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Gateway Technical College

Gateway Technical College

Gateway Technical College is the oldest compulsory, publicly-funded career training school in America. Originating with the Racine Continuation School in 1911, Gateway serves the communities of Racine, Kenosha, and Walworth Counties. It is the oldest of the 16 colleges of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and a 25-year partner with WIDS.

Gateway led a 2017 regional initiative to identify Industry 4.0 skills for community, business, and industry partners. Collaborating with WTCS, stakeholders of all the colleges, and their regional employers, Gateway used WIDS to define and document the skills necessary for Advanced Manufacturing Technology training. In less than five months, Gateway built a curriculum, which produced a WTCS-approved Advanced Technology AAS with 13 courses and 2 career pathway certificates, that prepares students for highly skilled, intensive work in state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing facilities.

A veteran of complex curriculum projects, Dr. Nancy Chapko stated “WIDS was instrumental in the quality of the curriculum and the speed with which the Advanced Manufacturing Technology AAS was developed.”

Gateway is currently using WIDS to implement Universal Design for Learning (UDL) plans and to ensure program and course alignment with external standards and college outcomes in preparation for 2020 HLC accreditation review. 

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