Raul Sergio Treviño Nuncio

Raul Sergio Treviño Nuncio

Raul Sergio Treviño Nuncio

Raul Sergio Treviño Nuncio |

English Language Learner Graduate

Raul S. Treviño Nuncio knew very little English before enrolling in the English Language Learner program at Gateway Technical College in May 2015. His sister had recommended Gateway to him based on her own experience. Raul eagerly became a full-time student taking classes during the mornings and evenings, various days a week, and studying multiple levels of English at the same time.

Learning English was among the many struggles Raul encountered, but he never gave up. One of Raul’s biggest frustrations was learning how to listen and comprehend English, but he noticed that within a two-month period his listening had improved and that was a big motivation for him. Within one year, he progressed from level 2 to level 6 and speak English fluently. Raul graduated from the ELL program in May 2016 – only a year after he began.

 “I learned many things from my instructors and will never forget them,” says Raul. “Every college has good instructors, but I am so glad I was a part of Gateway. Gateway has the best instructors that I have ever had. The instructors like to get to know the students so they can better help them learn and improve their English.”

One of the advantages Raul sees in learning English is becoming more marketable in his future career. His goal is to pass an international English proficiency test being conducted at the university he graduated from in Mexico, and become an English teacher in the future. He would like to teach and motivate other people that if they want to learn another language in one year, they can do it.

“Every college has good instructors, but I am so glad I was part of Gateway.”

Bob Kaebisch

Bob Kaebisch

"The integration and partnerships we have at Gateway provide real-world experience for the students and enhances the teaching I can do."

Sharlea Baumeister

Sharlea Baumeister

Sharlea Baumeister

Sharlea Baumeister

Sharlea Baumeister |

EMT program graduate

Gateway Technical College helped Sharlea Baumeister realize exactly what she wanted her future to look like.

The high school student, who took Gateway emergency medical technician classes while a senior at Burlington High School through the Youth Options program, was an EMT before she even graduated.  One year after that, she graduated from Gateway’s program and became a paramedic.

The skills she gained at the college she put to work immediately – she’s already been hired on by an area fire department.

“I fell in love with this career on the first call I responded to,” says Sharlea. “I was working with patients relatively early and went on a lot of calls through the Gateway program. I learned so much at Gateway and I got so much experience, even before I left high school.”

The training and number of actual emergency calls Sharlea had the opportunity to respond to allowed her to further hone what she learned in the classroom and gave her a head start on her EMT training once she graduated from high school.

“Gateway prepared me well,” says Sharlea. “It’s a great place to get that hands-on training for your career. Because you also had that practical experience working with an emergency service, you were able to read about it – and then actually do it, with a patient in front of you.

“This is a foundation I’m able to build on in my future.”

EMT program graduate

“Gateway prepared me well. It’s a great place to get that hands-on training for your career.”

Teisha Thompson

Teisha Thompson

Teisha Thompson

Teisha Thompson

Teisha Thompson |

Accounting Student

Teisha Thompson found herself with no job and looking for a way to improve the life of herself and her family.

She knew one thing for sure – education would be the key to turning her life around.

That’s when she found Gateway Technical College, which she says improved her life and her future.

“Everything has changed for me – my life had done a 180-degree turn since I started going to Gateway. When I started, I was down in the dumps. Now, can you believe where I’m at?”

Fueled by Gateway’s training, her drive and the urging and recommendation of one of her instructors, she’s been able to already land a job at a Kenosha company before even graduating. She uses her accounting skills there.

“I say you need to move on in life – you can attain whatever you want in life if you try. And Gateway helped me to do that.”

Accounting Student

“I say you need to move on in life – you can attain whatever you want in life if you try. And Gateway helped me to do that.”

Bryanna Burcham

Bryanna Burcham

Bryanna Burcham

Bryanna Burcham

Bryanna Burcham |

Early Childhood Education Graduate

Gateway Technical College convinced Bryanna Burcham in her mind what she already knew in her heart.

Bryanna worked in retail, but wanted a type of career where she could work with children. It was when she enrolled, and began taking courses, at Gateway where she glimpsed exactly what that career looked like.

“I was in my child development class. The instructor laid it on the line for us, she told us that children were our future and we can be there to help make sure they have a better future.

“That’s when I really knew. I knew I wanted to be there, to help children succeed.”

Bryanna earned her Early Childhood Education degree and works in the industry.

Bryanna chose Gateway because of the strong connection instructors have with the industry.

“I think at the four-year colleges, there are times when you see some teachers who have been in the industry, but that’s not guaranteed. At Gateway, it’s different – instructors have experience because they have worked in the field they are teaching. They know what they are talking about.”

Bryanna says the degree has given her more stable hours, better pay and health insurance.

“I was unsure about going back to school. I thought it would be too hard and challenge me too much. It did challenge me, but in a good way. It made me work, but also in a good way. I learned a lot, and Gateway was there to help me whenever I needed.”

“I was able to interact with some great people at Gateway. The staff was friendly, and instructors were helpful in helping me to gain the skills needed in my career.”

Wally Rendon

Wally Rendon

Wally Rendon |

Community Partner, Educators Credit Union

“Education is paramount. In today’s world, you need to have at least an associate degree.”

Community Partner, Educators Credit Union

“Education is paramount. In today’s world, you need to have at least an associate degree.”

Alyssa Fonk

Alyssa Fonk

Alyssa Fonk |

Gateway High School CNA Boot Camp completer

Student enters career before leaving high school, fueled by Gateway training

Alyssa Fonk knew two things: She enjoyed helping people and wanted a career which would help her to make a difference in the lives of others.
What she didn’t know was exactly what that career looked like.

A Gateway Technical College boot camp course helped guide her to knowing what that future career looked like – before she even left high school.

The Union Grove High School senior passed a certified nursing assistant (CNA) boot camp offered by Gateway at her school, providing her with the knowledge to go on to pass the statewide CNA examination. Alyssa now is a CNA working at an area nursing home, with the goal of earning a nursing degree.

“I figured it was a good option for me to begin my career earlier and get ahead of the game,” says Alyssa. “That definitely happened.”

Alyssa not only has begin earning a wage as a CNA, but has taken the first step to her nursing degree, as well. She says the boot camp gave her the skills and knowledge to pass the state CNA exam.

“Gateway really prepared me well for the state CNA exam. I feel I was better prepared for the test and to be a CNA than many others I know,” says Alyssa.

Gateway High School CNA Boot Camp completer

“Gateway really prepared me well for the state CNA exam. I feel I was better prepared for the test and to be a CNA than many others I know”

Sergio Casillas

Sergio Casillas

Sergio Casillas

Sergio Casillas |

Marketing Student

Sergio Casillas estudió en una preparatoria privada, y de allí se matriculó a una universidad de cuatro años. Poco tiempo después, decidió cambiarse a Gateway porque allí él recibiría más atención de sus maestros, las clases son más pequeñas en número de estudiantes y ofrecen horarios de clases flexibles.

“Gateway tiene esa opción que te da de seguir trabajando y yendo a la escuela”, dijo Sergio.

Los maestros han sido cruciales en su desarrollo profesional. Lo han aconsejado en cómo destacarse y sobresalir de los demás en competiciones nacionales, y así conseguir un trabajo.

 “Yo les diría a los latinos que Gateway con el transcurso de los años está mejorando más en el aspecto de los maestros. Los maestros me ayudaron a conseguir un trabajo dentro del área de mis estudios aun antes de recibir mi diploma”, añadió Sergio.

Marketing Student

“Gateway tiene esa opción que te da de seguir trabajando y yendo a la escuela”.

Dave Barczak

Dave Barczak

Dave Barczak

Dave Barczak |

Racine-area entrepreneur, Hawthorne Easytrim Window Kits

“The Gateway Accelerator program has really helped us, to show us and point us in the direction for our business model, to make sure we were going in the right direction.”

Racine-area entrepreneur, Hawthorne Easytrim Window Kits

“The Gateway Accelerator program has really helped us, to show us and point us in the direction for our business model, to make sure we were going in the right direction.”

Reyna Juarez

Reyna Juarez

Reyna Juarez

Reyna Juarez |

Divisional Dean Associate, General Education

Reyna Juarez came to the United States from Mexico as a child and learned English as a second language. She knows the challenges of transition and says Gateway’s English Language Learners (ELL) program and Adult Basic Education provides an excellent service.

A long-time Gateway employee, Reyna is also an alum of the college.

“When I was a student here, it changed my life,” she says. “Without Gateway, I don’t know where I would be. I have employment that I enjoy and love at Gateway.”

Reyna says she sees Gateway graduates out in the community from time to time, who have had a similar journey as her. Those alums are quick to stop Reyna and give her updates on their lives and how both she and Gateway have impacted them in a positive manner.

“I see people out in the community and they tell me where they are now; it still gives me the chills,” says Reyna.

Divisional Dean Associate, General Education

“It takes a whole college to help assist toward that end result which is graduation – that’s what we’re here for, not just to help students come in and stay in school.”

J.D. Jones

J.D. Jones

J.D. Jones

J.D. Jones |

Instructor, Automated Manufacturing/Electromechanical Technology

J.D. Jones worked in the field for 12 ½ years prior to becoming an instructor at Gateway. It was his intent all along to become an instructor, but not until he was in his 40s, so that he could pick up valuable hand-on experience, which he could then incorporate into his lesson plan.

“There’s a really good relationship between the instructors, the employers and the students at Gateway. Employers come to me all the same saying ‘I have a job opening, send me some students,’” says J.D. “The most rewarding part of being an instructor is finding those people jobs and having a positive influence on improving students’ lives. I have a strong relationship with each and every one of my students.”

J.D. explains the constant process of people changing jobs to improve their way of life and income. “Enjoy your job and you’ll enjoy life,” he says. Gateway and instructors like J.D. helps students put themselves in those desirable situations.

“You have the small wins in the classroom, but the big wins are seeing them get those jobs, or go from one job to another,” he adds.

Instructor, Automated Manufacturing/Electromechanical Technology

“The most rewarding part of being an instructor is finding those people jobs and having a positive influence on improving students’ lives.”

Manal Nabeel

Manal Nabeel

Manal Nabeel

Manal Nabeel

Manal Nabeel |

Nursing Student

Even though Manal Nabeel speaks five different languages, she considered herself to be a very shy person. Friendly Gateway instructors and staff made her feel comfortable and at ease and genuinely cared about her academic success.

At Gateway she discovered the skills and knowledge to grow professionally and personally. Industry-savvy instructors and caring staff are always motivating her to take on new opportunities to flourish and become more employable.

“I have been able to grow tremendously personally and professionally through the various enrichment opportunities Gateway offers,” says Manal.

Her journey as a Gateway student began when she was still in high school through the Youth Options program. Small class sizes, diversity in the student body, and the one-on-one support she received made Gateway the college of her choice. Manal is now enrolled in Nursing at Gateway and is very involved in the Multicultural Program. Gateway has provided her many enrichment opportunities that have helped her gain confidence and acquire the skills needed for her chosen career field of nursing. She has polished her public speaking skills by serving as the emcee for 140 students attending Gateway’s 2015 Student Leadership Conference. She has also represented Gateway by volunteering at numerous agencies, giving back to the community, and is serving as a role model for her younger siblings. Her family is very proud of her endeavors.

Nursing Student

“I have been able to grow tremendously personally and professionally through the various enrichment opportunities Gateway offers.”

Randy Reusser

Randy Reusser

Randy Reusser

Randy Reusser |

Instructor, Electronic/CIS/Network Specialist

Randy Reusser was on a Gateway advisory board for 6 years prior to starting his career as an instructor at the college. And, he is a Gateway alum as well.

“I’ve been an instructor at Gateway for over 13 years and am a Gateway alum, Randy notes. “I just love having a part in helping people build their future. I felt that same love from instructors that I had here when I was a student.”

Randy encourages students to get a 2-year degree, then get the 4-year degree. You end up with two degrees and save some money and you get more practical experience. Or as he says, “it’s a much better value.” Plus, you get the hand-on experience that a four-year college or university may not provide.

“When I came here to get my degree, I already had a very successful career,” said Randy, who won Gateway’s 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award. “It was a personal fulfillment, enrichment thing for me to get my degree.”

Randy stays current in his skill set and always encourages others to get the latest skills. Like the path he chose, many of his students are already employed with careers. “I just help them build their careers,” says Randy.

Randy trains students for electrical unions and electrical companies. He notes Gateway ties in with a lot of organizations for professional certifications which benefits students and employers.

“Gateway is about serving the community. It has been very good to me both as an educational standpoint and an employer,” says Randy. 

Instructor, Electronic/CIS/Network Specialist

“I just love having a part in helping people build their future. I felt that same love from instructors that I had here when I was a student.”

Peter Callaghan

Peter Callaghan

Peter Callaghan |

Gateway student

“These are teachers who are very knowledgeable about the fields that they are in. I feel like I am learning from well-informed, well instructed professionals. I feel that I can really grow here.”

Gateway student

“These are teachers who are very knowledgeable about the fields that they are in. I feel like I am learning from well-informed, well instructed professionals. I feel that I can really grow here.”

Kate Jerome

Kate Jerome

Gateway Horticulture Program Instructor

"Gateway has become a home to me, I have grown as a person and an instructor. I’ve connected with amazing students that have impacted my life immensely."

Zack Patterson

Zack Patterson

Zack Patterson

Zack Patterson

Zack Patterson |

Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement Graduate

Zack Patterson wanted instructors who had been officers themselves, who would pass on to him those real-world experiences which would prepare him for a challenging career as a police officer.

He wanted a college nearby, and one that wouldn’t put him thousands of dollars into debt for an education.

He also wanted to build on the college courses he took in high school to help him get into his career even quicker.

What Zack Patterson wanted, Gateway Technical College delivered.

“My dream was to become a police officer,” says Zack. “Going to Gateway was financially sound for me. It was more realistic than to go $60,000 in debt for a bachelor’s degree, especially when I realized technical colleges had more hands-on training. It’s more practical than listening to a professor who had never been an officer before.

“As I took my classes, I had the peace of mind knowing I would be able to apply what I learned to my career immediately. That’s what I am able to do.”

Zack is now a police officer at an area municipality.

“Going to Gateway was financially sound for me. It was more realistic than to go $60,000 in debt for a bachelor’s degree, especially when I realized technical colleges had more hands-on training. It’s more practical than listening to a professor who had never been an officer before.”

Rondelle Griffin

Rondelle Griffin

Rondelle Griffin

Rondelle Griffin

Rondelle Griffin |

Small Business Entrepreneurship Graduate

Rondelle Griffin was employed through a temporary service, working and facing layoffs in between jobs.

He realized he wanted something different. He knew exactly what it was, too – he wanted his own business. But he knew he had to know more about the business world to be successful – and that knowledge would come from Gateway.

 “I wanted to get a small business loan, but knew I needed to learn more. I saw a poster advertising Gateway, and realized that was the way I needed to go.”

The Gateway Business Management program graduate jokes that while in high school, he “wasn’t the college type” and dropped out. He later earned his high school degree, though, and, at the encouragement of his sister, he turned to education and Gateway.

“I knew I had to learn more about how a business works, how to start up and run a business – how the real business world works,” he says. “That’s why I attended Gateway.”

Rondelle says he received the insight, training and advice he needed to get his business off the ground.

“My goals were to work as hard as I could at Gateway, and to learn as much as I could. I learned a lot from Gateway, from how to advertise your business to business law,” he says. “My business is doing great.”

Rondelle owns R Style, a Racine-based car washing and detailing business, with customers ranging from dealerships to private car owners. He grew up working for his aunt who had a similar business, and wanted to start one of his own.

 “I’m at the top of my game, business-wise. I owe that to Gateway.

Rondelle Griffin wanted to start his own business – but knew he had to start with Gateway.

“I knew I had to learn more about how a business works, how to start up and run a business – how the real business world works,” he says. “That’s why I attended Gateway.

 

Leticia Gomez

Leticia Gomez

Leticia Gomez

Leticia Gomez

Leticia Gomez |

Information Technology Graduate

Leticia Gomez’s journey to earning a degree shows her great determination and spirit. 

And Gateway Technical College helped provide Leticia with the foundation to her success.

A routine eye exam in 2011 revealed issues with her eyes – later diagnosed as a debilitating eye disease. She was told her eyesight would continue to worsen.

Seeking a career where she could best succeed with failing eyesight, Leticia selected Gateway’s Information Technology program – even though she says she knew little more than “surfing the Internet.” 

Through strong instructors, strong curriculum and a student career group which helped her apply what she learned in the classroom, Leticia earned her Information Technology degree in Spring 2014. She has since entered the workforce and has begun her education at an area four-year college, entering as a junior fostered by a transfer agreement with Gateway. 

“Gateway has been phenomenal. The folks at support services helped me greatly and the college provided so many opportunities for me to learn and grow. They also had workshops, allowed us to meet with professionals in the field … they set us up for success.

“The college provided so many opportunities for me to learn and grow.”

Zaida Hernandez-Irrison

Zaida Hernandez-Irrison

“At first, I didn’t believe in myself. But there were those at Gateway who believed in me – and look what I am doing now.”

Camille Anderson

Camille Anderson

Human Services Student

"It’s more personal here at Gateway; they pay more attention to my needs.  It’s a great college – it’s perfect for me."

Ryan Jaslowski

Ryan Jaslowski

Ryan Jaslowski

Ryan Jaslowski

Ryan Jaslowski |

Fire Medic Student

“Instructors at Gateway are really approachable and friendly. They have a lot of good experience to teach you, but they go beyond that and teach you the lifestyle because they’ve been there.”

Fire Medic Student

“Instructors at Gateway are really approachable and friendly. They have a lot of good experience to teach you, but they go beyond that and teach you the lifestyle because they’ve been there.”

Manoj Babu

Manoj Babu

Manoj Babu

Manoj Babu

Manoj Babu |

Gateway Associate Dean of Business

“I think it is amazing when I see students comment on the positive impact Gateway faculty has had on their lives. … I am grateful to be included with others who have such a deep passion for student success.”

Gateway Associate Dean of Business

“I think it is amazing when I see students comment on the positive impact Gateway faculty has had on their lives. … I am grateful to be included with others who have such a deep passion for student success.”