Gateway has been honored to receive many financial gifts over the years, each with special meanings and life-changing outcomes.

Through the generosity of our community, the Gateway Technical College Foundation provides academic and occupational skills training scholarships to students, emergency grants to sustain students during a stressful time of need, short-term training tuition for programs such as boot camps and our tuition free college Promise program for incoming high school students meeting basic eligibility requirements.

In her book “Every Gift Matters: How Your Passion Can Change the World,” author Carrie Morgridge provides great advice on philanthropy, stating that investing your gift in something you care deeply about will sustain your interest and add personal value to the meaning of your gift. By supporting a cause you are interested in and value, you will find yourself aligning with others who have similar interests — and strengthen the mission and outcomes of your cause.

It with the highest respect and honor that I share with our community one special gift that we have received from the late Beverly and Otto Tarnowski. If you have visited our SC Johnson iMET Center, you may have visited Tarnowski Hall, a space for students to train for a career in manufacturing or the skilled trades. Tarnowski Hall was made possible, in part, by a philanthropic gift from Beverly and Otto Tarnowski of Racine.

Since the gift was made, both Beverly and Otto have passed away but their interest and passion for technical education lives on. Each semester a new group of students learn and train on the equipment and tools in Tarnowski Hall. Their careers are strengthened by the generosity of the Tarnowskis.

In January, the Gateway Technical College Foundation awarded more than $150,000 in scholarship funding to another deserving group of students. It is a privilege for our college to assist with carrying out the wishes of the many donors to who have chosen to believe that every gift matters and that you can be a difference maker.

Thank you to all who support the mission of our college and invest the hope and prosperity of others though your gifts.

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Bryan Albrecht is president and CEO of Gateway Technical College.

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