Gateway Technical College Foundation has surpassed its Gateway Promise program goal of $3 million, officials announced this week. A total of $3.93 million was raised for the program over the past three years, most recently boosted by contributions from Michael Kopper and Michele Whitfield, as well as Otto and Beverly Tarnowski. Other contributors include: SC Johnson and Fisk Johnson, Jim Hawkins and Kenall Manufacturing, Snap-on Incorporated, Follett Books, the Kenosha Area Business Alliance, and the Gateway Technical College Foundation Board of Directors.

The Gateway Promise program is an effort fill the gap between financial aid and the cost of tuition and fees so that eligible students can gain access to the life-changing impact of a college degree. Promise program students engage in academic support services which help them to succeed in their studies. Nearly nine out of every 10 Promise student remained in college after their first semester – compared to a national average of five of every 10. In addition, several students who’ve received a Promise scholarship have already graduated Gateway and successfully entered their career.