Jack Bateman, a Pathway student from 1981-1993, has maintained a professional career since graduating. He described how Pathway prepared him for his career working in maintenance: “Going to Pathway was like being a janitor with keys. Each key represents an opportunity that can unlock a door to new opportunities and chances in life. We were given all these keys at Pathway.”
The mission of Pathway is to impart confidence in our students helping them achieve success here, in school, and as adults when they move on. Jack said that he has “the keys” to chase his dreams and achieve success for nearly 30 years because of self-confidence he developed here at Pathway: “The biggest thing that I love about Pathway is that every teacher gives you an opportunity in life to grow and be more independent. They gave you confidence at a young age.”
Shortly after graduating, he moved to upstate New York to work in maintenance at a camp in the Adirondacks. He then moved to Wyoming for a brief period to try a new interest: driving tractor-trailers. Realizing his true passion for working in maintenance, Jack returned to the area and worked at Notre Dame Academy for 18 years. He was recently given an opportunity to advance his career in maintenance at Gwynedd Mercy University. Here, he works on projects that include carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, and general maintenance.
Jack recently reconnected with The Pathway School at Homecoming this past fall. Jack knew he wanted to give back to the place where it all started for him. He has now become a monthly donor to The Pathway School and is part of the new Pathway Success Partners program. This was a full circle moment for Jack as he now supports current students and helps fund state-of-the-art STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum, performing and visual arts programming, career education, and more.
If you would like to follow in Jack’s footsteps and become a monthly supporter, helping Pathway students achieve their goals and dreams, the process is quick and easy. Click here and select the “Monthly” tab while completing the form. Any gift of support, regardless of the amount, positively impacts our students, their families, and communities, and is very appreciated. Become a Pathway Success Partner today.