Student Stories

Edwin Martinez

Growing up in the Bronx, Edwin Martinez ’01 loved nothing better than tagging along with his uncle, a superintendent, on repair jobs.…

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Pauline Dorsi

Pauline Dorsi ’14 graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 1989 with a BA in history. She worked at Health Net…

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Patricia “Trish” Feliciano

When Patricia “Trish” Feliciano, 51, graduated high school, she hoped to study architecture, but a car accident made it impossible to…

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Victoria Verlezza

Gateway alum Victoria Verlezza is an accomplished, respected educator, consultant, and expert in the fields of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). She…

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Kelsey Snedeker

For single mom Kelsey Snedeker, grit, determination, and Gateway’s Family Economic Security Program (FESP) are helping her navigate challenging times. In…

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Sheena Infante Davis

Earning an associate degree in Restaurant Food Services Management was a huge accomplishment for Sheena Infante Davis. Sheena entered the foster…

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Frances Rivera-Biaggi

Gateway’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training Program (SNAP E&T) wasn’t the first rung on Frances Rivera-Biaggi’s corporate ladder, nor will…

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Tyrone Poole

Tyrone Poole’s father wasn’t part of his life. Instead, he found acceptance running with a gang, a path that led him…

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Debbie Mele

As a teenager working in a local florist shop, Debbie Mele’s career seemed certain, but Gateway set her on a new path…

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