Register for March Classes at Gateway on March 1

Are you ready for college? There's no need to wait until fall. You can register March 1 to start classes at Gateway Community and Technical College on March 18.

Gateway will conduct open registration on March 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Student Services Center at the Edgewood Campus, 790 Thomas More Parkway. Students can register for admission, take placement tests if needed and enroll in classes that begin March 18.

The March 1 open registration fair enables students to complete the admissions/enrollment process in one day at one location, said Andre Washington, dean of enrollment management. Students will be able to apply for financial aid, take the COMPASS placement test if they don't have acceptable ACT scores, and sign up for classes.

The best reason to enroll at Gateway this spring is to prepare for an improving economy and the job growth forecast for this region between now and 2020, said Ed Hughes, Gateway president and CEO. The recent 2020 Jobs Outlook report shows that healthcare, education, business, finance and technology are the top five fastest-growing and best-paying fields for the future, with production occupations in the sixth spot. Gateway offers career or transfer education in all of those areas.

According to the American Association of Community Colleges, an associate degree adds an average of $16,000 a year to individual earning power. At Gateway, students can earn certificates qualifying them for the job market in as little as one semester, or they can complete an associate degree in two years if enrolled full time.

On a practical note, Gateway has the most affordable tuition in the region, Washington said. Students who enroll at Gateway and complete an associates degree and then transfer to a four-year university can save 40 percent of the typical cost of a bachelors degree. Plus, our general education credits transfer by law to any public university in Kentucky and are accepted at universities throughout the country.

Financial aid is available, and Gateways affordable tuition means students will graduate with much-lower-than-average student debt. The college offers 32 different categories of scholarships as well as free tuition to qualifying low-income students interested in allied health careers other than nursing.

We encourage anyone who is interested in a better job or starting a college degree to call us and come to open registration on March 1, Washington said. Were here to enable people to get a fresh start, and we provide the programs and services to help them succeed.

Prospective students can sign up in mid-March for summer classes that begin May 20 or the fall semester that begins Aug. 19. Summer classes may be of particular interest to students who want to get a jump start on the fall semester or visiting students who want to pick up extra hours while they're home on summer vacation. Our credits will transfer back to their home college, Washington added.

For more information, call 859-441-4500 or 855-3GO-GCTC and select the Admissions option. Or visit the Gateway website, www.gateway.kctcs.edu/admissions.