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College Initiatives

Gateway continues to provide hands-on training to give students the experience they need to successfully land a job in their career field – as well as provide local business with well-trained workers. The two invigorate the economies of our Gateway Technical College District communities.

Gateway is dedicated to working with the communities’ economic development organizations and the Wisconsin Department of Labor in identifying existing careers or new career opportunities expected in our region to require advanced training, then develop the training programs to meet those needs.

Some of the examples of how Gateway remains a cutting-edge college and partners with industry and state agencies to offer quality training to its students include:

Gateway to Careers Initiative. With the support of a $1 million gift from SC Johnson, Gateway has expanded its successful boot camp training program in manufacturing and health care careers.

Sustainability in curriculum and in practice. Gateway has worked to “green” up its buildings and grounds, including installing energy-saving equipment, using Earth-friendly cleaning chemicals and creating a rain garden. We have also created cutting-edge industry training in the sustainable career fields of geoexchange technology, civil engineering-water resources and sustainable energy systems.

Gateway partners with Snap-on Incorporated in a national training effort. Gateway, along with several other technical colleges from across the nation, have partnered with Snap-on as a regional training consortium to develop and deliver advanced training with the goals of increased technician skills and improved productivity.

Health Professional Opportunity Program. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded Gateway a $5 million grant to assist students in health occupation pathways to increase their skills and advance their careers.

More flexibility and choices for students by adding a third term. Gateway offers a full-length, summer term which gives students more options, more flexibility and more choices as they decide on their academic career. Gateway is the only technical college in the state to offer a full-length summer term to its students.

Spotlighting students doing quality work through the Star Ambassadors program. Randall Delaney, a Professional Communications graduate, is the 2012 Gateway Technical College District Star Ambassador.

Offering more and greater financial opportunities for Gateway students. The Gateway Foundation Inc. will increase to students the number of scholarships, the cash value of those scholarships as well as now offering them to incoming students rather than only to current Gateway students. All of these add up to increased opportunities for Gateway students.