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April is Community College Month

April is National Community College Month and Gadsden State, a member institution of the Alabama Community College System, is joining with community colleges across the state and nation to celebrate.  The Alabama

Community College System (ACCS) provides a broad array of educational services for hundreds of thousands of individuals, meeting diverse and changing local needs and fulfilling a vital function within their service areas.  The System enrolls more than half of all freshman and sophomores in Alabama.  Approximately 15,000 of these students transfer each year to public four-year institutions while others graduate into career technical fields leading directly to employment.  The ACCS includes technical colleges, Marion Military Institute, and the Alabama Technology Network.

In 2012, the Alabama Community College System enrolled nearly 150,000 credit students in its academic and career technical education programs;  enrolled more than 7,500 high school students in its dual enrollment and early college programs providing high-achieving students with rigorous courses beyond those offered at the secondary level;  partnered with business, industry and government,  to provide customized training, job skills training, and workforce development services for more than 106,000 Alabama workers and job seekers; provided specialized services and training for more than 1,200 companies, and served more than 24,000 individuals through the adult literacy education programs and services provided for those 16 and older who do not have a high school diploma or GED.

Community Colleges provide access to low-income, racially/ethnically diverse, and first generation college students, and others who would not otherwise be college bound. The ACCS remains committed to public service and works daily to help individuals reach their personal goals, and in the process, helps build communities and contribute to the economic development of the communities in its service areas.

“We Care” is the theme for Gadsden State’s annual observance of Community College Month as faculty, staff, and students participate in campus drives kicking-off the festivities.  All six campuses are accepting office supply donations to benefit the children’s advocacy centers in Calhoun, Cherokee, and Etowah counties.  Psi Beta students will be collecting blankets, socks, snacks, and bottled water for Project Homeless Connect.  Therapeutic Massage Program students will conduct clinics and provide massages at a cost of $25 an hour.  The Valley Street Campus Library is highlighting Autism Awareness month and the entire campus will “Light it Up Blue” on April 2 for World Autism Awareness Day.  The Southern Belle Dancers, Show Band, and Choir will perform at local schools and community events throughout the month and proclamations recognizing April as Community College Month will be presented by county officials within the College’s service areas.

Visit “News & Events” on the Gadsden State home page or get more event information at http://www.gadsdenstate.edu/calendar/.  Contact the Director of Public Relations and Marketing at 256-549-8224 or kaysmith@gasdsdenstate.edu  for more information on these events.

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