Gateway Technical College laid the cornerstone of career training when Racine Continuation School began classes Nov. 3, 1911 as the first compulsory, publicly-funded school in Wisconsin - and, in doing so, also became the first in America. Although Gateway wasn’t named “Gateway” until 1972, it nevertheless has a history in Southeast Wisconsin that stretches back to the beginning of the 20th Century. From its beginnings in three different counties, Gateway’s story maps the changes and shifts in education, labor, technology and commerce.
Wisconsin's Legislature led the way in creating technical education schools in 1911, but this educational concept spread quickly to the rest of the United States. Technical education continues to write the future of our country's employers and the careers of its workers.
From its inception, Gateway has provided students with education and training to pave the way for their careers and their futures. Its tailored training met the needs of the industry of the day – addressing traditional as well as emerging, in-demand career fields. Gateway continues to serve its communities by supplying local industry with trained workers and residents with opportunities to gain solid paying careers.
Gateway looks forward to the next century of meeting the needs of the industries, the communities and the students it serves each year in Kenosha County, Racine County and Walworth County.