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Strong instructors, flexible training hours

Help firefighter to gain degree and career

Ryan Jaslowski

Ryan Jaslowski says Gateway’s flexible course schedule allowed him to work while going to college – but still allowed him a way to graduate in two years.

Ryan Jaslowski says Gateway’s strong instructors, combined with a flexible course schedule, prepared him well for the workforce as well as giving him the flexibility to work while gaining an education.

Ryan has already secured a position in his career field as a firefighter.

“The programs were set up in a way where I could go to class during the week, and still have time to work,” he said. “I had a part-time job but still was able to finish in two years.

“Instructors? They were great. There’s a lot of consistency in the program, you develop a good rapport. It was the same way with both of the programs.”

Ryan earned a degree in Gateway’s Fire Protection Technician Program and a Technical Diploma from the EMT-Paramedic program and serves as a probationary firefighter/paramedic with the Kenosha Fire Department.

“The instructors have a great knowledge base, and they really know what they are teaching you.”

Ryan began his educational journey at two different four-year colleges on a different career path. While serving on an area volunteer department, he was required to take a firefighting course at Gateway. Once he began, he was hooked.

“I took the Firefighter 1 course, and realized that was what I wanted to do,” he says. “I enrolled at Gateway.”

From there, Ryan says he built the foundation to his future career. Part of that construction came through engaging in Gateway’s student clubs tailored to his academic program. Through that, he attended professional seminars and conventions to gain even further knowledge of the career he would enter.

“Those events helped us to better understand what we were learning, and we gained knowledge we would need in our career,” he said. “It helped open a door.”

Ryan was honored by being awarded three scholarships through the Gateway Foundation, helping pay for expenses and allow him to better focus on his studies and enter his career even quicker. He was awarded the Steve Velasquez Memorial Scholarship, Joshua Dorval Memorial Scholarship and Pierce Manufacturing HERO Center Scholarship.

Ryan’s educational story of gaining a  Fire Protection Technician degree and EMT-Paramedic technical diploma is common. Gateway, seeing the needs of industry, very recently changed its Fire Technician program to become a Fire Medic program to reflect the training demands.