Gateway Expands Partnerships with 4-Year Institutions, Hosts Prospective Students in Covington
Today, Gateway Community & Technical College and four-year partners, including Eastern Kentucky University, Mount St. Joseph University, Northern Kentucky University, Sullivan University, Thomas More College, University of Kentucky and University of Louisville, signed agreements that provide students clear and seamless pathways from Gateway to four-year institutions.
Dr. Fernando Figueroa, President, Gateway Community & Technical College; David A. Armstrong, J.D. President, Thomas More College; Dr. Michael Benson, President, Eastern Kentucky University; Dr. H. James Williams, President Mount St. Joseph University; Dr. Idna Corbett, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Northern Kentucky University; Dr. Diane Lawrence, Provost, Sullivan University; Jim Begany, Vice Provost for Enrollment, University of Louisville, and Sara Price, Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Transfer, University of Kentucky joined students, staff, faculty and numerous secondary and four-year education partners to put into place opportunities for students to start at Gateway and accomplish more.
“Each of us has something unique to offer students, and our partnership offers them limitless possibilities,” said Dr. Figueroa, Gateway President. “We all share the privilege of serving our students and our communities. We serve them best when we partner.”
Gateway has added more than 40 pathways to its seven partner institutions including new pathways to Sullivan University, Information Communication Technology at University of Kentucky, Bioethics and Public Health at University of Louisville and Homeland Security and Criminal Justice at Eastern Kentucky University.
“As a top transfer destination for KCTCS students, Eastern Kentucky University is committed to working side-by-side with Gateway to provide greater access to higher education for all Kentuckians. A seamless transition for community college students transferring to a four-year institution is essential as we seek to graduate more students with bachelor’s degrees across the Commonwealth,” said Dr. Benson, Eastern Kentucky University President.
"Sullivan University is proud to be joining forces with these other outstanding universities to help support students at Gateway Community and Technical College, which in turn supports the future leaders of our commonwealth," said Sullivan University Provost Dr. Lawrence. "With this unified approach, we are creating even more opportunities to develop and invigorate communities across the entire state of Kentucky."
Gateway has also reimagined pathways to Thomas More College, and to Mount St. Joseph in Massage Therapy and Health and Wellness.
“We are excited to strengthen this partnership with the addition of two new avenues that will allow students to complete four-year degrees in health and wellness and social work. These majors are essential to careers that provide services to the community for a healthier population,” said Dr. Williams, Mount St. Joseph University President.
“Whether it’s online, through our adult program, or through this partnership with Gateway, Thomas More College provides opportunities for students who have chosen a non-traditional path to receive a well-rounded Liberal Arts, four-year degree at our values-based institution,” said Thomas More College President David A. Armstrong, J.D. “We educate our students in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition so they are equipped to meet the future with integrity. We are excited to offer this opportunity to more students through this Gateway partnership.”
Gateway has also expanded and enhanced the partnership with Northern Kentucky University through advanced Workforce Ready pathways using the Gateway Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree including Supply Chain to NKU in the Logistics and Supply Chain Management program and Mechanical Engineering Technology to NKU in the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Technology program.
Currently, over 450 Gateway students are enrolled in a Pathway Plan. In the past 12 months, Gateway assisted over 100 students successfully transfer to a partner institution, students like Clint Bartels, Shellie Massey and Bethany Doverspike.
“I’m proud that I chose Gateway to start my college career,” said Clint Bartel, Gateway student planning to transfer to University of Kentucky.
Gateway graduate and Northern Kentucky University student Shellie Massey added, “I will complete my bachelor’s at NKU this December. Without the continued support of the faculty and staff at Gateway, I would not be where I am. They have equipped me to make a difference in the mental health and substance arena.”
Bethany Doverspike, director of individual giving at the Cincinnati Museum Center, was a typical non-traditional student at Gateway a few years ago. She was a single mom and looking for a direction, and she found it at Gateway. “You may not remember a name, but you remember what someone says to you,” said Doverspike. “My first day at Gateway, someone said to me, ‘Show up, do the work, ask for help.’ By doing these three things, I flourished. Thank you for paving the way for people like me.”
At the Urban Metro Campus on Sunday, Gateway Community & Technical College hosted over 300 high school students who are considering attending the college.
Super Someday is a high school recruitment event focused on the celebration of diversity and inclusion while highlighting the unique talents and interests of each student.
“Our students had an amazing visit. There is a buzz going around with students about their experience today and consideration of Gateway as their next step,” said Kayla Ritter Rickels, college and career success manager, Cincinnati Youth Collaborative.
Students explored Gateway’s cosmetology and massage programs and the college’s student run business, Emerge. They also saw transportation programing at the Transportation Technology Center and multiple programs and services in the Center for Technology, Innovation and Enterprise (TIE) building. Current and former Gateway students, staff and faculty provided tours and information about career pathways and learning opportunities offered at Gateway. Staff presented information about enrollment, financial aid and student support services as well.
“We want to help you succeed,” said John Brown, assistant director of admissions and recruitment.
High school students and counselors from northern Kentucky and Cincinnati were invited Boone County ATC, Community Christian Academy, Hughes STEM High School, Ludlow High School, Scott County High School, Shroder High School, Williamstown High School and Withrow University High School attended.
“We were thrilled to have so many high school students on our campus today learning how Gateway can help them discover their talents and get on the pathway to their career and life goals,” said Dr. Fernando Figueroa, Gateway president. “I commend our students, staff and faculty for creating such a welcoming and informative experience. We look forward to seeing our guests today as Gateway students in the future.”