Meet our Community Partners: The Small Business Development Center and Gateway Technical College
The WI Small Business Development Center at UW-Parkside provides free consulting services for entrepreneurs that are thinking of starting a new business and also assists small companies that are looking to grow and create new jobs. Our diverse group of consultants and students offer many years of industry experience and up-to-date opinion on how best to reach new, young markets. Business planning, financial projections and analysis, brand awareness and social media; are some of our most popular topics.
Gateway Technical College, serving 21,000 students in Kenosha County, Racine County and Walworth County, remains an educational leader with its innovative approach to career and technical education. Gateway graduates for many years have reported satisfaction rates with their education of nearly 100 percent and employment rates of 87 percent.
The college is led by a board of trustees, administration, staff and faculty who are committed to excellence and meeting community needs. Since becoming the first publicly funded continuation school in the United States in 1911, Gateway is considered a model college because of its development of business partnerships, industry certifications weaved into the academic curriculum, a real-world approach to skill training and innovative and flexible education delivery methods.
Gateway Technical College has been granted accreditation from The Higher Learning Commission, a national independent organization which evaluates the quality of higher education institutions. In addition, many of Gateway’s programs and credentials have received accreditation and recognition from professional licensing and industry groups. Gateway offers 17 programs, diplomas and certificates fully online.
In addition to three full-service campuses in Kenosha, Racine and Elkhorn, Wisconsin, Gateway operates a center in Burlington and four advanced technology centers: Lakeview Advanced Technology Center in Pleasant Prairie, the Center for Bioscience and Information Technology in Kenosha, the SC Johnson integrated Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Center in Sturtevant and the Horizon Center for Transportation Technology in Kenosha. Gateway also owns and operates the public radio station WGTD-FM 91.1 at the Kenosha Campus.
About 41 percent of Gateway’s students reside in Racine County, 33 percent in Kenosha County, 16 percent in Walworth County and the remaining in counties outside the college’s district.
Meet our Community Partners like the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce and more at Harborfest September 21st!
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