Zina Haywood Gateway Technical College Executive Vice President/ Provost for Academic and Campus Affairs
Gateway Technical College executive, Zina Haywood addressed RTA regarding training programs available for students and their success rates. GTC has been accredited by the Higher Training Council which allows acceptance of GTC credits by colleges and universities.
Average age of students is 30 – 18% are full time – 53% women, 47% men with 25%-27% minorities.
Dennis Kisley & Earl Christianson
Haywood had been asked to refer specifically to male students which presently numbers 9595. The top ten programs are: 1. Criminal justice. 2. Fire Protection. 3. EMT 4. Marketing 5. Information Technoloby 6. Automotive 7. Nursing 8. IT (computer support) 9. Civil Engineering 10. Electrical Engineering
Ruth Gedwardt, Len Jensen, Frank Miller, Kandy Meyers
Seventy five percent of students are employed full or part time.
Working with Racine Workforce Development Center and local employers, two programs were developed to address immediate needs – computer numerical control and welding.
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Boot Camp and Welding Boot Camp, the former a 14 week certificate program and the latter an 8 week certificate program, were both designed for dislocated or underemployed workers.
RTA Members and guests
Area employers have several hundred openings for welders and according to Wisconsin Dept. of Workforce Development, CNC openings exceed 3000 in the GTC area and surrounding counties.
GTC is working with high schools in creating "career clusters" each of which is oriented to a particular vocation, e.g. manufacturing, health, social service, etc.
Richard Reich and June Reich
Students can choose their area of interest and see what courses to take to further themselves in their chosen area.
Automotive Repair Training is enhanced with the collaboration of Snap-On Tool who provides diagnostic equipment necessary to service today’s automobiles.
Ms. Haywood was thanked for an excellent presentation.