Advanced Manufacturing Technology

HOPE Initiative

Gateway Technical College’s Highly-Skilled Occupations for Professional Employment (HOPE) Initiative provides training opportunities to employees displaced from work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Supported by a generous donation from SC Johnson, the HOPE Initiative will help students who have become unemployed by funding their education at Gateway, simultaneously assisting individuals by equipping them with necessary skills and supporting economic growth in our community by filling high demand positions in critical industries.

  • Participants must live in Racine County. Preference will be given to individuals who have been impacted by COVID-19. Spots in the program will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis to a limited number of students.
  • The HOPE Initiative consists of short term certificates related to in-demand career paths. Students will be rapidly trained and quickly re-enter the workforce with the skills they need to get hired.
  • The program covers the cost of tuition and fees as well as providing career planning, job placement services and a $500 stabilization stipend to support you as you complete your certificate.
  • Graduates will be prepared for employment in in-demand industries with opportunities for growth and advancement.

Find out more about the HOPE Initiative at an upcoming virtual workshop: Dec. 21 at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 6 at 2:00 p.m. or Jan. 12 at 5:30 p.m. Register today!

Two easy steps to apply!

Applications will be reviewed and funding awarded on a first come first served basis. Students must submit the HOPE Initiative Student Interest Form as well as Gateway Application for Admission including all required supplemental items to be considered.

  1. Complete the HOPE Initiative Interest Form to provide us with some background information on you and your current employment situation.
  2. Complete the Gateway application for admission and all required supplemental items for admission to the certificate you’re interested in.

Questions or need assistance? Please contact a Gateway New Student Specialist at 1-800-247-7122 or Please note that Gateway will be closed for winter break Dec. 24 - Jan. 3.

CNC Operator

We are no longer accepting HOPE applications for CNC Operator. All CNC Operator spots have been filled.

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Mechanical Maintenance Technician

By the time you finish your Mechanical Maintenance Technician Certificate, you’ll be ready to work in a manufacturing facility. As a maintenance and repair technician, you’ll work with and troubleshoot hydraulic, pneumatic and mechanical systems. 

16 seats |10 credits | Beginning in January 2021
Blended in-person and online format  | Computer and internet access needed
In-person training at Gateway’s SC Johnson iMET Center

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Nursing Assistant

Want to become a CNA? Now is your chance! Upon successful completion of this 2-credit course, you will be eligible and prepared to take the Wisconsin Nursing Assistant competency evaluation and begin working in a hospital or care facility. Note: Program requires out-of-pocket admission fees.

18 seats | 2 credits | Beginning in February 2021
Blended in-person and online format | Computer and internet access needed
Two on-campus full-day labs at Gateway’s Racine Campus

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