When the former Korricks Department Store was converted into the Maricopa Technical College in 1968, the city of Phoenix had no idea the school would flourish into the community staple its become today. Known as GateWay Community College since 1987, the school has a long history of pioneering vision as the first technical college in the state of Arizona, the first to custom-design courses for business and industry community leaders, and the even the first to own a computer.
Located in the GateWay corridor of Phoenix, the school enrolls more than 15,000 students each year and continually reaches out to the local community through programs like the GateWay Community High School, the Johnson Controls Institute, workforce development partnerships, healthcare and nursing continuing education and other local educational, service oriented and volunteer programs.
Students may choose from more than 125 associate degree and certificate programs in a number of exciting industries and fields of study. A high precedent is given to career training and providing students with hands on experiences. This is done by ensuring students access to innovative techniques and state of the art technology in the fields of healthcare and technological industries. Students may choose from courses and programs in automotive studies, business, environment, healthcare, industrial technology, information technology, liberal arts, math & science, nursing, and more.
Earn credit for your certificate of completion and learn on-the-job training while getting paid. These programs vary in length from two to five years, and are all based in the construction trade industry.
GateWay Early College High School
This is a unique high school located in the center of the campus. Students here not only earn their high school diploma, but earn credits for an associate’s degree which can transfer to a four-year college or university so that the student can enter one of those institutions as a junior. It boasts of having small classes, making it ideal for individual attention and mentoring to better prepare the student for higher education.
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As part of its strong community orientation, the school provides responsive training for the new Arizona economy. Aspects of the program include business & industry training for local partners, the center for workforce transition, continuing education courses, and more. Recent graduates, continuing education and workforce transition students are all encouraged to use the campus career center for assistance in everything from job hunting to resume writing. With online, on the job and campus course schedules, these beneficial programs fit into everyones schedule.
As one of 10 Maricopa Community College, the college requires all applicants to create a student account with the Online Student Center. This account will be the applicants access to all GateWay related services such as class enrollment, financial aid, grades, payment invoices, tuition due dates and more. Next, students must determine if they are required to take any placement tests before enrolling in courses. Either before or during this process all students are encouraged to meet, or at least speak with an admissions advisor and if possible take a campus tour.
Students may qualify for a variety of federal, state and/or private forms of financial aid such as loans, grants, Federal work study opportunities or scholarships. All interested students should begin the process of applying for financial aid by filling out the FAFSA online. For assistance, students should contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance directly. The Student Financial Assistance office can also assist students in finding private academic based scholarships or other funding opportunities.
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Students have access to a wide range of student programs and services. From recreational programs to student clubs and study abroad opportunities they are provided with opportunities for not only academic, but social growth and interaction. All students also have access to academic resources like the computer commons, the ESL center, the honors program, the learning center, and the library. Special programs include childcare services, the adult re-entry POWER program, career & employment services, the center for workforce training, counseling, disability resources, international student services, TRiO/PROSPER and veterans services.
While on campus students may take advantage of a large variety of academic and research materials made available from the campus bookstore. Students may relax at the campus Gecko Café & Java City for study or relaxation. Those students with children, or even just local community members are encouraged to participate in youth programs like the ACE program, dual enrollment, DISCOVER summer, TRiO/Upward Bound and the Hoop of Learning.
Studying is not just about academics, but about character, leadership and personal development. As such, the Student Life Office gives students a variety of opportunities to participate in clubs and organizations around campus. While students are always encouraged to bring new ideas for clubs and organizations to the attention of Student Life, some of the existing groups include the associated student council, the associated students in surgical technology, the Black student union, the Inter-Tribal club, the soccer club, the student association of radiologic technologists, the water and various environmental sciences association and world explorers.
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The Geckos field intercollegiate athletic teams for men and women in soccer, cross country golf, baseball and softball. The athletic teams compete in the ACCAC or Arizona Community College Athletic Conference.
GateWay is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Justine Ventimiglia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Currently residing in a 1950’s modest ranch in Metro Detroit, she enjoys researching and writing about Mid Century Modern furniture and decor as she works on restoring her home and documenting the process.