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Gadsden State Recognized for Commitment to Military

Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Gadsden State Community College to the coveted Military Friendly Schools ® list for 2013. This list honors the top 15 percent of

colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.  Gadsden State is one of 32 Alabama colleges selected by G.I. Jobs magazine and it is the second time the college has received this honorable distinction.

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools ® shows Gadsden State’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs and Victory Media vice president.  The list features 1,700 schools from around the country, recognized for their efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students.  “The competition for our 2013 Military Friendly Schools® list was fierce and as a result we raised the already stringent criteria to a higher benchmark,” Rich McCormack, publisher of G.I. Jobs Magazine said in a statement. “Gadsden State is among the elite.”

Gadsden State was selected based on their VA approval, credit for CLEP (College Level Examination Program) and DSST (DANTES Subject Standardization Tests) exams, flexible schedules, and a full-time counselor on campus for veterans.   President Raymond W. Staats remarked, “Being recognized as a Military Friendly School® is a reflection of the strong commitment made by our faculty and staff to provide excellent services to veterans.  Prior military students bring maturity and a worldly experience to a classroom that enriches everyone.”

A commitment to serving veterans has been a priority for many years.  Gadsden State is one of only two Veteran’s Upward Bound (VUB) Programs in Alabama.  VUB is designed to motivate and assist veterans in the development of academic and other requisite skills necessary for acceptance and success in a program of postsecondary education. The program provides assessment and enhancement of basic skills through counseling, mentoring, tutoring and academic instruction in the core subject areas. The primary goal of the program is to increase the rate at which participants enroll in and complete postsecondary education programs.  “We are uniquely aware of how important these services are to those we serve. We are proud to honor their service and help prepare them for their future opportunities, added Staats.”

In 1995, initial funding from the U.S. Department of Education for the program provided services that have successfully led to refunding for five consecutive periods with the latest approval resulting in a grant of $275,153 for the budget period through August 2013. It is anticipated that the grant will be funded for a total of five years.  The grant is funded to serve 120 veterans per year.

For more information about Veterans Upward Bound at Gadsden State contact Dr. Deborah Howard at 256-549-8328 or


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