Gateway2NKU Dr. Gregory Stewart, Deborah Henry, Penny Parsons, and Erin Sandy were honored on May 11 for their work to grow the Gateway2NKU program, which launched in 2013.

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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Nearly three years ago, Northern Kentucky University and Gateway Community & Technical College partnered to create a unique transfer program to help more students achieve academic success.

Gateway2NKU creates specific program pathways that make it easier for Gateway students to transfer to NKU and continue their academic careers.

Within the first month of the program’s launch in October 2013, 42 students enrolled. Today, more than 300 students are enrolled in the program, and nearly 70 have already completed an associate degree at Gateway and successfully transitioned to NKU to pursue a bachelor’s degree. The first Gateway2NKU graduates will receive bachelor’s degrees from NKU this weekend. 

“The Gateway2NKU program is a prime example of two institutions partnering to help students achieve their academic success,” said Kimberly Scranage, Vice President of Enrollment and Degree Management. “By developing this seamless transition from Gateway to NKU, students have the opportunity to expand their education and successfully progress towards a bachelor’s degree.”

On Wednesday, four individuals who have helped grow the program and have provided outstanding services to students were recognized at the Gateway2NKU Leadership Luncheon, held on NKU’s Highland Heights campus:

  • Deborah Henry; Academic Advisor, College of Education & Human Services, NKU
  • Penny Parsons; Associate Director of Student Financial Assistance at NKU
  • Erin Sandy; Financial Aid Coordinator at Gateway
  • Dr. Gregory Stewart; Human Services Program Coordinator at Gateway

Gateway2NKU has been so successful that it became the model for two other programs: CState2NKU, a partnership with Cincinnati State Technical College; and JCTC2NKU, a recently approved partnership with Jefferson Community & Technical College. 

For more information, please visit gateway2.nku.edu.