Gateway Technical College (GTC) has major campuses in Kenosha, Racine, and Elkhorn, Wisconsin. There are also campuses and advanced technology centers in Burlington, Kenosha, Pleasant Prairie and Sturtevant. One of the 16 schools that make up the Wisconsin Technical College System, GTC was founded in 1972 and now serves up to 29,000 Wisconsin students. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association.
This college seeks to prepare students for rewarding careers through its more than 65 associate degree and diploma programs. It also offers advanced technical certificates to professionals seeking additional training or certification in specific fields. Apprenticeship programs of on-the-job and classroom training are also supported by the institution.
All of the degrees and diploma programs offered require general studies courses in math, science and communications as deemed appropriate for the specific field of work. Students who struggle in such areas are provided with tutors to ensure their success.
The wide array of subject matters covered by an education here means that students are sure to find the right course of study for them. Ranging from aeronautics to interior design to marketing, the associates degree programs ensure that students will be prepared to enter into the workforce upon completion of their college educations. Diplomas are offered in areas such as Automotive Maintenance Technology and Welding, and Certificates may be earned in the areas of International Trade and Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse.
The website clearly outlines the details of its programs, including courses and professional outlook.
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To be admitted into an associate degree or technical diploma program, students must submit a completed application for admission, pay an application fee and submit the documentation required by each specific program. Such documentation could include high school transcripts, background information disclosures, certifications and test scores. Students will also be asked to take Gateway’s placement test prior to enrolling.
What is unique about this school is its use of student admission status. Students will fall into one of several categories, including full acceptance, remedial acceptance, conditional acceptance and undeclared student status.
GTC makes a commitment to ensure that its per-credit costs remains affordable to its students. The institution supports a variety of payment options, including financial aid, payment plans and scholarships. It also accepts payment by credit card.
Students interested in applying for financial aid must do so by filling out a FAFSA. Rewards are given in the form of grants, loans and work-study. Application deadlines for financial aid fall in line with application deadlines for admission.
Numerous scholarships are also made available for eligible students. Information regarding these scholarship programs can be obtained from the financial aid offices.
From private scholarships to those awarded by local organizations, the community that surrounds Gateway makes an effort to support students in their educational endeavors.
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Because the large majority of the students are from the local area, many of them come into the school with high school classmates with whom they’ve already bonded. On top of this, they are encouraged to meet others and expand their horizons despite the fact that the campus is generally one of commuters.
One rallying point is its green initiative, which has taken hold at the institution in recent years. In an effort to work for a better environment, the school is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and encourages students to recycle and practice energy-saving habits. Its green initiatives tie students to one another and also to the community that surrounds them.
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This school is sure to offer opportunities for the community to become involved with its students and staff. Because it is so closely committed to fueling the local workforce, it formed the Gateway Technical College Alumni Association in 2007. With the aim of connecting alumni to students, it is also a way for the institution to provide continued support to graduates while soliciting financial support in return. Alumni receive invitations to alumni events as well as an online newsletter and alumni directory helping them to stay in touch.
Carrie Petersen earned her Bachelors of Science in Education and a Masters of School leadership at Northern Illinois University. Carrie likes to travel with her husband and two sons.