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Gateway grad doubles income in two years

Teisha Thompson

Gateway grad Teisha Thompson said her Gateway training gave her the skills to compete with graduates of four-year colleges for open positions.

Gateway Technical College Accounting graduate Teisha Thompson says the way she figures it, her Gateway degree provided the path a solid-paying career while saving her $30,000 toward obtaining a bachelor’s degree.

She more than doubled her income two years after enrolling at Gateway and says she’ll have her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree finished within a couple years after Southern New Hampshire University accepted all of the 79 credits she earned at Gateway.

“I had a job at a bank a week before graduating, and then found out Southern New Hampshire would take all my credits,” says Teisha.

“The expenses I had those two years at Gateway? I’ll make more than twice that amount my first year of my career.”

Teisha says she plans to enroll in SNHU’s accelerated master’s degree program and then sit for the CPA exam – less than three years after earning her associate degree. As part of the accelerated program, she will earn her bachelor’s degree within six months.

“The expenses I had those two years at Gateway? I’ll make
more than twice that amount my first year of my career.”

- Teisha Thompson

“I knew Gateway would be a key piece for me to go on to a four-year degree because of the cost,” she said. “I also knew it was a place for me to start and gain an education to a career.”

Teisha points to an Accounting class she took in her final semester as the key to landing her current position, with skills that some graduates of four-year colleges didn’t even possess.

 “I was equipped better than some others because of Gateway and my instructor for that class. That’s what my employer told me at the interview.”

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