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Etowah County Career Fair & Explore Tech 2014

Etowah County Career Fair April 11

Gadsden State will host an Etowah County Career Fair on April 11, from 8:00 a.m. to noon in Beck Field House on the Wallace Drive Campus. Juniors and seniors from area schools are invited, and over 1,000 students are expected to attend.  The event will provide an opportunity for the students to explore various careers of interest.

The students will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from dozens of different careers, including banking, automotive manufacturing, construction, radio, news reporting, nursing, electrical engineering, police work, and many more. Each representative will talk with students one-on-one or in small groups about their profession and answer questions concerning their work.  Some representatives will have displays and handouts which include other instructional materials.

Student participates in Job Shadowing event

Student participates in Job Shadowing event

Matt Burttram, Gadsden State career coach, said “Our goal is to expose students to as many career opportunities as possible. Many times they see and consider only the popular ‘go-to’ careers and don’t stop to realize that there are numerous high-wage careers in demand that might interest them.” For further information, contact Marian Haynie at 256-439-6861 or



Explore Tech 2014 at Ayers Campus April 16

Gadsden State Community College will hold the 9th Annual Explore Tech Day on the Ayers Campus April 16 from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Explore Tech gives high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to experience a day as a college student studying in a career-technical field in which they have an interest. During the morning session students receive information about financial aid, student support services, and other college-related topics. Students will later join Gadsden State students and instructors in one of the career-technical disciplines such as welding, cosmetology, industrial automation, and automotive manufacturing technology. The Explore Tech experience is more in-depth than a typical campus tour because students spend the majority of their time immersed in a specific technical program.

Students will be allowed to take part in classes as if they were already enrolled and participate in projects to acquire hands-on experience with the profession. Each student will be paired with a college student already studying in that field, who will act as a mentor for the day. Their constant access to these mentors will provide unique opportunities to ask more detailed questions.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Laura Swann, career coach at Gadsden State, states that one of the biggest challenges for high school students is determining what college and career path to take.  “Students who attend Explore Tech Day are able to make more informed decisions regarding career options as they gain first-hand knowledge about the program of their choice. The student benefits from the experience whether they decide to pursue a career in the program that they explore or realize it wasn’t quite what they were looking for.”

For more information about Explore Tech Day, contact Marian Haynie at 256-439-6861 or



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