Gateway marks centennial
July 15, 2011
From the Caledonia Patch: “Gateway Technical College marks 100 years of local education” — Gateway Technical College marked its Centennial Celebration and the honor of being the country’s first technical college with a day-long program on Tues., July 12.
Speakers at the celebration Tuesday afternoon praised the thinking that made public technical education possible. Some of them urged protection for technical education spending.
Launched in 1911, the Racine Continuation School was the first publicly funded school focusing on practical and technical skills such as drafting, cooking and machining. Today, Gateway’s Racine campus is part of a statewide, 16-school system that serves about 400,000 students. The school has about 26,000 students at campuses in Racine, Kenosha and Walworth counties.
The speeches and presentation of a commemorative plaque was part of an all-day celebration at the campus, 1001 S. Main St., that included a picnic, student-led campus tours, displays in the parking lots and a free concert.