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Fernando Figueroa: As classes start, there’s hustle and bustle — and hopes for every Gateway student

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Classes began Monday for Gateway students, and we welcomed a record number of high school students participating in dual credit classes on campus.

As I visited campuses, I enjoyed the hustle and bustle of having excited students back on campus. This is one of my favorite times of the year.
 
This school year, KCTCS will roll out new system branding and a new look to our web site that will assist us in attracting students to Gateway. We will also incorporate the local research we have been doing on branding. Stay tuned for more updates to come soon. We are also preparing to renovate the infrastructure of the Two Rivers building in Covington. We are excited about these projects taking place this school year.

President Figueroa

As good as that is, Gateway is much more than buildings: Gateway is a mindset toward collaborative understanding, planning and implementing.

In that light, I’m happy to report Gateway’s Diversity and Inclusion Plan has been finalized! The five-year plan incorporates ideas and feedback from 280 students, faculty, staff, and community partners and aims to make Gateway a welcoming and inclusive place for all. The college’s Diversity and Inclusion Team will lead the implementation of the plan in collaboration with key stakeholders throughout Gateway and beyond. Through this plan, we anticipate collectively enriching the educational experiences and lives of the college community.
 
Some of the most important conversations take place when I can meet with and talk to you about your hopes for our college. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

This fall, we welcome several new students who are taking advantage of the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship. This is a great opportunity for those interested in Advanced Manufacturing, Business Services/Information Technology, Construction/Trades, Health Care and Transportation/Logistics.
 
The scholarship will cover up to 32 credit hours in a program leading to one of the five sectors above. The funds are available to cover tuition and fees not covered by federal grants and third party scholarships. This is a great way to get the education needed to start a new career.

We have two more fall semester starts for 8 and 12 week classes, and an Express Enrollment event at the Edgewood Campus August 22 & 24, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. that could help prospective new students get into fall classes. If you know someone who may be interested, please tell him/her about Gateway and this opportunity.
 
We are on a path to positioning Gateway as a driving force in Northern Kentucky. This is a team effort. I look forward to working with you on this mission.

Fernando Figueroa is president of Gateway Community & Technical College.

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