Success Stories

Being able to serve the college that helped me to get a start on my career is very rewarding, knowing that I get to give back to the community that saw me go through middle school, high school, college, off to a four-year college and into my career.

Zaida Hernandez-Irisson, Granduate

Alyssa Bock
Without Gateway, I would still be in college, have racked up a lot of debt and still not have reached my career goals.
My instructors also opened my eyes and made me realize that there are many different aspects to this profession, many different ways to help people … My possibilities are endless.
Richard McLaughlin
What I like about the lab is that it is hands-on, and I think we are all hands-on learners.
Guadalupe Jaramillo
Yo obtuve ese título y las puertas se me abrieron. Este es un campo que busca gente que sepa lo que hace y la capacitación que me dieron en Gateway me ayudó a saber qué necesito para tener éxito.
Angelique Ortiz
En nuestras clases podíamos aprender con ejemplos reale. Eso me fue de gran ayuda cuando ingresé al mundo laboral.
I’m able to say I have an education. I have a small business. I have a family that I’m in love with. That’s my life – and Gateway has been the key to my success.
Jorge Nieto
If you want to reach your potential, the best invention in education is the technical college. It’s the place where you can get a great start or restart your career.
Being that far into my education was great... I had about a year and a half of credits earned when I graduated high school.
Richard Shouse
I believe students should choose Gateway because of the unmatched value we represent. Our state of the art labs offer a unique opportunity for the student to learn in a fun and challenging environment.
Kyle Gorst
I’m able to transfer what I do in class to work.
Angie Jones
I came to Gateway for the obvious reasons: location, small class size, affordability, scheduling flexibility and the vast number of programs. I stayed because of the supportive staff, leadership opportunities and many student support services.
Gary Leyer
I take great comfort in knowing that the education provided by this school and staff provide the skill set needed to help others in their worst times.
Being able to serve the college that helped me to get a start on my career is very rewarding, knowing that I get to give back to the community that saw me go through middle school, high school, college, off to a four-year college and into my career.
Sherry Carrion
‘What am I doing? Where am I going?’ And HOPE reassured me, ‘Yes, Sherry, you are making the right decision.’
Jack Holtman
Nothing my instructors said was pointless – everything I learned was pretty useful to me. I could always take away a lot of real-world knowledge from what was being taught.
Cesar Martin Del Campo Torres
Everything I learned at Gateway I use in my career – everything from English to engineering. It’s all useful.
Education is power. It gives you the freedom to fully live your life.
Chad McGinnis
Everything I learn here is completely applicable to the field. I use it every day.
Manal Nabeel
Study abroad gave me the opportunity to see things and feel the moments that cannot be felt through pictures and videos. It gave me the opportunity to make friends that I never thought of.
LaShon Stevens
So many people who were near and dear to me were either faculty there or were students there. Gateway was a local college, too, so it was an easy decision.
Megan Schultz
At 20-years-old, I was able to graduate from college and start working in my field right away. I already was in a career I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Not many my age can say that--I'm so happy I chose Gateway.
Anna Warzala International Student
I chose Gateway because it’s close to home and the faculty and staff are truly amazing. Everyone at Gateway is so willing to help and guide you through the process – you never feel alone.
Bryanna Burcham
I knew I wanted to be there, to help children succeed. They are our future, and I realized then I needed to be there to teach them.
Cora Hjelmberg
I like helping people, and that pushed me to at least try it to see if I liked it. I liked it a lot, so I took my state tests, passed them and I am where I am now. I’m happy.
Achille Infusino
Gateway prepares students to get into the employment market quickly while providing opportunity to grow their opportunity and their educations at many four-year colleges and universities.
I feel confident in the skills I’ve learned at Gateway, and those will help me in my career.
Brain Moon
I knew it was time to go to college to enroll and get the official education that would help me to land a job and succeed.
Gina Stoebe
Gateway offers students career-specific training focused on developing employment skills that are most needed in the community.
Ivory Billups
I had gone through some financial hardships and thought I would have to take a semester off. The scholarship really helped me. I didn’t feel like I had to put off finishing my degree ...
Donna Janas
Gateway has listened well to its advisory board, they have listened to the industry. The program has been tailored to prepare students in the skills they will need in the workforce.
Gateway prepared me well for my job – I haven’t been faced with anything yet that I am unable to do.
Bryan Albrecht
At Gateway, we work to ensure that students receive strong training in the classroom and can readily relate that to their future career. The skills they receive here are the skills they will need in their career.
I realized I couldn’t do it without a degree.
Giselle Alva
The nurses at the hospital were amazing, and I looked up to them. I saw how they had the ability to change someone’s life and how they were with the patients every step of the way. I said I want to be like them.
Sean Mack
The people who teach at Gateway are passionate, and that was really important for me.
Brian Beasely
There is a certain way people think of a four-year degree, which really isn’t true. You receive the same education at a technical college as you do at a four-year college. That was a big eye-opener for me.
Jimena Murguia-Espino
They hired me for that position right after I completed the Gateway program. I went to the front of the line -- I didn’t have to wait two years.
Hunter Orlowski
I feel great knowing that not only I accomplished all of this before I graduated high school, but gaining this college degree will give me the edge I need for my career and business.
Mark Kleisner
Did a quick interview on the phone, and they fast-tracked me – I was working there within two weeks. My supervisor knew Gateway had a solid program, simple as that.
I didn’t feel like I was just going to college. Gateway is a part of me. It’s an amazing place.
Stevi Sterling
I will be 20 years old, I will have earned two degrees in careers I love, I am employed in a career I love and I hope to one day own my own shop. All of this was possible because of the Promise and Gateway.
TaylorTschumper
I like the fact that we’ve been outside and that much of what we’re doing is hands-on. I can’t stress that enough – the program and career is very nature-oriented.
Jarrin Ramig
I love the idea of working with robots. I also feel I now have a real-world skill I can use in a career and will help me to land a job – how many people do you know can operate a robot? Probably not many.
I received a raise when I graduated. My employer sees a big change in me.
Azalia Longstreet
I feel that Gateway supports me, and one way is the Financial Aid staff. They help me a lot. They make sure everything is in order so that I am able to take my classes and continue with my education.
Jenni Galek
My Gateway instructors taught me some great skills, helped me to gain the tools I need. They teach you real stuff. Information that’s real, that you know you can use.
It was a big decision to go to Gateway and to enroll in the Promise program, but I am happy I did that.
Marina Schwenk
Gateway enabled me to hit the ground running. I knew if I didn’t have that degree, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Chelsea Lebbin
They all were willing to take the time to help me as much as I needed. I didn’t have to take a number and come back days later – they helped me, right then. I’ve been at other colleges – and it’s hit or miss. Not at Gateway.
We did some work at Gateway in the lab, but I appreciate this experience at an actual job site so much more.
Micheal Randolph, EdD
Gateway provides a great opportunity for individuals to advance in their educational goals with cost effective tuition. I enjoy providing students with the educational and technical skills needed to be successful.
The Gateway family and community helped me to get through some tough times as a student and through the pandemic. They were there to give me that extra push during the hard times and I will always remember that.
Jacob Allender
For me, this feels awesome. Not a lot of people can say they earned their high school and college diploma at the same time. It’s awesome that I already have a job in my career while people I know are still going to college.
Jose Lopez
It's a very positive thing that Gateway has done for me - they provided me with the education and a course to follow to be successful.
Jeanine Drier
I was married, had kids, but I didn’t have a career,” she says. “I didn’t have that final piece to the puzzle that everyone should have. Gateway helped me to do that.
Zack Patterson
Going to Gateway was financially sound for me. It was more realistic than to go $60,000 in debt for a bachelor’s degree ... It’s also more practical than listening to a professor who had never been an officer before.
Laura Valle
Going to college would have been much harder without the Promise program. I would have had to pay off college for a long time. I am so grateful I was able to get into the program.
Laura Valeriano
Gateway has helped me to have a better life.
Jennifer Perez
My program adviser has gone above and beyond anything I have experienced before ... He provides support not just for papers or paperwork or policies or the class – he helps me to know what I need to succeed.
Sharlea Baumeister
It’s a great place to get that hands-on training for your career … 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.
Raechel Liska
When I received the scholarship, I was so grateful. It took the pressure off me .... It allowed me to finish on time and be at a place where I could be successful.
Berenice Lorenzo
I’ve used every resource Gateway has – tutoring, the library and others. It has all helped me. Gateway’s resources like tutoring have helped me to increase my grades and keep me motivated.
Gregory Patchel
The program is fast-paced and challenging, but successful students often find themselves quickly sitting right seat in a regional or corporate jet.
Logan Jeppesen
Gateway is where I learned to love learning. I am who I am today because of the folks at Gateway.
Juanita Perez
I had a good experience the first time around and a great experience again. Actually, it was 10 times better than what I had expected. It was really great.
Jessica Hoppe
The experience I gained, to take care of people who truly don’t have the resources to be able to take care of themselves, was wonderful. This is an opportunity that many others don’t have and I was able to take part in it.
I wanted more than a degree, I wanted that career security – and I knew I had to come to Gateway to gain that. I wanted to be part of something that the world needs …
Cina Douglas
I ... realized if I wanted to work in a clinic, I would need to go back and get a degree. I needed to go to Gateway.
Michael Cook
Colleges like Gateway are magical in their ability to connect education, workers and industry.
Larantz Reynolds
I heard about the boot camp. I heard it was free, and I needed a career. I did my research into it and thought it was something I could do. I thought I could be a good fit. It was – I love it.
Trevon Trussell
If you want to go directly into industry, they are there to help you to gain the education and skills to do that. If you want to earn your four-year degree after Gateway, they are here to help you with that, too.
Makayla Jacob
I chose college because I knew it led to more. College helps you further what you have. I’m happy and thankful for this opportunity given to me by the Gateway Promise.
Natalie Stigdon
I wouldn’t have been able to come to college now without the Promise program. College is pretty cool – I love it.