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What is the GATE Program?

Since 1993, the GATE program has unlocked doors for 18- to 21-year-olds with developmental disabilities. GATE is a vocational program that teaches skills for everyday living and skills to be productive in the workplace.

Operated by Vancouver Public Schools, it serves approximately 40 students from Southwest Washington.

Students who graduate from the GATE program have enhanced skills for self-sufficiency. Many have jobs and independent living arrangements. All GATE graduates are well on their way to becoming productive and happy community members.

Students develop:

  • Resumes
  • Letters of interest
  • Job application skills relating to their transition plan

Each activity is directly tied to the student’s individual education plan.

What students gain

GATE vocational philosophy

Work experiences help prepare students for working in the business world. Students have the opportunity to develop attitudes and skills needed for employment. They must take pride in their quality of their work and the effort that goes into learning.