Currently the largest of Connecticut's state community colleges, Gateway Community College (GCC) serves the residents and businesses of the Greater New Haven region with innovative educational programming and relevant social and cultural opportunities. Each year, more than 14,000 individuals choose from over 90 accredited degree and certificate programs, which they take for college credit, professional development, and personal enrichment. The college awards associate degrees and certificates in academic programs that transfer to four-year universities, along with career-track programs in engineering and automotive technologies, technical studies, health care, and business.
College offerings are strengthened by community partnerships with area organizations and businesses that support programming, and provide internships and community engagement opportunities for GCC students. Gateway's Resource Education and Training (GREAT) Center serves the community with short-term workforce training and professional development through partnerships with state and federal government agencies. The college also has the support of the Gateway Community College Foundation, Inc., which provides scholarships for students, and professional development grants for faculty and staff.
Gateway Community College received its name on July 1, 1992, with the merging of South Central Community College in New Haven and Greater New Haven State Technical College in North Haven. The rich histories of the merged institutions is the foundation for over 50 years of learning excellence that makes Gateway Community College the excellent institution of higher learning it is today.
GCC Mission & Purposes
Gateway Community College offers high-quality instruction and comprehensive services in an environment conducive to learning. We respond to the changing academic, occupational, technological, and cultural needs of a diverse population. To realize this mission, Gateway Community College:
- Offers a broad range of credit and credit-free liberal arts and sciences, technical and career associate degrees and certificate programs, and courses leading to transfer, employment, and lifelong learning
- Encourages student success and inclusion through stimulating learning opportunities, innovative teaching, support services, and co-curricular activities
- Supports economic development through business, industry, government, and community partnerships.
- Strengthens our community through the sponsorship of intellectual, cultural, social, and recreational events and activities
- Engages students and community members as active, responsible leaders.
Gateway Community College, along with the 16 other Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (ConnSCU)—four state universities, 12 community colleges, and Charter Oak State College—is governed by the Board of Regents (BOR) for Higher Education.