Saturday, October 05, 2002

N.Ky. technical school renamed

Up next for Gateway: new campus in Boone County

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The votes were cast and the results are in: the Northern Kentucky Community and Technical College District has a new name. The developing institution of 2,145 students will now be called Gateway Community and Technical College.

        The Board of Regents that governs the commonwealth's system of technical and community colleges approved the change Friday after a six-month process of soliciting input from community members, business leaders and students.

        “The name Gateway was selected for many reasons,” said Richard Jordan, chairman of Gateway's board of directors.

        “It has historical and geographic significance to the region, which is known as the "Gateway to the South.' (And) the new name will eliminate the current confusion with our regional university, and more importantly it will help us in establishing a new identity as the access-point for post-secondary education in the area.”

        Northern Kentucky Community and Technical College District, now Gateway, was created as a result of the commonwealth's 1997 Higher Education Reform Act, which created a new community and technical college system.

        That system had been made up of 15 technical schools and 13 community colleges. As part of the reform, the technical schools became technical colleges.

        In Northern Kentucky, three vocational schools became known as Northern Kentucky Technical College, a single institution with three branches.

        In 1998, the state's General Assembly authorized the construction of a new campus, which will be on Mount Zion Road in Boone County.


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