There’s a reason the word “community” is part of our name. Community input drives our decision-making. Since 2002, we have worked with a broad coalition of community organizations and business, government and community leaders to implement the college master plan. To plan our academic programs, we continually seek community input from program advisory committees composed of professionals in the businesses and industries served, community input from individuals, groups and community surveys and analysis of population and workforce data.
A similar approach is guiding the Urban Campus project. A partnership among the City of Covington, Covington Independent Public Schools, the Kenton County Public Library, Kenton County Fiscal Court, the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) and the Gateway Community and Technical College Foundation was formed in 2009 to create a new campus on Scott Boulevard in Covington in a general area between 3rd and 7th streets.
In 2010, various community partners hosted seven community forums that were facilitated by the Center for Great Neighborhoods. The forums occurred in Covington, Newport, Bellevue and Dayton. More than 110 residents attended and provided ideas for Urban/Metro Campus development, including input about programs and services, physical attributes and the role of the Urban/Metro Campus in community life.
Summary of Community Forum Responses
Summary of Responses from Covington Sessions
Summary of Responses from Bellevue and Dayton
Through the process of developing the new campus, Gateway has had the support of numerous community partners and organizations, among them:
• Catalytic Funding Corporation
• City of Covington
• Covington Business Council
• Covington Independent Public Schools
• Covington Neighborhood Collaborative
• Eastside Neighborhood Association
• Gateway Community and Technical College Foundation
• Licking Riverside Neighborhood Association
• Kenton County Fiscal Court
• Kenton County Public Library
• Northern Kentucky Consensus Committee
• Southbank Partners
• Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK)
• Vision 2015
The Urban/Metro Campus continues to be the number one education project supported by the Northern Kentucky Consensus Committee.
In addition to various community organizations, Gateway also works in partnership with the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Baker Hunt Cultural Center, Carnegie Center for Visual and Performing Arts, the Bridal District, the Arts District and developments such as Hotel Covington.