Gateway Community and Technical College (CTC) provides affordable and meaningful educational services to local residents through a broad range of programs. Located in northern Kentucky, the school operates campuses in Boone County, Covington and Edgewood. A center in Park Hills provides office space, while a downtown Covington Urban Center offers remedial education for at-risk students wishing to enter college.
Graduates from degree programs can readily transfer their credits to a four-year institution. Certificate and diploma programs require fewer credit hours but prepare recipients for immediate entry into the workforce and the school strives to offer vocational programs that reflect opportunities within the region.
The school offers career-focuses programs for students who wish to earn a two-year associate’s degree or take a course to earn a certificate and enter the workforce after graduation. These classes provide plenty of hands-on learning with traditional classwork to prep these future employees. In fact, the college has a Workforce Solutions program that partners with employers to develop training systems for their workers and provides advisement for solutions.
Students can also earn an associate’s degree and transfer those credits towards a bachelor’s degree at any Kentucky college or university. This saves money in the long run for students since it costs less to obtain those two years of credit at this college.
There are many programs for students to major in, and the school is divided into the following divisions:
- Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
- Business, Design, and Technology
- Developmental Education and Orientation to College
- Manufacturing and Trades Technologies
- Nursing and Allied Health
- Protective and Professional Services Division
- Science, Technology, and Mathematics
- Transportation Technology
Interactive television courses, online courses and telecourses are all available. A student can theoretically earn an associate’s degree from Gateway CTC without setting foot on campus. The Kentucky Virtual Campus (KVC) is a resource shared by all of Kentucky’s community colleges. Learn on Demand courses through KVC can be finished in as little as five weeks.
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There is no application fee and pplications are available online. Prospective students can also fill out a paper application and drop it off at one of the three campus locations.
High-School or GED Admissions
Students who have earned a high-school diploma or GED should forward transcripts or score reports to the Office of Admissions. With an open enrollment policy, Gateway CTC admits every student who can supply these basic credentials. Assessment testing by way of the ACT or SAT test allows the student to be registered for the correct levels of English, reading and math. Low scores on certain sections of the ACT or SAT may require that the test-taker also sit for the ASSET or COMPASS test.
The school generally accepts credits from other accredited schools, provided that the student maintained a GPA of at least 2.0. Official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities must be supplied at the time of application. Under certain conditions, transfer applicants with lower GPAs will be admitted on probational status.
Citizens of foreign nations must fill out an international application. These applicants must also produce bank statements showing the financial ability to cover the costs of their own education. International students whose first language is not English will be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language and achieve a minimum score of 500 on the paper-based version.
Visiting Student Admissions
Students enrolled at another institution can take one or several courses here. A letter of good standing from the home college and a set of unofficial transcripts are the only required documents. Certain classes and programs may have prerequisites, and these issues will have to be sorted out on a case-by-case basis.
Without federal, state and private financial aid opportunities, many people simply could not afford a higher education. Even given the affordability of a community college like Gateway, most students need help paying for tuition, fees, books and incidental expenses. As the first step in receiving a financial aid package, every student should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. These applications have to be completed every year that the student attends school, and they are available after the first of the year. Data provided on the FAFSA helps financial aid officials assemble customized assistance packages for each student in need.
Most financial aid programs require U.S. citizenship, satisfactory academic progress and enrollment in a program that ends with a degree, diploma or certificate. Financial aid breaks down into three categories: grants, scholarships and loans.
The federal government provides the Pell Grant and the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant to students with demonstrated financial need. For students who completed a rigorous high-school curriculum, the Academic Competitiveness Grant can supplement other grant funding sources.
The school provides 19 categories of scholarship awards. Most of these opportunities have more strict requirements than similar grant programs. Some scholarships are awarded only to students pursuing a specific program, while others have high academic standards which must be continually maintained. The Office of Financial Aid has information about all available scholarships.
After grant and scholarship monies are distributed, some students may still have difficulty funding their education. Direct Loans from the federal government offer fair interest rates and a number of repayment plans. Borrowers who find themselves in hardship situations can defer payments while they work to improve their finances.
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Half of the campus’s 4,000-plus students are non-traditional. These students are primarily working adults looking to enhance or begin a career. Many non-traditional students are first-time college students. All but five percent of the student body are Kentucky natives.
The Career Resource Center at the Boone County campus helps students prepare to enter the workforce. Career assessments give students an idea of the opportunities afforded by their academic path. Local and regional employers often participate in career fairs, distributing information as well as holding formal interviews. Staff at the Career Center are willing and able to assist with resumes, interview skills and the unenviable task of job hunting.
Students with disabilities are provided with every reasonable accommodation. After admission, students in need of accommodations should schedule an appointment with the Disability Services office. Officials at the office work closely with each student to determine the best solution for each individual case.
Student Enrollment Demographics
The student to faculty ratio is 18 to 1. Many of the faculty teach on a part-time basis. The wide variety of distance learning options means that students may enroll in classes taught by the faculty of another institution entirely.
Accreditation is provided by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
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