Real-world instructors prepared me for the real-world career, grad says
Zack Patterson wanted instructors who had been officers themselves, who would relate to him those real-world experiences that 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.
Began taking classes in high school
Zack began taking Gateway courses while living in Pleasant Prairie and attending Tremper High School. He viewed the effort as a sound financial decision and says taking those courses in high school saved him tuition costs, helped him graduate early – and gave him the flexibility in his final semester to take on a third-shift job as a security guard.
“Being able to take those classes in high school helped at the end. I was able to take fewer classes that last semester, got my sleep and was able to work as a security guard.”