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October 10, 2 p.m.

Dear Students,

Spring classes are quickly approaching, and I wanted to remind you that for your health and safety, we will be following the same course format that we did for this fall semester. 

Our classes are going to be offered in a variety of formats. There will be fully online classes as well as face-to-face classes and some options that are a mixture of both (barring any disruption from pandemic response). Most lecture type classes will be interactive live streamed through Blackboard Collaborate. Face-to-face classes will have a strong online or remote instruction part, so if in-person classes must move online for a while you will be ready. And, there are a variety of scheduling options, including 16-week, 12-week, and 8-week sessions so you can take classes when it fits your schedule. 

You can see what format your classes will be by visiting your Student Self Service.

  1. Go to mypath.kctcs.edu
  2. Click the “Student Self Service” tile
  3. Click the “Student Center” tile
  4. Click on "KCTCS Schedule"schedule location
  5. Details about class location will be under Class Notes.schedule location

Possible class notes include:

  1. Class will meet remotely via Blackboard Collaborate according to scheduled days & times.
  2. Class will meet remotely via Blackboard Collaborate according to scheduled days & times. In-Person testing required – dates TBD
  3. Class will meet remotely via Blackboard Collaborate one day a week – day TBD – see course syllabus
  4. Class will meet remotely via Blackboard Collaborate for lecture and in-person for lab – see course syllabus
  5. Class will meet in-person according to scheduled days and times
  6. Class will meet remotely via Blackboard Collaborate or in-person according to scheduled days & times – see course syllabus
  7. Complete Online Course

If you do not have access to a computer at home, computer labs will be available at the Boone and  Edgewood Campuses and at the Center for Technology, Innovation and Enterprise building at the Urban Metro Campus where you will be able to comply with all of the CDC guidelines to help you stay safe and healthy.

Lab or hands-on courses will be offered on-campus following all CDC guidelines (barring any disruptions from pandemic response).

We are also offering a winter session this year if you are interested in taking courses online to get ahead and graduate sooner. Learn more about our winter session here.

If you have questions about how your classes are being offered, reach out to your advisor or your instructor. 

Thank you,
Dr. Fernando Figueroa
President,
Gateway Community & Technical College

July 13, 3 P.M.

Dear Students,

Fall classes begin on August 17 and we are looking forward to the start a new semester. I communicated previously that our classes are going to be offered in a variety of formats. I want to clarify what those formats are, and how they will affect you.

Most lecture type classes that were previously scheduled for face-to-face will now be interactive live streamed through Blackboard Collaborate.  Interactive live stream courses, also known as remote synchronous, offer the same benefits of as in-person classes such as real time interaction with your professor and classmates but with the advantage of being able to participate from anywhere with reliable internet access.  You will meet via Blackboard Collaborate on the scheduled days and times.

If you do not have access to a computer at home, computer labs will be available at the Boone and  Edgewood Campuses and at the Center for Technology, Innovation and Enterprise building at the Urban Metro Campus where you will be able to comply with all of the CDC guidelines to help you stay safe and healthy.

Lab or hands-on courses will be offered on-campus following all CDC guidelines (barring any disruptions from pandemic response).  For all the ways we are keeping our campuses safe and healthy go to gateway.kctcs.edu/healthy-at-Gateway. 

You can see what format your classes will be by visiting your Student Self Service.

  1. Go to mypath.kctcs.edu
  2. Click the “Student Self Service” tile
  3. Click the “Student Center” tile
  4. Click on "KCTCS Schedule"schedule location
  5. Details about class location will be under Class Notes.schedule location

Possible class notes include:

  1. Class will meet remotely via Blackboard Collaborate according to scheduled days & times.
  2. Class will meet remotely via Blackboard Collaborate according to scheduled days & times. In-Person testing required – dates TBD
  3. Class will meet remotely via Blackboard Collaborate one day a week – day TBD – see course syllabus
  4. Class will meet remotely via Blackboard Collaborate for lecture and in-person for lab – see course syllabus
  5. Class will meet in-person according to scheduled days and times
  6. Class will meet remotely via Blackboard Collaborate or in-person according to scheduled days & times – see course syllabus
  7. Complete Online Course

Are your classes live stream? 

Here's how to login to BlackBoard Collaborate. 

If you have a question about your class schedule, you can get them answered by a member of our advising staff by completing this form.

We are all facing a challenging new Real World. You are not alone. Gateway is offering flexible options to face it with you.

Thank you, 

Dr. Fernando Figueroa

President,

Gateway Community & Technical College

June 15, 4 p.m.

Dear Gateway Graduates,

Congratulations on your achievements! You’ve shown great resilience throughout this unprecedented time. I want to thank you for your patience regarding a decision about your commencement ceremony. Changes and updates are happening daily and have made coming to a final conclusion difficult.

As we have monitored the local and national COVID-19 situation, we feel that mass gatherings may not be allowed any time soon. With that in mind, and out of concern for everyone’s health, I am writing to you to notify you of our difficult decision to cancel our Spring 2020 in-person Commencement Ceremony.

However, I am pleased to announce that you are cordially invited to celebrate your accomplishments at the next Commencement which will be held in May of 2021.

This decision was made in the best interest of you, our graduating students, your families and our entire Gateway community.

This decision is supported by and reflects the input of our college leadership, as well as many of you who provided your feedback in our commencement survey.
Commencement is a significant occasion for everyone at Gateway, and I know we all feel a great sense of disappointment that we will not be able to celebrate your success together this year.

If you still wish to purchase your cap and gown, for personal purposes, the Gateway Bookstore is now offering online ordering of regalia. You can order a cap and gown here.

Please monitor your email as Gateway Student Records will be in contact about when your official credentials will be available for pick up.

This unprecedented time has forced many decisions that we as a college have never had to make and hopefully never will have to again. Thank you for your understanding as we persevere through these uncertain times together.

I look forward to celebrating with you next year. In the meantime, I’d like to say, congratulations class of 2020. Your accomplishments during this time are nothing short of amazing. We are proud of you and your success.

Sincerely,

Dr. Fernando Figueroa
President
Gateway Community & Technical College

May 28, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

Good Afternoon,

Last week we began welcoming our Spring 2020 Semester technical students back on campus to complete their labs. I would like to applaud our technical faculty for helping our students finish their coursework. I would also like to thank our staff who have been on campus helping to keep everyone #HealthyAtGateway in this uncertain time. 

As you read in Dr. Box’s email this morning, we have received approval for a gradual reopening. Currently we will continue to be open to students who are completing labs.  We are encouraging all employees working remotely to continue through July 1 unless otherwise directed by your supervisor. 

We are currently working on a plan in conjunction with our state government, CPE and KCTCS to open our college safely.  When it is time to return there will be changes, but some things remain the same, like our three commitments: access to education and training, relevant and engaging curriculum, and removing barriers.

Jamie Younger has been selected as Gateway’s Healthy at Work Officer to oversee the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. For buildings where technical labs will continue to take place in June, extensive signage around safety practices has been placed, and common areas have been closed.

Very strict guidelines have been created to keep everyone safe. This includes temperature self-checks and other health evaluations, social distancing inside and outside of all facilities, required face covering/mask and other specific recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Before returning to work, even if it’s just for a brief period on one day, employees will need to take training at My Path under the Compliance tile. Additionally, before coming to campus, you must do a daily health check-in.

As previously communicated, all June classes will be online (those beginning June 1 and June 22). In person class components scheduled for July will continue as scheduled. 

We will keep a close eye on this fluid situation and continue to follow advice from the system office, governor’s office, CPE and the CDC. I want everyone to stay #HealthyAtGateway! 

The success of our efforts in the next few weeks to serve our students depends on everyone working together to stay healthy and safe. You have my thanks in advance!

 

Thank you, 

Dr. Fernando Figueroa

President,

Gateway Community & Technical College

May 15, 2020, 3 p.m.

Hello Gateway Family,

I applaud all of your success completing the most unpredictable spring semester in Gateway’s history. I can’t thank you enough for your efforts in ensuring our students get one step closer to a better life. This week, we honor our graduates and continue to look toward summer and fall.

Monday, a communication went out to students eligible for the CARES Act funding for expenses incurred due to COVID-19 this spring. Our financial aid team is working hard to process the requests and get funding to as many students as possible. This is a big job. I thank them for their work. 

Next week is the beginning of our summer work schedule. In case you missed the message from HR that was sent earlier today please go and read what that will mean for you. 

As you see in the news and around you each day, our communities are looking very different in the shadow of this pandemic. We are figuring out how we can return to the activities and people we love while protecting ourselves. This is the situation we also face on our campuses as we work toward cautiously reopening and keeping our campuses safe and healthy. 

To recap the current plans for students, all classes starting June 1 will be online. Classes starting June 22 will primarily be online with a few hands-on classes tentatively scheduled for July based on Gov. Andy Beshear’s timelines for facility use. For fall, courses will be offered in hybrid or completely online.  Hybrid meaning all in-person classes use Blackboard which provides the capability for remote learning, if needed.  The current meeting pattern on the schedule will not be altered. Faculty, thank you for the investment of time in completing the intense hybrid boot-camp. You have positioned us well to pivot in the fall as needed.

We are working within Gov. Beshear’s guidelines and with utmost caution to complete on-campus classwork with students who received an IP (In Progress) grade for courses this spring. As soon as we get approval, a limited group will be on our Boone Campus to assist students with completing their course requirements. Only those assisting these students will return to campus prior to June 1.

As you read in Dr. Box’s email, we anticipate a June 1 opening of our campuses to a limited number of employees, if postsecondary institutions receive approval from the Governor and CPE to be included in Kentucky’s Phase 2 reopening schedule. After June 1, we will continue to gradually reopen and return employees to campuses in stages that are in line with the direction of health officials.

To prepare, we have a task force working on our plans for a safe return to campus. These plans include the appointing of our Healthy at Work Officer, Jamie Younger, personal protection for each employee, appropriate social distancing and supporting signage, daily self-reported health checks, training for extra sanitizing processes and other recommendations from the governor’s office, CDC and CPE. Our campuses will look quite different as we make sure we are Healthy at Work. 

In light of the uncertainty and constant change we face in our personal lives and workplaces, this quote by Franklin D. Roosevelt stands out to me, "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor." Please know this struggle that we all face will pass, and we will all be stronger in the end.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact me. Stay healthy and remember, we are all in this together and will overcome it together.

Thank you,

Dr. Fernando Figueroa

President,

Gateway Community & Technical College

May 5, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

I know that the past two months have been filled with more uncertainty than you ever expected. 

With the many health and safety unknowns due to COVID-19, the “Real World” has changed. I wanted you to know and be assured that your college has changed, too, to better meet your needs.

We have been and continue to develop flexible learning options to ensure that you meet your education goals during this time. Our college teams also are developing plans to meet social distancing and health requirements for you in class when it is safe to return to the college’s campuses.  We are strengthening virtual student support for those online and remote classes as well.

Just as a reminder, summer college classes are available in an online-only format at Gateway. A few hands-on classes are tentatively scheduled for July based on Governor Beshear’s timelines for facility use. If you have not done so, now is a good time to reach out to your advisor to enroll or email GW-advising@kctcs.edu for assistance.

Beginning August 17, fall term classes will be offered in a variety of formats. There will be fully online classes as well as face-to-face classes and some options that are a mixture of both (barring any disruption from pandemic response). Face-to-face classes will have a strong online or remote instruction part, so if in-person classes must move online for a while you will be ready. And, there are a variety of scheduling options, including 16-week, 12-week, and 8-week sessions so you can take classes when it fits your schedule.

If you have any questions or want to know more, please go to gateway.kctcs.edu, for more information.

We are all facing a challenging new Real World. You are not alone. Gateway is offering flexible options to face it with you. 

May 1, 2020, 11 a.m.

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April 24, 2020, 11 a.m.

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April 24, 2020, 9 a.m.

Dear Faculty and Staff,

It is our duty to continue to keep our students, faculty, staff and community safe, so with that in mind Gateway employees will continue to work remotely through May 18.  

I’d like to highlight a communication from our Provost, Dr. Teri VonHandorf, from earlier this week.

"Due to the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 situation, the decision has been made to move in-person enrollment to online for Summer 2020. Currently, for technical courses with labs, lectures will be taught online in June with labs running in July. This may be adjusted once the return- to- campus date is known.  All labs will be conducted in accordance with the latest CDC guidelines. Additionally, the summer start date will move from May 18 to June 1, which is the eight-week session."

I again want to express my gratitude for your continued commitment to our students and their success. It continues to amaze me.

Please take the time to read all the information being shared in email, on the brew, through the scoop etc. We are sharing a variety of resources on how to continue to be successful both technologically and emotionally with remote work. 

We are developing a plan for your gradual return to campus, which will be done in phases. When those plans are ready, they will be shared with you.

I thank you for your understanding during this time. As I stated in my previous updates, we will continue to work with the Governor, the Council on Postsecondary Education and KCTCS to make decisions about the remainder of the semester and beyond.

April 22, 2020, 8:30 a.m.

Due to COVID-19 recommendations, Gateway has decided that all instruction for the summer semester will be online. This summer may be the perfect time to get caught up or to get ahead on earning your credential.

The first summer session starts June 1 so it’s not too late to sign up for classes this summer.  To register for summer course(s), contact your advisor or email GW-AdvisingCenter@kctcs.edu.

We know this semester has been challenging, but the faculty and staff at Gateway applaud your efforts to continue to move forward. Know that we are here to support you and that your success and well-being are our top priorities.

April 17, 2020, 11 a.m. - Fridays with Dr. F

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April 10, 2020, 11 a.m. - Fridays with Dr. F

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April 6, 2020, 9 a.m.

A message from Gateway’s Barnes & Noble Bookstore: 

The health and well-being of our customers and employees are incredibly important to us.  It is with careful consideration that we have made the difficulty decision to temporarily close our campus store until further notice.  Our store reopen date will be based on national, state, and local guidelines. 

We will continue to accept orders online for delivery at https://kctcs.bncollege.com/ and we are ready to serve you by providing free shipping on all orders.

We are accepting rental check-ins via mail; you can print a return label at: https://kctcs-vli.bncollege.com/shop/gctc-boone/page/rental-book-return

Gateway faculty, please continue to submit Summer and Fall textbook adoptions at: https://www.facultyenlight.com/?storeNbr=531

VitalSource Helps is providing free access to ebooks:

To get started, students should visit bookshelf.vitalsource.com. Before students can begin searching for and reading ebooks, they will need to log-in or create a Bookshelf account with their institution-provided email address. 

For students accessing Bookshelf for the first time: 

Here are instructions on creating a Bookshelf account that you can share with students and instructors. Once students create an account with an institution-provided email address, they should login and click on the “Explore” tab in the upper left corner of the screen to search by ISBN, Title or Author to find their free ebooks. 

For students with existing Bookshelf accounts linked to their institution-provided email address: 

Students with existing Bookshelf accounts linked to their institution-provided email address will see a new tab called “Explore” when they login in the upper left corner of the screen to search by ISBN, Title or Author to find their free ebooks. 

April 3, 2020, 11 a.m. - Fridays with Dr. F

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April 1, 2020, 12 p.m.

Dear Faculty and Staff,

President Trump is asking us to continue our social distancing through April 30 to help stop the spread of COVID-19. It is our duty to continue to keep our students, faculty, staff and community safe, so Gateway employees will continue to work from home through April 30.   

As a reminder about instruction, the majority of our courses were able to transition to remote learning, but there are some technical courses with lab/clinicals that will need to be completed when we return to campus. Once our return to campus date has been set, instructors of those courses will communicate the plans for completion to their students.  

I want to express my gratitude for your continued commitment to our students and their success. It continues to amaze me. 

I thank you for your understanding during this time. As I stated in my last update, we will continue to work with the Governor, the Council on Postsecondary Education and KCTCS to make decisions about the remainder of the semester and beyond.

March 27, 2020, 11 a.m. - Fridays with Dr. F

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March 25, 2020, 5 p.m.

With guidance from the Governor, the Council on Postsecondary Education and KCTCS, we have made the following decisions about the remainder of the semester at Gateway.

  • All classes at Gateway will continue to be offered online through the last day of instruction as noted on the Gateway academic calendar.
  • We will provide lab/technical/clinical instruction as soon as the Governor, CPE, and KCTCS authorize a return to a face-to-face learning environment. Our faculty is working on plans to deliver lab and technical content but please note these plans cannot be finalized until we know our return to campus date. Please continue to look for emails from your instructors about your specific classes for updates.
  • Gateway’s Spring Commencement ceremony originally scheduled for May 14 has been rescheduled. More information about Commencement will be sent out when dates have been finalized.
  • We will continue to provide student support services virtually until the college reopens on a regular schedule. A list of all contact information can be found here. 

I want to again thank you for your understanding during this time. These were not easy decisions to make. We feel that it is Gateway’s duty to do our part to continue to keep our students, faculty, staff and community safe.

I also thank you for continuing to do your part to keep all of us safe, including social distancing. These are necessary things for each one of us to do.

March 20, 2020, 3 p.m.

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

I want to applaud you all on the smooth transition to online classes. I know it was no small feat for everyone involved. If you are in a technical program with lab hours, please know your instructors are working on plans and will communicate as soon as those are finalized.  As you know, this situation is rapidly changing so we appreciate your patience. 

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to practice social distancing, beginning Monday, March 23, Gateway will be operating exclusively online. All of our services will still be available either by phone or virtually. Below you will find a quick reference to some of our student services. 

Students who do not have access to a computer or the internet at their permanent homes may request assistance from Gateway IT Support at 859-442-4100 or by email at gw-ithelpdesk@kctcs.edu

Quick Reference Numbers
Academic Advising Center - (859) 442-1630
Admissions - (859) 442-1134, gw-admissions@kctcs.edu
Testing Center - (859) 442-1159
Bookstore - (859) 815-7630
Business Office - (859) 442-4174
Counseling Department - (859) 815-7683
Financial Aid - 1-855-346-4282
Food Pantry - (859) 442-1639
Human Resources - (859) 442-1701
Information Commons - (859) 441-4500, Option 0
IT Help Desk - (859) 442-4100
Registrar's Office - (859) 442-1136, gw-studentrecords@kctcs.edu

As previously communicated, we plan to make a decision regarding the remainder of the semester by April 2 and will be in contact then.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe and healthy,

March 16, 2020, 3 p.m.

SSC Building

  • E101
  • E208
  • E209 Computer Lab
  • E210
  • E215H

TO FACULTY & STAFF

Gateway’s leadership is asking that all employees who have the ability to work from home please begin working from home with approval starting Tuesday, March 17. 

To allow faculty and staff to gather any items needed, campuses will be open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 17.

Beginning March 18 all campuses except for Edgewood will be closed. The hours of the Edgewood Campus will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. All classrooms and computer labs will be open at Edgewood so that all employees and students who need access to computers, internet, or our support services will still be able to do so. The leadership team is working with essential departments, separately, to ensure appropriate staffing of service hours at Edgewood. 

All changes are currently through April 6. A message will be sent by April 2 about any extensions of these changes.

Gateway, in guidance from the CDC, is continuing to minimize all gatherings of 10 or more people. Please reschedule all meeting or move them to Skype, so that we can adhere to these guidelines.

TO STUDENTS

Reminder about classes:

  • All online classes (including March 16 start) will continue as scheduled.
  • All face to face and hybrid classes (including March 16 start) are cancelled Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17.  Classes will be moved online by Wednesday, March 18 (Check your email and Blackboard for information about labs/clinicals). Your instructor will be in communication with you about class details on or before March 18. 
  • At this time, face to face and hybrid classes will resume in-person on Monday, April 6.
     

Campus Updates

  • Tomorrow Tuesday, March 17 All campuses will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Starting Wednesday, March 18 only the Edgewood Campus will be open. Hours of Operation will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Friday.  
  • Edgewood computer labs will be open
     

Resources

Assistance with getting started with Online Learning

March 15, 2020, 4 p.m.

Federal Work-Study (FWS) and Ready-to-Work (RTW) students - In order to comply with social distancing guidelines, adjustments have been made to work-study programs. During this time period, you will not be required to report to your job site or work from home. All students will continue to be paid based on your normal, approved work schedule. ** Ready-to-Work students, your work schedule may need to be adjusted to meet particular requirements. A RTW Coordinator will contact you individually should adjustments need to occur**.

Please do not worry about submitting timesheets during this time. The Financial aid office or RTW office will take care of that for you. You also do not need to worry about contacting your supervisor as this information has been shared with them.

All work-study processes will return to normal on April 6th at the conclusion of the online instruction period. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Linda Wright, Federal Work-Study Coordinator at Linda.wright@kctcs.edu or Denise Critchelow, RTW Director at Denise.Critchelow@kctcs.edu.

March 12, 2020, 1:15 p.m.

Gateway will be taking the following approach to delivering instruction:

  • Online classes currently in progress will continue as usual.
  • Second 8-week online classes will start on Monday, March 16 as planned.
  • All face-to-face and hybrid courses delivered on campus will be cancelled March 16 and 17 and will be transitioning to online delivery. Converted face-to-face and hybrid courses will start on March 18. 

All Gateway Campuses will remain open during this period. We understand that this situation can create challenges for our students. All of our business and student support services will continue as usual including access to on-campus computer labs.

All non-essential college sponsored events will be canceled through April 6. We will monitor the situation to determine if this should be extended. Other events will be reviewed on an individual basis.

At this time, we are planning to resume face-to-face and hybrid classes on Monday, April 6. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will make a determination about the rest of the semester by April 2.