Gateway Community and Technical College is Northern Kentucky’s only accredited two-year institution. It appeals to a wide array of students, from those looking to work right out of school to those who wish to continue their education at four-year universities.

“Gateway serves students from high school, through our dual credit program, to senior adults who can take college classes at no charge through state vouchers, and everyone in between. Our average age [of enrollment] is 26,” says the director of communications at Gateway, Michelle Sjogren.

The institute recently completed and renewed transfer partnership agreements with seven four-year partners for those who want to continue their education.

These universities include Eastern Kentucky University, Mount St. Joseph University, Northern Kentucky University, Sullivan University, Thomas More College, University of Kentucky and University of Louisville; they signed agreements that provide students clear pathways from Gateway to four-year institutions.

“Each of us has something unique to offer students, and our partnership offers them limitless possibilities,” says Dr. Fernando Figueroa, president of Gateway. “We all share the privilege of serving our students and our communities. We serve them best when we partner.”

The institute has also expanded its nursing and welding programs. Students may now earn welder helper, gas welder, ARC cutter, shielded metal arch welding, gas metal ARC welding and gas Tungsten ARC welding certificates. They can also get certificates as a combination welder, tack welder, production line welder and ARC welder, which were previously available.

“Gateway recognizes the need for qualified welders and has redesigned our welding program to meet industry demand,” says Figueroa.

The Gateway nursing program will expand in August with a fall 2017 cohort of 24 nursing students.

“As the economy shifts and health care evolves, the need for nursing in the community is at an all-time high. Gateway Community & Technical College recognizes this need and continues its commitment to nursing excellence in Northern Kentucky,” says Melani Stephens Stallkamp, Gateway nursing program director.

The institute also began Historic Preservation classes through the community education program and received a national certification for its EMS program.

“I applaud our faculty for their diligent work to earn this national accreditation,” says Figueroa, “Not only is our faculty award winning, but they also continuously strive to offer our students the most relevant instruction and experience, preparing them to enter the workforce.”

For the Historic Preservation classes, students will learn the basics of historic preservation theory and practice, photograph the architecture of historical landmarks and assess condition and create a rehabilitation and maintenance plan for historic sites.

Compared to larger universities, students at Gateway often get more individual attention from instructors and pay less (approximately 40 percent less) for this quality experience than at a public four-year university.

“Gateway offers education and training in high-wage, high-demand careers in transportation, logistics, advanced manufacturing, nursing, IT and many others,” Sjogren says. “Or, one can start here and continue on to a traditional four-year path. Anyone who is looking to discover and develop his/her talent in just about any field can start at Gateway.”

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