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From Hot Wheels to big cars

Gateway helps student follow his automotive industry dreams

Guadalupe Jaramillo, Automotive Technology Student

Guadalupe Jaramillo has held a lifelong interest in cars.

He played with toy cars as a child, dreaming one day he would work on actual cars as an adult.

“I’ve always loved cars. I started by playing with Hot Wheels when I was a kid,” says Lupe. “I had that big rug with all the streets on it, you know the one? I used to play with my cars on that. Then I started to go to car shows.

“I always knew I wanted to have an automotive career.”

Lupe’s first step to realizing his lifelong career dream? Enrolling in Gateway Technical College’s Automotive Technology program.

“You need the degree for your future,” says Guadalupe. “Especially if you want to become a manager or own your own shop some day. You need a degree for that.

“Once I obtain that degree, the doors open for me. There are many places where we will be qualified to get a job. This is a field looking for people who know what they are doing – and the training I received at Gateway will help me to know what I need to succeed.”

Guadalupe, also known as Lupe, began his education and career path early. He earned eight Gateway credits while still in high school through a transcripted credit agreement with Badger High School. Students such as Lupe earn college credits in high school for no charge and are also able kickstart their education before they even graduate high school by applying them toward a college degree.

“You need the degree for your future.”

- Guadalupe Jaramillo

“I see a lot of people going to a four-year college. They pay a lot of money, and they don’t end up getting the career they really wanted or that job that pays a lot of money. Going to Gateway, my tuition bill will be a lot less expensive – and it will give me the skills to a job that pays well, and one that I will like.”

Lupe says he’s learned a lot from the program, and applies what he learns in the classroom to his workplace at an area auto repair shop.

“I learn in class how it works – then I go to work and put it into practice,” he says.