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Kentucky Commissioner of Education Visits Gateway
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Thursday, November 08, 2018
Program Highlights Shared

On October 16, 2018, Dr. Wayne Lewis, Kentucky Commissioner of Education, visited Gateway Academy along with State Representative Walker Thomas and State Senator Whitney Westerfield.  In addition to a tour of all of the Gateway Academy programs, program highlights were shared with the visitors.   Watch this video.

Culinary Arts, Instructor Betty Adams

  • 2018 State Champion Commercial Baking (advanced to National Competition)
  • 2017 and 2018 State Cake Decorating Champion
  • 2018 - 1 Co-Op Scholar; 2 Interns
  • 2017 - 2 Co-Op Scholars; 1 Intern

Electrical Construction Technology, Instructor Ray Chase

  • 1st Place in the Electrical Wiring SkillsUSA Regional Competition
  • PBL Focus - Solar Energy

Information Technology/Computer Science, Instructor Sean Conley

  • 2017-18 AP Computer Science Principles offered for the first time
  • 5 Scholars pass the AP Computer Science Principles Exam
  • Received Wal-Mart Grant for classroom of $1,000
  • Received PD Grant to teach material (Kentucky's 1st cohort)

Health Science Academy, Instructors Casey Evans, Dawn Ray, Kathy Rogers, Samantha Bledsoe, Patti Messamore

  • 7 scholars earned MNA certification
  • Dual credit options available for NAA100
  • PBL Focus - Conservation Project

Information Technology/Student Technology Leadership Program, Instructor Sandra Hancock

  • Fall 2016 STLP Regional Engineer
  • Spring 2017 STLP Regional Engineer represented Christian Co Public Schools at KySTE Conference
  • Summer 2017 STLP Engineer represented Kentucky at the ISTE Conference in San Antonio, TX
  • Fall 2017 STLP Regional Engineer
  • Spring 2018 STLP Regional Engineer represented Christian Co Public Schools at KySTE Conference
  • Summer 2018 STLP Engineer represented Kentucky at the ISTE Conference in Chicago, IL
  • 2017 - Technology Help Desk students established "Gearing Up for the Future" - a mobile makerspace
  • 2018 - IT co-op scholar working at Douglas AutoTec Corp as help desk support
  • Mrs. Hancock served on the Kentucky Computer Science Standards Development Team
  • PBL Focus - Mobile STEM Lab for elementary scholars

Engineering Academy, Instructors Nathan Hicks, Erica Davis, Ashlee Grace, Patti Messamore, Samantha Bledsoe

  • Scholars invited to speak at Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers State Conference in Owensboro
  • 2017-18 Winners of The Next Big Thing at Murray State University
  • STLP Engineering Representative at State and Nationals
  • Only National Academy Foundation academy in Kentucky

Advanced Manufacturing - CMM, Instructor David Lewis

  • Registered TRACK apprenticeship program with Danfoss - 2 Gateway Alumni still employed; 2 current Gateway students hired

Advanced Manufacturing - Welding Technology, Instructor Ricky Peterson

  • 21 scholars earned AWS certification
  • Scholar chosen to participate in registered apprenticeship with Danfoss

Automotive Technology, Instructor Robert Tubbs

  • 21 scholars earned ASE certification

SkillsUSA, Sponsors Sean Conley, Betty Adams, Ray Chase

  • Implemented 1st middle school SkillsUSA program ever in Kentucky
  • 2017-18 SkillsUSA Regional Middle School contestants earned 6 1st place medals and 3 2nd place medals
  • 2017-18 SkillsUSA Regional High School contestants earned 18 1st place medals, 16 2nd place medals, and 5 3rd place medals
  • 2017-18 SkillsUSA State Middle School contestants earned 5 1st place medals and 2 2nd place medals
  • 2017-18 SkillsUSA State High School contestants earned 5 1st place medals, 1 2nd place medal, and 2 3rd place medals
  • 2017-18 6 scholars qualified for SkillsUSA Nationals with Middle School Robotics:Urban Search and Rescue team placing 3rd

VEX Robotics, Sponsors Nathan Hicks, Sean Conley, Patti Messamore

  • 2018-19 11 VEX teams, 68 scholars involved
  • 2018-19 3 all-female teams
  • 2018 7 teams made it to the VEX State Championship
  • 2018 2 teams advanced to the VEX World Championship, with middle school team finishing 16th
  • Hosting 2 VEX Statewide Events this year
  • Corporate Sponsorship from TGASK, T-RAD, and Pennyrile Electric
  • Hosted robotics stations at various corporate events

Voice of Democracy, Teacher Patti Messamore

  • 2nd and 4th place finishers in last year's competition

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) - Districtwide Program, Instructor Kelly Gates

  • 100% of allowed scholars enrolled - 148 scholars on waiting list
  • 100% Graduation Rate
  • 97% of scholars enrolled went on to attend college, technical training programs, military, or find employment
  • 100% of scholars had measurable skills gain/literacy/numeracy gains (at least 2 grade level increase)
  • 40% of scholars in work-based learning experience were paired with co-op in chosen career pathway
  • Scholars attended financial literacy, resume writing, mock interviewing, positive social media, and career exploration workshops
  • Christian Co Public Schools has in-king match of $230,000 for the WIOA program
  • 12 different professional businesses mentor, host, and partner with WIOA scholars.  (Co-op businesses not included)
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