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Success Stories


Shanta Harris completed CNC Boot Camp #13 in 2012 and immediately was hired as a third shift CNC operator at Bradshaw Medical.

Representatives from Bradshaw came into the boot camp and watched people during run time. They gave the students pointers and Shanta took their advice. He interviewed with them the day before graduation in one of the boot camp interview sessions and they called him a week later for a  follow-up interview. He was then offered the position.

Shanta had an opportunity to work as an assistant with the past few boot camps and also came back to Gateway to complete the Lean Six-Sigma Green Belt certification. “It allowed me to see things differently and understand how to help the company improve.” Now he is enrolled in CNC programming classes and has taken six courses here at Gateway and plans to finish six more.  He has progressed to a lead first shift operator and is enjoying it because he gets to help teach other people.

“I was hoping for this…the results are gratifying and I am really happy with how my life is going.”

Shanta Harris
CNC Boot Camp Alumni

"When we were looking to fill two fabricator positions, the prospects we were getting had soft skills that were marginal. About that same time, I was made aware of the revamping of the Welding/Fabricating Boot Camp.  As I learned more about the curriculum of the revised program and got a little more involved, I became very optimistic about filling our two fabricating positions with boot camp graduates. We were looking for prospects that were interested in being a metal fabricator as a career, had enough technical knowledge to be teachable in the fabricating trade, and needed to be a fit with our organization. Justin and Jeremy have shown all three of these characteristics throughout their first three months with Metalworld and are now employees with full benefits."

Gary Meier
President and Co-owner
Metalworld, Inc.

"I enrolled in Gateway’s WEDD Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification course to enhance my job skills and improve my marketability. I received this and more. As a result of this course and encouragement from the instructor, I now have the tools to approach process evaluation and improvement projects. In addition to these tools, I am confident in problem-solving through a systematic approach. In short, because of this class I am competent to dissect and document a process, identify waste, and design improvements. As a consequence, I now have a certification that employers find attractive and the talent to give it meaning."

Mike Kofroth
Student
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification

"Teaming with Gateway Technical College through the Workforce Advancement Training grant has significantly aided in the development of Teleflex employees by providing a broad understanding of Lean Manufacturing…We plan to continue to collaborate and utilize Gateway as a strong resource [in our local community] to help us build and grow our current and future business."

Scott Wells
Training & Document Control Supervisor
Teleflex Medical

Gateway Technical College has partnered with several companies in the development of the HERO Center, including Pierce Manufacturing, Medtec Ambulance Corporation and SimplexGrinnell.

"Pierce and Medtec understand the importance of hands-on training and education. We’re proud to work with the HERO Center to provide the resources and expertise to develop and enhance firefighters’ and first responders’ leadership and professional skills. We are honored that we played a role in bringing this state-of-the-art center from the drawing board to reality."

Jim Johnson
Oshkosh Corporation
Executive Vice President and President, Fire & Emergency