GateWay Celebrates 50 Years

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GateWay Community College has come a long way from its humble beginnings in the former Korrick’s Department Store in Phoenix. Starting as Maricopa Technical College, the educational institution focused on preparing individuals to enter the workforce, transfer to a university or pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. The first class of future professionals graduated in May 1969.

While GateWay Community College looks back on its legacy of innovation, pioneering vision and responsiveness to the needs of the community, it continues to have an eye on a future that is focused on developing programs and courses that are relevant to tomorrow’s professionals, using virtual reality, simulation labs, or next generation equipment and tools for educating and training.

The community is invited to learn about GateWay’s history as well as celebrate this significant milestone by attending one of the following free events during the spring.  

Sex Trafficking, A Homeland Security Perspective, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 12 to 1 p.m., Copper Room/IE1302, Washington Campus, 108 N. 40th Street, Phoenix

40th Street Lecture Series, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Stories From the Frontlines of Social Change, Thursday, Feb. 7, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Copper Room/IE1302, Washington Campus, 108 N. 40th Street, Phoenix

Phoenix Symphony Performs, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 12 to 1 p.m., Copper Room/IE1302, Washington Campus, 108 N. 40th Street, Phoenix

GeckoLand Festival, Wednesday, March 20, 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Washington Campus, 108 N. 40th Street, Phoenix. This annual family event is full of games, inflatables, food and more throughout the day.

In addition, the college will be holding a gala event to raise money for student success on April 26, called Runway to Success 50th Anniversary Gala. 

To learn more about the college’s history online, visit gatewaycc.edu/history.

For information about any of these events, visit gatewaycc.edu/calendar.

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