, a network of dropout recovery programs developed by Portland Community College (PCC), officially separated from the college to become an independent 501(c)(3). For Laurel Dukehart, former Gateway replication manager and now executive director (ED), the spin off signified the culmination of an intensive year of planning. It also marked the much-anticipated beginning of a new phase in the organization’s growth. This case study explores Gateway’s spin-off experience, key process steps, and lessons learned. While it focuses on one organization’s path, our hope is that the work of Dukehart and her team will prove illuminating to others considering or executing a similar transition.
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