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Announcing New Summer Hours/Upward Bound Summer Programs

Gadsden State Community College will observe new operating hours beginning Monday, May 21.  The adjusted summer schedule will help conserve energy

consumption thus providing a substantial cost saving advantage for the college and its employees.  The new summer hours will be Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.  The summer work schedule will continue through Friday, August 3.

All summer camp programs will adhere to the new schedule with the exception of athletic camps and K-2 camps held in Gadsden.  The Gadsden and Ayers Campus bookstores will be open 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  The college will be closed on Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day and Wednesday, July 4 for Independence Day annual holiday observances.

Gadsden State President Raymond W. Staats said, “This is a great opportunity to conserve our resources while continuing to provide the quality instruction and services our students and community expect and enjoy.” 

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Summer Upward Bound & Food Service Program Begins June 11

Approximately 75 high school students from the Attalla, Gadsden and Etowah County school systems, will spend part of the summer setting the direction for their futures at Gadsden State Community College as they participate in the Upward Bound program.

Upward Bound prepares underserved and first generation high school students for greater success in college and in life through various instructional and enrichment courses during the year.

Pat Rutledge, Upward Bound project director in Gadsden, said the program provides additional support for students who are at risk of academic failure. Upward Bound begins June 11 and concludes July 13. During the course of the program, students receive assistance to help prepare them to excel when they return to the classroom in the fall. Tutorial programs are offered, including some remedial courses to help students who have had difficulty in passing portions of the high school graduation exam.

Upward Bound has partnered with the USDA Summer Food Service Program again this year. The Food Program was created to ensure that children in lower income areas continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer months. While the program is underway, meals will be available at the Gadsden State cafeteria from 7:15 – 7:55 a.m. and from noon until 1:00 p.m.

For more information about Upward Bound or the Summer Food Service Program, contact Pat Rutledge at 256-549-8372 or prutledge@gadsdenstate.edu.

It is the official policy of the Alabama State Board of Education and Gadsden State Community College, a postsecondary institution under its control, that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, disability, sex, religion, creed, national origin, or age, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program, activity, or employment.  Inquiries related to this policy may be directed to Ms. Michele G. Bradford, JD., Director of Diversity and Compliance & Title IX Coordinator, telephone 256-439-6822. 

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 AYERS CAMPUS SUMMER UPWARD BOUND BEGINS JUNE 11

Students from five Calhoun County high schools will participate in the Upward Bound Program at the Ayers Campus of Gadsden State Community College this summer.  Program Director Sharon McGruder said that students from Saks, White Plains, Wellborn, Anniston and Oxford High Schools will participate in the program, which begins June 4 and concludes with a two-day trip to Memphis, Tenn.  July 17.

Upward Bound prepares underserved and first generation high school students for greater success in college and life through various instructional and enrichment courses during the year. Additional support will be provided for students who are at risk of academic failure during the summer program.

Students will spend the first weeks of the program on the Jacksonville State University Campus attending math, science, Spanish and English workshops. “There will be added emphasis on computer skills training and special science workshops to help students prepare for the high school exit exam,” McGruder said.

During the final weeks, students will return to the Ayers Campus where they will focus on their future with discussions on career choices and decision-making skills concerning careers. The students will also be introduced to financial planning and budget management.

The trip to Memphis will include a visit to the University of Memphis.  While in Memphis, the group will visit the National Civil Rights Museum, Graceland, Burkle Estate, Memphis Rock “n” Soul Museum, Neely’s Bar-B-Q Restaurant, and other tourists sights.

“This trip is beneficial for the students because it gives them an opportunity to grow by expanding their cultural and life experiences in a positive way,” McGruder explained. For more information contact Sharon McGruder at smcgruder@gadsdenstate.edu or 256-835-5461.

It is the official policy of the Alabama State Board of Education and Gadsden State Community College, a postsecondary institution under its control, that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, disability, sex, religion, creed, national origin, or age, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program, activity, or employment.  Inquiries related to this policy may be directed to Ms. Michele G. Bradford, JD., Director of Diversity and Compliance & Title IX Coordinator, telephone 256-439-6822. 

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