Gateway to Success

The Gateway Program is a unique tutoring program where tutors are hired to work directly with specific instructors for specific classes, both inside and outside the classroom. 

Gateway Tutoring Center

As part of the Partnership for Student Success, Gateway to Success is a faculty-driven, faculty-managed program designed to help students achieve success.



(805) 730-4473

The Gateway Center has new hours (as of 1/29/2020):

Monday 9:00 AM - 8:15 PM

Tuesday 9:00 AM - 8:15 PM

Wednesday 9:00 AM - 8:15 PM

Thursday 9:00 AM - 8:15 PM

Friday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Learning Opportunities:

Santa Barbara City College tutors are waiting to help students.

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SBCC students can become tutors as student workers.

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Tutoring Resources:

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Tutor Feedback Form

Tutors fill out these forms to ensure that sessions run smoothly and students' needs are met

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Tutor Training Seminars

A mandatory seminar for all new tutors to gain access to the basic principles of tutorial theory and practice.

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Additional Resources:

  • Description of the Gateway to Student Success Program

    The Gateway Program is designed to provide individualized tutoring assistance for various classes at Santa Barbara City College. Classes designated Gateway have a specific tutor who works with the instructor and students to help provide the types of tutoring most beneficial to the nature of the course and needs of the students.

    Who can use the Gateway Center?

    Anyone can use the Gateway Center as a place to study or work in small groups. 

    How is Gateway tutoring different from other tutoring programs?

    Each Gateway class has its own tutor--ideally a student who has completed the course from the same instructor.  That way, the tutor knows exactly what is going on in class and what the instructor expects. Many Gateway tutors have scheduled hours in the Gateway Center (ECC 04) to help students outside of class.

    Is there any extra cost to be in the Gateway Program?

    All tutoring services offered through SBCC are free to enrolled students.   

    How do I register for a Gateway class?

    There are no extra steps in registering for a Gateway class.  Your instructor will notify you if there is a Gateway tutor available to your class.

    What do I do when I come to the Gateway Center for tutoring?

    Before you come to the Gateway Center for tutoring, make sure you have your I.D. Card or K-Number to receive tutoring. The first thing you do any time you use the Gateway Center is sign in at the computer on the left. Scan your I.D. card (or enter your K-Number), click “Check In,” and confirm which class you are here for tutoring.  Repeat the process on your way out, but this time, click “Check Out” after you scan your I.D. card. 

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    Dr. Vandana Gavaskar
    Gateway Director, Director of Learning Support Services
    805-965-0581 Ex 2673
  • Looking for information on the Gateway Program? Here are some frequently asked questions to streamline your search.

    FAQs for Students

    FAQs for Prospective Tutors


    What is the Partnership for Student Success?

    The Partnership for Student Success is a faculty-driven ongoing initiative encompassing these college programs:

    The Partnership includes a variety of learning and instructional support programs aimed at building academic skills, particularly basic skills, across the disciplines. The Partnership is propelled by assistance for all participants based on active mutual engagement of students, faculty, and tutors.

    Success Data

    Click here for complete texts of the evaluation studies for the PSS programs: Success Data