Gateway Community and Technical College is fulfilling its commitment to the community for a new top-quality, accessible and affordable Urban Metro Campus in downtown Covington. The campus is close to the river cities of Bellevue, Covington, Dayton, Ludlow and Newport where only 15% of the adults over the age of 25 have a college degree or credential. Since the national average is 31%, Gateway is creating a comprehensive college campus with opportunities to train the local population for 21st century jobs. Currently, the lack of adequate education and training leads to underperformance in employment, housing and general economic prosperity.
The campus began with the opening of the Gateway Urban Center in the former Two Rivers Middle School. In November 2012 the college announced that through a partnership with the Gateway Foundation, nine properties in Covington had been acquired to create its new Urban Campus. The campus uses a “scattered approach” plan in which available, existing buildings are renovated to become college campus buildings. Like other campuses in downtown Savannah, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina; and Louisville, Kentucky, the Gateway Urban/Metro Campus is rapidly becoming part of the fabric of the downtown community, nestled between businesses, restaurants and retailers. The footprint of the campus lies between 3rd and 7th streets along Scott Blvd. and extending to Greenup and Madison Avenue.
The developing Urban Campus replaces the outdated Covington Campus on Amsterdam Road and Park Hills. That facility is the second oldest in the KCTCS system. Public transit cannot access that campus, preventing the urban population from attending college. Gateway data shows time and again that the major barriers for students are transportation, child care and tuition funding.
The college is making considerable progress on developing properties in downtown Covington. The Marx Building, purchased by the Gateway Foundation, is currently being rehabbed and transformed into the Gateway Technology and Design Center. That building will house Information Technology, Visual Communication, Instructional Design and other cutting edge technological programs beginning in summer 2014. Also ready for renovation is the former Abode furniture store on the corner of Scott and Fifth. There, the Gateway Urban Spa and Wellness Center will combine two programs: Cosmetology and Massage Therapy. It is the perfect setting for students to get hands-on experience to the benefit of local residents. The college bookstore, located in the former LiNK building at 614 Madison, will also open in 2014.
620-622 , 634 & 630-632 Scott Blvd
Science and Allied Health Center*
Immanuel United Methodist Church, 501 Greenup
Kaleidoscope Center for Urban Outreach
Marx Building, 522 Madison Ave.
Gateway Technology and Design Center
Former Abode Building, 438-440 Scott Blvd.
Urban Spa and Wellness Center
Former YMCA at 19 E. Pike
Workforce Development, Classrooms and Farris Child Development Center
Former Two Rivers Middle School, 525 Scott
Now the Gateway Urban Center Classroom Building
Former Senior Services Building, 34 W. 5th
Technical Classroom Center
614 Madison Ave.
College Bookstore and Administration
*the only new construction in the Urban Campus plan
The Urban Campus Master Plan has been completed. In addition, Gateway has unveiled a Six-Year Capital Plan to seek funding of nearly $81.5 million from public and private sources to establish a multiple-facility, comprehensive, signature campus in downtown Covington. The campus will eventually serve over 5,000 students annually and create a ripple effect in the urban core for economic and community development. We continue to meet with business leaders, civic and government leaders, and school officials to further refine and identify the programs and services best suited to students at the Urban Campus. Feel free to contact us with your ideas. We want to hear them.
Gateway President/CEO discusses how the proposed Urban Campus in downtown Covington can benefit the entire regional economy. Listen as he explains the purpose and concept of the campus in a conversation with Pat Crowley of Strategic Advisors, LLC.
Gateway Announces Master Plan, Moves Ahead with $80 Million Urban Campus in Covington
News Release from November, 2012 Press Conference
Urban Campus Community Briefing (Please Open in Slideshow View)
News release from the June 2013 groundbreaking for the Marx Building/Gateway Technology and Design Center
Latest brochure of the Urban/Metro Campus