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  Mission Statement  

Create an educational culture of continuous growth through shared partnerships and responsibilities.

  About The School  

What Is Gateway Academy to Innovation and Technology?

Gateway Academy to Innovation and Technology is a locally-operated career and technical center.  In the past few years, Gateway Academy has expanded course offerings to ensure scholars gain essential skills so they can achieve Academic Readiness, Technical Readiness, and/or Military Readiness.

Gateway Academy participates in the National Academy Foundation and currently has two fully functioning academies.  Scholars involved in the academies begin attending Gateway Academy their freshman year and will continue at Gateway through their senior year.

One of the academies is in the area of engineering.  Scholars interested in a career in engineering may apply for enrollment in the engineering academy at the end of their eighth grade year.  Scholars will take an engineering course, English course, and math course while at Gateway.  The engineering classes utilize curriculum from Project Lead the Way (PLTW).  Courses include Introduction to Engineering Design, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Principles of Engineering, and Special Topics.  We are currently looking to expand our offerings to possibly include Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Digital Electronics, Robotics Design Essentials and Systems, and Engineering Design and Development.  Scholars also have the opportunity to co-op through the engineering program.  The math and English classes at Gateway Academy follow the same curriculum maps and standards that a scholar would be exposed to at their home high school.  We currently offer Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, and AP Calculus.  In English course offerings include English I, English II, AP Language and Composition, English IV, and English 101/102 for dual credit.  In the math and English classes, scholars will gain insight into how those two subjects in particular tie in to the themes they are studying in engineering.  Scholars will have multiple opportunities to present to various audiences and participate in leadership activities.

The second academy at Gateway Academy is in the area of health science.  Scholars interested in becoming a RN, LPN, NP should consider applying for the health science academy.  Scholars will take a health science course, English course, and science course each year they are enrolled in the health science academy.   The health science courses are Principles of Health Science, Emergency Procedures/Medical Terminology, Anatomy, Special Topics in Allied Health, and Medicaid Nurse Aide which is a dual credit course.  We are also expanding offerings in this academy with the addition of an Acute Care Basic Skills course.  All of these courses can help scholars work towards earning certification that allows them to enter a nursing program in a school in the state of Kentucky or employment upon graduation.   Along with the Medicaid Nurse Aide certification, we are adding EKG Technician, Pharmacy Technician, and Phlebotomy Technician certifications within this program.  The English courses offered are the same as the engineering academy, and in science scholars are able to take Integrated Science, Biology, Chemistry, and possibly a Special Topics: Life Science course.

We have a third academy that is in the beginning stages which is the Academy for Hospitality and Tourism.  Scholars enrolled in the marketing program work closely with students enrolled in the culinary program on various projects and promotional activities throughout the year.  Scholars also have the possibility of taking their English course while at Gateway Academy as well.  Scholars in our marketing program study Principles of Marketing and Advanced Marketing; Advertising and Promotion and Travel and Tourism; as well as, Retail Marketing and Entrepreneurship.  Our culinary scholars work in Foods and Nutrition and Culinary I and II.  In addition to providing meals for Hopkinsville-Christian County Youth Leadership on occasion, these scholars also cater various meeting and community events.

Another opportunity that is very exciting at Gateway Academy is available through our industrial maintenance program.  Danfoss has partnered with Gateway Academy to provide both employment and educational opportunities while scholars are still in high school.  Scholars enrolled in the industrial maintenance program will be encouraged to interview for apprenticeship positions at Danfoss in the afternoon while attending high school in the morning.  It is a competitive process, and most scholars begin earning $10/hour as a high school junior.  Once the apprentice has graduated from high school, they will continue working at Danfoss as they work to earn their college degree in an advanced manufacturing field.  Scholars in industrial maintenance gain valuable hands-on experience through blueprint reading, applied machining, and machine tool courses.

Gateway Academy is looking to expand this wonderful opportunity into other programs as well including our electricity and welding programs.  Electricity scholars learn the basics of wiring, circuitry, and electrical maintenance while enrolled at Gateway Academy.  Another area of focus for our electricity scholars is in the area of renewable energy systems.  Scholars look at renewable energy forms and the replacement of fossil fuels in our society.

Blueprint reading, gas metal arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, and cutting processes are just a few of the things our welding scholars become proficient in as they move through our welding program.  Scholars also utilize their welding skills to create works of art and other items that can be purchased.  Did you see the horseshoe tree at the Festival of Trees in 2016?  That was created by our scholars!

Scholars in our biomedical science program never know what they will encounter when they walk into Doc Scharf's classroom!  Curriculum for the biomedical science program also comes from PLTW.  In the beginning course, Principles of Biomedical Science, scholars will work all year exploring the concepts of biology and medicine to determine factors that led to the death of a fictional person.  The second year in the program leads scholars through the human body system as they explore identity, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis in the body.  This course provides a dual credit opportunity for scholars as well.  Scholars will follow the life of a fictitious family in the third course, Medical Interventions, as they investigate how to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease.  Biomedical Innovation, the final course, provides scholars with the opportunity to work on an independent project with a mentor or advisor from a university, medical facility, or research institution.  Scholars address topics from public health and biomedical engineering to clinical medicine and physiology.

For the 2017-2018 school year, we have added computer science to our Information Technology department.  Scholars will begin transitioning from Video Game Design to Computer Science as the career pathway in this program.  In listening to members of our advisory councils, we determined there is not a huge market for video game design in Hopkinsville.  One of our goals at Gateway is to get scholars work experience as much as possible, and that was difficult to do in video game design.  With this transition, we will now be offering scholars the opportunity to take AP Computer Science and possibly earn college credit with a passing score of three or higher on the AP exam.  We also offer help desk and systems support management through our IT department.  Scholars have the opportunity and gain the knowledge to troubleshoot various computer issues.  These scholars work closely with the district IT staff and sometimes travel to other schools in the district to help resolve computer issues.

In the transportation education program, scholars learn about every part of an automobile.  Times are changing in this area as car maintenance systems are becoming more computerized.  An understanding of technology along with the basic knowledge of how to change the oil is a must now for someone interested in this field.  In our efforts to continue to provide our scholars with more opportunities, we are in the process of gaining ASE certification for this program.

Law Enforcement is a fairly new program at Gateway Academy.  The course offerings have recently changed to reflect issues we see in our society.  Scholars will begin with Introduction to Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement.  These two courses together provide a unique opportunity for scholars to gain an overview of the criminal justice system then move into specific powers granted to the police and restrictions placed upon them by respective constitutions and their amendments.  During the second year, scholars will focus on criminal investigation and emergency management.  In the third year of the program, scholars study terrorism and counterterrorism operations then move through a curriculum in telecommunications that provides them with the opportunity to earn industrial certification from the International Association of Emergency Dispatchers.

Gateway Academy to Innovation and Technology is a facility that changes to meet the job demands of our community and state.  It's not your Grandpa's trade school anymore!!

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