Listening to the community
Theres a reason the word community is part of our name. Community input drives our
decision-making. Since 2002, we have worked with a broad coalition of community organizations
and business, government and community leaders to implement the college master plan.
To plan our academic programs, we continually seek community input from program advisory
committees composed of professionals in the businesses and industries served, community
input from individuals, groups and community surveys and analysis of population and
A similar approach is guiding the Urban Campus project. A partnership among the City of Covington, Covington Independent Public Schools, the Kenton County Public Library, Kenton County Fiscal Court, the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) and the Gateway Community & Technical College Foundation was formed in 2009 to create a new campus on Scott Boulevard in Covington in a general area between 3rd and 7th streets.
In 2010, various community partners hosted seven community forums that were facilitated by the Center for Great Neighborhoods. The forums occurred in Covington, Newport, Bellevue and Dayton. More than 110 residents attended and provided ideas for Urban/Metro Campus development, including input about programs and services, physical attributes and the role of the Urban/Metro Campus in community life.
Summary of Listening Events
Through the process of developing the new campus, Gateway has had the support of numerous
community partners and organizations, among them:
Catalytic Funding Corporation
City of Covington
Covington Business Council
Covington Independent Public Schools
Covington Neighborhood Collaborative
Eastside Neighborhood Association
Gateway Community & Technical College Foundation
Licking Riverside Neighborhood Association
Kenton County Fiscal Court
Kenton County Public Library
Northern Kentucky Consensus Committee
Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK)
The Urban/Metro Campus continues to be the number one education project supported by the Northern Kentucky Consensus Committee.
In addition to various community organizations, Gateway also works in partnership with the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Baker Hunt Cultural Center, Carnegie Center for Visual and Performing Arts, the Bridal District, the Arts District and developments such as Hotel Covington.