Gateway Recognized for Its River Cities Project
Gateway Community & Technical College is one of ten finalists for the Bellwether College Consortium (BCC) in the Instructional Programs and Services category.
The college is being recognized for its River Cities Project.
Bellwether Finalists represent leading higher education institutions whose outstanding and innovative programs and practices in community college education were selected among competitive submissions as exemplary and will undergo a rigorous second and final round of rigorous peer review at the 2020 Community College Futures Assembly in February.
Gateway’s River Cities Project is a three-year plan developed by a partner network consisting of the six River Cities’ school districts (including Ludlow, Covington, Newport, Bellevue, Dayton), Navigo College and Career Prep, and Gateway. The project addresses educational and economic challenges to ensure all students, regardless of income or circumstance, have post-secondary opportunities that lead to a successful life beyond high school.
In-demand, industry-specific hubs have been established and housed primarily at Gateway’s Urban Metro campus. The hubs offer dual-enrollment opportunities, soft skills training and work-based learning experiences where students apply academic and technical skills to develop their employability.
Before the River Cities Project, these school districts had very limited access to career and technical education. The goal of the project is to help students transition into college and/or the workforce into a career that pays at least a living wage and offers advancement opportunities through continued education.
Gateway started the Logistics/Supply Chain and Computer Information Technology/Cyber Security training hubs in August 2019 and all six of the River Cities high schools participated. Paid co-ops are in place for all students in the logistics hub for January 2020. Healthcare and Construction/Skilled Trades hubs are on track to begin in 2020.
All finalists will be presented at the 2020 Community Colleges Futures Assembly and one winner will then be selected from each category by a panel of national experts. The assembly convenes annually as an independent national policy forum for key opinion leaders to work as a “think tank” in identifying critical issues facing the future of community colleges, and to recognize Bellwether Winners and Finalist as trend-setting institutions.