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CIA Day Dec. 2/Lavender Outstanding Administrator

Careers In Action (CIA) Day Set for December 2

Students at Gadsden City High School will participate in CIA (Careers in Action) Day Friday, December 2 as part of an event sponsored by the Gadsden City School System. 

Matthew Burttram, a career coach at Gadsden State Community College, is coordinating the event designed specifically for high school seniors. There will be 16 speakers covering different professions in one of four career clusters, including arts and communication, law and business, health science, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and manufacturing. Each student will have an opportunity to hear from professionals in two career clusters of their choice. The event is designed to expose students to different careers before they graduate from high school, allowing them to make informed decisions about their future. “While some know what field of study they want to enter, many are still unsure. We hope that this event can help them decide what career best suits them, as well as connect them with local professionals,” said Burttram.  For more information about the Career Transition Program at Gadsden State contact Marian Haynie at 256-439-6861 or


Lavender Named Outstanding Administrator

Dr. Martha Lavender, RN, MSN, DSN, was recently honored during the 25th anniversary celebration of the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Chancellor’s Awards.  

Lavender was named the 2011 Outstanding Administrator at a ceremony held at the Alabama Activity Center in Montgomery. She was honored for her professional excellence, dedication, and creativity in service to Gadsden State and the ACCS as a whole. Lavender currently serves as assistant to the president of Gadsden State Community College for Cherokee County Operations and dean of Health Sciences.

The Chancellor’s Awards are given to recognize individuals with the highest standards of professional performance and service.  “We are very pleased to see Dr. Lavender recognized for her work here at Gadsden State,” stated President Raymond Staats. “She approaches her work with innovation, dedication, enthusiasm, and a helpful attitude. She is always ready to go that extra mile for our students.”

Lavender serves as a member of the Alabama Board of Nursing as one of three nursing education representatives and on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s Advanced Practice Committee.   She has served in the nursing field in various capacities for over 32 years and has held several previous leadership roles in the nursing profession.


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