Gateway Summer and Fall Semester Registration Opens March 19

New-student registration for summer and fall semesters begins March 19 at Gateway Community and Technical College.

Eighty percent of today's jobs require education beyond high school. The variety of our programs and our affordable tuition make Gateway the best path in our region to a good job, said Andre Washington, dean of enrollment services. Gateway tuition, currently $135 per credit hour, is less than half that of any public university in Kentucky.

Students can complete an associates degree at Gateway and transfer to a four-year university to finish a bachelors degree. They receive a comparable education and save themselves thousands of dollars in the process, Washington added, noting that many Gateway programs offer credentials that, upon completion, immediately qualify students for jobs that pay well and in are demand.

Information and financial aid sessions are scheduled for 3 p.m. March 27 and 28 at the Covington and Boone campuses, respectively, to help new students with the admissions process. Financial aid workshops begin at 4 p.m. Participants should bring tax returns for 2010 and 2011. Specific workshop information is available at http://gateway.kctcs.edu/Admissions.

Gateway is offering five different summer terms between May 14 and July 25. Summer terms provide a wide variety of general education classes that will transfer to four-year universities.

This enables students who want to pick up extra college credits in the summer to take classes at Gateways affordable tuition rates, said Washington. Enrolling in our summer classes can save them time and money in completing their baccalaureate degrees.

The colleges fall semester begins Aug. 13. Gateway is actively recruiting students for its career education programs that lead to high-wage, high-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing fields. A current shortage of workers with advanced manufacturing skills has led to immediate job openings at regional high-performance production plants. For information on Gateways manufacturing and energy technologies programs, contact Dee Wright at 859-442-1168, deed.wright@kctcs.edu.

The college also has openings for students interested in allied health careers and offers tuition assistance under a federal Health Professions Opportunity Grant. The HPOG grant provides free tuition as well as assistance with equipment, supplies and child care for qualifying low-income students. HPOG funds are available for nine different healthcare majors; extent of financial benefits depends on the program selected by the student. For information, contact Colleen Heneghan, 859-442-4103, or gw-hpogemail@kctcs.edu.

Gateway is also working with Accelerating Opportunity Kentucky to provide a fast-track to the job market for qualifying students. This grant-funded program is specifically aimed at low-skilled students who have multiple developmental education needs. For more information, contact Mary Pat Behler, 859-442-4179, marypat.behler@kctcs.edu.

Classes fill up fast, and we encourage anyone interested in beginning or continuing their college career to contact us now, said Washington.

Gateway offers transfer and career education in more than 30 different areas. The college provides academic and other support services to help students succeed. Campuses are located in Covington, Edgewood and Florence, and a partnership with the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky provides free bus service on any TANK route to all current students.