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The Finer Properties of the Valley of the Sun

GateWay Community College hosts late September Runway to Success in Scottsdale

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Robbie Mathews-Pierce took full advantage of all that GateWay had to offer including programs made possible through Runway For Success. (File Photos/DigitalFreePress.com)
Runway to Success provides critical funding for GateWay Community College
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GateWay Community College is hosting the annual Runway to Success fundraiser from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at The Clayton in downtown Scottsdale.

The Runway to Success event plays a pivotal role in generating vital funds for students as funds raised support programs, provide scholarships and ensure student success and retention, GateWay Community College representatives say.

Hosted by Event Chair Lisa Andrus, and emceed by Valley personality Carey Pena, the evening includes a silent auction and dinner, all while GateWay students take the stage.

For over 55 years, GateWay Community College has been helping students find success through education and workforce training. GateWay is a Hispanic Serving Institution where over half of the student population identifies as Hispanic/Latinx. Catering to the non-traditional student, GateWay offers over 160 degrees and certificates that fit students’ interests, passions and schedule, according to a press release.

“We hope everyone will join us on Friday, Sept. 29, as we raise funds to help develop the workforce of tomorrow and support students at GateWay Community College,” said Ann Blatté, GateWay Community College development director. “Our students’ stories serve as a testament to their remarkable journeys and the professional achievements they’ve gained through their education at GateWay.”

GateWay prepares more than 1,500 graduates to enter the workforce each year and boasts an economic impact of $85 million. Its nursing, healthcare, apprenticeship and trades programs are among the highest paying jobs without a four-year degree. GateWay’s nursing graduates produce an annual economic impact of $30 million.

Ms. Mathews-Pierce, above, is working as a Radiologic Technologist at HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center. (File Photos/DigitalFreePress.com)
Runway to Success provides critical funding for GateWay Community College

Alumni Robbie Mathews-Pierce took full advantage of all that GateWay had to offer. Like many students, Ms. Mathews-Pierce was looking to begin a new career but lacked the resources to complete a degree the traditional route.

“I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for GateWay Community College,” she said “They gave me the hands-on training, top-notch schooling and the real-world experience I needed. There were many scholarship and grant opportunities along the way, so I didn’t need to take out student loans or accumulate student debt to attain this degree. I am forever grateful for this incredible resource.”

By beginning her education at GateWay, Ms. Mathews-Pierce obtained her associate degree in applied science in radiologic technology while simultaneously completing her bachelor’s degree at Grand Canyon University.

Today, the mother of two is working as a Radiologic Technologist at HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center.

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