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Cardinal Athletes Receive ACCC Honors

The Gadsden State Cardinals had six student-athletes named to various teams during the Alabama Community College Conference Region 22 State Basketball Tournament recently held at Shelton State Community College. 

Josh Gibson of Springville was named to the All-Region and Northern League 1st team.  Terrence Lee of Baton Rouge, La., and RJ Sturkie of Saks   were both named to the Northern League 2nd team.  Three Lady Cardinals were also recognized at the conclusion of the tournament.  Sheyenne Turner of Decatur was named to the All-Region and Northern League 1st team while Lacy Huckabee of Higdon and Krista Simmons of Fairfield were named to the Northern League 2nd team.  Mike Cancilla, Gadsden State athletic director, stated, “We are extremely proud of these student-athletes.  It is quite an honor to receive this recognition.  These athletes excel in academics as well as on the court and we are pleased to see their hard work recognized.”


Local Administrator Graduates from TVA Rural Leadership Institute

Luanne Hayes, Gadsden State Community College director of economic development-Cherokee and campus director, recently graduated from The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Rural Leadership Institute.

TVA is a corporation owned by the U.S. government which provides electricity for business customers and distribution utilities serving nine million people in seven southeastern states.  Their services are focused on attracting new industries and retaining and growing existing businesses, in addition to helping communities prepare for economic growth. Economic development is a major part of TVA’s core mission.   

The institute, developed and sponsored by TVA, provides professional leadership training to help participants more effectively lead volunteers. It collaborates with organizations, businesses, elected officials and citizens to ensure long-term success. Eighteen participants attended four two-day sessions conducted by leading area experts.  “The TVA Rural Leadership Institute provided an awesome learning experience from personality traits and leadership styles to making effective presentations and everything in between,” said Luanne Hayes.  “The positive relationship developed with economic development practitioners from rural communities and the TVA Staff is definitely worth the time invested.”


The Gadsden State Cardinal Connection Program is paving the way for students to be inspired and choose a career path that they will enjoy by sponsoring the annual Explore Tech Day.  Explore Tech, which is more in-depth than a normal campus tour, was created to promote early enthusiasm in high school students by encouraging them to think about their future occupations.  Students begin the day together with a breakfast and an introduction to Gadsden State before they visit their chosen occupational program. “Explore Tech Day is an exciting event that allows students to spend the morning in a technical program of their choice and receive guidance from instructors as well as college students who serve as mentors.  This day allows them to “test drive” a career/program before making a commitment to purchase,” said Emily Clark, career coach at Gadsden State.  

Explore Tech 2012 will host high school juniors and seniors from Cleburne County, Anniston, Jacksonville, Piedmont, and Oxford City Schools at the Ayers Campus on March 15. Students from Cherokee and St. Clair Counties, and Gadsden City Schools will visit the East Broad Campus on April 18. About 14 different technical programs are involved this year including, automotive manufacturing technology, welding, childhood development, and civil engineering technology. 

Students spend approximately two hours learning about their program of interest and many instructors plan hands-on activities for them. They get to experience what it takes to succeed in that career field and quite often the students confirm that the career option they have chosen is the right choice. Career coach Matthew Burttram explained that, “Many high school students are apprehensive about taking that next step into college. Explore Tech Day helps ease that tension by allowing them to come on the college campus, do hands-on activities with an instructor in a field that they are interested in, all in a fun, low-stress environment.” 

Gadsden State Cardinal Connections currently has seven career coaches serving in 32 schools in its service area.  Marian Haynie serves as Director of Career Transitions for the Cardinal Connections Program. For more information about Explore Tech Day or Cardinal Connections contact Haynie at 256-439-6861 or


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