After being out of work for more than a year after her employer closed and moved overseas, Peggy Nelson began her journey to Gateway Technical College for training and certification to help her land a job quickly after her graduation.
She said she made the right decision – she received excellent training and is now a health unit coordinator for Wheaton-Franciscan Health Care/All Saint’s in the cardiovascular institute in Racine.
“I have the certification to tell employers I do have the skills they’re looking for,” says Peggy. “I was out of college quickly and got hired quickly. It has been a positive experience. I really enjoy what I do for a living.”
Peggy says Gateway instructors gave her a realistic and current look at the career she was entering, and sometimes a little bit more – the computer training she received was still being introduced to the industry when she graduated. “They did a real good job of explaining what I would do in the workplace,” says Peggy.
Peggy was spurred to enroll at Gateway as she sought employment after the company she worked for closed its doors. She said time and again employers asked her during the interview process whether she had technical college training and certification.
“I knew I had to go back to school to do well,” says Peggy. “That is the world today – you need that education and qualifications to get those higher paying careers.”
She selected Gateway’s Health Unit Coordinator program because it was a career she believed she would enjoy, the tuition was affordable and the short program allow her to get back into the workplace quickly.
Gateway gave Peggy – who hadn’t been in the classroom for quite a while -- the opportunity to take a few courses such as math and composition to ready for the program. “When I started, I thought it would be way too much. But it was only the nerves of starting – it was better than I ever thought it would be.”