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Gateway Students Can Transfer to Cincinnati Mortuary School, Play in Thomas More Band

Gateway Community and Technical College and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science have signed an articulation agreement that will enable Gateway graduates to complete a bachelor’s degree at CCMS in only 16 months.

Students interested in a bachelor's degree in mortuary science must complete 52 credit hours of prerequisites prior to enrolling at CCMS. CCMS does not offer prerequisite courses, focusing on upper division courses only. Beyond the prerequisites, a student needs only three more courses for an associate degree from Gateway.

“Students who earn an associate of science degree at Gateway must complete 60 credit hours, 52 of which apply directly to the prerequisites CCMS requires,” said Gateway President/CEO Ed Hughes. “People interested in mortuary science can complete a Gateway AS degree in two years and then earn a bachelor’s degree at CCMS in 16 months.”

"The new agreement demonstrates the collaborative efforts being made in higher education to better serve our students and communities in the tri-state,” said Gene Kramer, CCMS president. “Gateway’s associate of science degree student can now transfer directly into CCMS’s mortuary science programs.  CCMS looks forward to a long-term relationship with Gateway."

Mortuary science is a fast-growing field. Kramer said many students have job offers before completing their studies. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median annual salary for morticians, undertakers and funeral directors for 2012 was $38,800 in the state of Kentucky and $49,900 for Ohio.

“Most tri-state residents can attend Gateway at the in-state Kentucky tuition rate. Since our tuition compares so favorably with other regional institutions, we believe Gateway is the most economical path for a student to enroll at CCMS,” said Mike Rosenberg, Gateway director of transfer.  

The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science was founded in 1882 and moved from Victory Parkway to its current location on North Bend Road in 1995. The college is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the North Central Association. 

When the Saints Go Marching In, Gateway Students Can Join Them

Drum roll please! Gateway Community and Technical College students have an opportunity to be founding members this fall of The Marching Saints, Thomas More College’s new marching band.

TMC is forming the band to perform at all home football games next fall. To join the band, Gateway students need only to enroll in a one-credit hour fine art course through the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities.  The course is offered at Gateway tuition rates.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our students to participate in a college band,” said Shellie Baker, Gateway coordinator for student success and engagement. “Instruments, uniforms and equipment will be provided by Thomas More College. But interested Gateway students need to enroll quickly for the fall semester to sign up for the class, since the availability of some instruments is limited.”

Elliott Nickeson said the band will practice at TMC three afternoons a week for 90 minutes, and there will be opportunities for color guard, dancers and twirlers.

Nickeson is coordinator of recruitment for performing arts and assistant director of bands at Thomas More College.

“Participating in the band is a great way for students to become involved at ThomasMore, particularly if they are interested in transferring to the college after completing an associate degree at Gateway,” said Mike Rosenberg, Gateway director of transfer. “Under TMC’s Four is MORE program, Gateway associate degree graduates are eligible for scholarships up to $14,000 a year from Thomas More. The band can give them an immediate opportunity to get in the swing of things.”

From Gateway Community & Technical College

Photo: Gateway Urban Center in Covington/RCN file