COVINGTON, Ky. - Even as federal and state governments look to extensively cut their budgets, that's not stopping Gateway Community College from dreaming big about its future in downtown Covington.
Besides spending $11 million renovating the old Two Rivers School at Scott and 5th streets, the community and technical college is also planning a large campus at another location in Covington.
Administrators announced Wednesday morning that they are looking for architects to design its new $63 million comprehensive urban campus.
Gateway's president reminded supporters of how over the years the area had pushed to get Northern Kentucky University established, built and expanded.
Dr. Edward Hughes says the same can happen for Gateway, even in tough economic times. "Folks. Something is going to be built in the state of Kentucky in the next two years... The urban campus of Gateway... It's our time to make this dream come true."
Hughes says Gateway's Covington campus has grown by over 1,000 percent in just the last two years. He would like Gateway to eventually move to Covington from its current campus on Amsterdam Road in Park Hills.
Gateway Community and Technical College's Urban Center in Covington now has over 850 students, with 20 full-time faculty and staff. Administrators estimate it could serve over 1,000 students by this time next year.