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Fernando Figueroa: Gateway is proud to serve NKY, helping people have better life, driving workforce

Gateway Community and Technical College serves Northern Kentucky by helping people have a better life through education and by driving economic growth through workforce development.

Northern Kentucky is experiencing exciting but complex changes on both fronts, and Gateway is perfectly positioned to play its part.

Last academic year, Gateway saw almost 1,900 graduates – our ninth straight year-to-year increase. All told, nearly 1,900 local residents earned over 3,500 credentials. More importantly, that’s nearly 1,900 of your friends and neighbors on their way to a better life, and close to 1,900 more potential employees for local companies who are increasingly starved for talent.

Dr. Fernando Figueroa

Also in 2018-2019, Gateway and its partners laid the groundwork for the River Cities initiative, which will make education easier for high school students to access.

We continued to help drive other important community projects, including GrowNKY, the Ignite Institute and TriED 2.0.

2019-2020 promises more progress in Gateway’s commitment to provide access to education and training, offer an engaging and relevant curriculum, eliminate barriers to a better life, drive economic growth in Northern Kentucky and help address pressing community issues.

River Cities will launch in August, and plans are already underway to offer more courses to more schools. The Gateway Mobile Lab will also debut this year, bringing technical training directly to employees where they work. Our Tri-State Scholars program will begin offering opportunities to prospective out-of-state students who qualify for in-state tuition. We will continue to explore ways to increase workforce opportunities for women and minority populations and shorten the “time to degree” so our students can enter the workforce faster.

On the economic development front, Gateway will deepen its relationship with the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport to ensure CVG’s growth is matched with a workforce ready to accommodate that growth.

Expect major announcements with regard to Urban Metro Campus 2.0, too.

We at Gateway are excited about Northern Kentucky’s future and our role in it.

We look forward to working with other educators, elected officials, community leaders, and our own faculty, staff and students to make the future a reality.

Dr. Fernando Figueroa is president of Gateway Community & Technical College.

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