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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 (ACCS), is joining with community colleges across the state and nation to celebrate.  The ACCS is the state’s single largest system of public higher education and is Alabama’s most affordable and accessible system of higher education.

The 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 2013, the Alabama Community College System enrolled nearly 150,000 credit students in its academic and career technical education programs;  enrolled more than 7,200 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 25,000 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 and April 1 will kick-off  community drives on all six campuses for donations of needed items for various charities located in Calhoun, Cherokee, and Etowah counties.  Faculty, staff, students, and community members are invited to “Cram the GSCC Van”  at college events during the month and at various campus locations through April 30.

The Ayers Campus and McClellan Center will be collecting canned food, male/female personal hygiene items, and diapers in support of Community Enabler Developer— the nonprofit organization that provides food, clothing, and utility assistance to Calhoun County residents.  “Cram the GSCC Van” at the M*A*S*H Day student events on April 1 at the McClellan Center or April 2 at the Ayers Campus from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Additional donated items will be accepted throughout the month and may be dropped off at designated offices in the administration buildings on both campuses.

“Cram the GSCC Van”  at G-Day on April 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. as the East Broad and Valley Street campuses collect cleaning and office supplies for Family Success Center while the Wallace Drive Campus collects non-perishable food items for 13th Place.  The Family Success Center provides support and education to residents of Etowah County who may be experiencing crisis or difficulties at home, at school, or on the job.  The 13th Place program serves as a home for youth who are in need of a safe, home-like environment on a long-term basis.   Additional items may be dropped off at the East Broad and Valley Street campus administration buildings anytime during the month.  Beck Field House and Inzer Student Center will serve as additional drop-off locations for the Wallace Drive Campus.

Everyone in Cherokee County can “Cram the GSCC Van” on April 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. as Gadsden State Cherokee collects “therapy supplies” for the Cherokee County Child Advocacy Center.  The Center’s mission is to ensure that a multi-disciplinary team act in partnership to deliver comprehensive services to meet the needs of child victims of sexual and severe physical abuse and their family members.   Contact Luanne Hayes at 256-927-1805 or lhayes@gadsdenstate.edu for a list of items needed.  Additional items may be dropped off at the campus administration building throughout the month.

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

Activities during the month include the following:

 1          Cardinal Softball vs. Wallace-Hanceville, Gadsden Sports Complex(Meighan Blvd.), 2:00 p.m.

M*A*S*H at McClellan & C.A.R.E. FAIR 2014:  “Cram the GSCC Van” with Canned foods, diapers, & personal hygiene items for Community Enabler Developer, 10 am – 1 pm

2          College Access Day for prospective students

M*A*S*H at Ayers Campus: “Cram the GSCC Van” with Canned foods, diapers, & personal hygiene items for Community Enabler Developer, 10 am – 1 pm

3          Xtreme Cherokee:  Rock Hard-Rock Steady, 10 am – 1 pm

4          GED Registration for Morning Classes:  Brown Hall, 2nd floor, 8:00 a.m. (Every 1st & 3rd Friday)

5          Cardinal Softball vs. Chattahoochee Valley, Gadsden Sports Complex(Meighan Blvd.), 2:00 p.m.

6          Cardinal Softball vs. Georgia Highlands, Gadsden Sports Complex(Meighan Blvd.), 2:00 p.m.

8          Honors Day 2014: McClellan Center Auditorium, 2:00 p.m.

Brown Bag Lunch: Something Cool in Math & Science, McClellan Library, 12:30 pm

9          Honors Day 2014: Gadsden-Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center, 10:00 a.m.

Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony: Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center, 6:00 p.m.

GED Registration for Evening Classes:  Brown Hall, 2nd floor, 5-8:00 p.m. (Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday)

10        Veteran’s Upward Bound Resume Writing/Interview Skills Workshop, Inzer Hall, 11:00 a.m.

YLCC Gadsden State/Technology & Career Day, 8 am, Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce

Karaoke Coffee House:  Cherokee Community Meeting Room, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

11        Etowah County Career Fair, 8:00 a.m. – Noon

International Festival 2014:  “Boldly Go”, Gadsden Convention Hall, Doors open @ 4:00 p.m.

11-12   Cherokee County Home & Garden Show, Cherokee Arena

12        Cardinal Softball vs. Itawamba, Gadsden Sports Complex(Meighan Blvd.), 2:00 p.m.

13        Cardinal Softball vs. Shelton State,Gadsden Sports Complex(Meighan Blvd.), 2:00 p.m.

15        C.A.R.E. Fair 2014: Inzer Hall Breezeway/Wallace Drive Campus, 10: 00 a.m.  – Noon

Brown Bag Lunch: This Day in History & Literature, McClellan Library, 12:30 pm

Cardinal Softball vs. Snead State, Gadsden Sports Complex(Meighan Blvd.), 2:00 p.m.

16        Spring Employment Opportunity Fair, East Broad Campus, 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Explore Tech 2014, Ayers Campus, 8 am – Noon

College Access Day for Prospective Students

17        G-Day 2014:  Gadsden State Hunger Games, 10 am – 2 pm, “Cram the GSCC Van” with non-perishable food items for 13th Place & cleaning/office supplies for the Family

Success Center

Cardinal Softball vs. Calhoun Community College, Gadsden Sports Complex(Meighan Blvd.), 2:00 p.m.

Weiss Lake Improvement Association Water Festival for Cherokee County Elementary Schools, Gadsden State Cherokee Arena

21        Priority Registration for Summer 2014

21-24   SGA Officer Elections for 2014-2015

22        Regular Online Registration for Summer 2014

            “Tuesday Topics at McClellan”:  Becky Helton of NHC on Elder Care, 12:30 p.m.

23        Administrative Professionals Day

Veteran’s Upward Bound Resume Writing/Interview Skills Workshop, Ayers Campus LRC, 11:00 a.m.

Science Department presents Charles Woosley (Harrison School of Pharmacy/Auburn University), Browder Hall, 11:30 am

24        Cardinal Softball vs Marion, Gadsden Sports Complex(Meighan Blvd.), 2:00 p.m.

National Society of Leadership & Success Induction Ceremony, Browder Hall Auditorium, 6 pm

25        McClellan Bookworms:  The Interestings by Meg Worlitzer, McClellan Center Library, 10:00 a.m.

29        “Cram the GSCC Van” with Therapy Supplies for Cherokee County Child Advocacy Center, Gadsden

State Cherokee, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Call 256-927-1805 for a list of items needed)

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