I attended Gadsden State Community College after completing my bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology at the University of Alabama. Gadsden State's program gives a hands on approach to learning about fisheries science. Along with the useful skills and information, you learn how to network with colleagues in the business. Sharing the passion for fisheries science is contagious from Dr. Hammer and the rest of the GSCC faculty. Many outreach programs and public speaking engagements made me more confident in sharing information about my field and conservation of our natural resources. I was able to leave GSCC for an internship at Tulane University neuroscience lab, in New Orleans using zebrafish. I then went on to a job at Audubon Nature Institute's Aquarium of the Americas. I work as a life support operator in the husbandry department, where my daily responsibilities stretch from maintenance of a million gallons of water and their life support, Water quality, to renovations of new exhibits, and animal husbandry. My time at Gadsden State made me a more rounded candidate for jobs in my field. I highly recommend the fisheries science program for anyone interested in the field or anyone who is looking to further their knowledge and professional network.
I'm from Mobile, Al. While at the university of Alabama, I took Hugh's marine aquaculture class at DISL. While in his class, I came to realize that aquaculture really interested me and that it was something I would like to peruse as a career. I made the decision to enroll in his program so that I could get the experience I needed to move on to either a master’s program or a career in aquaculture. The program gave me more hands on experience than I received in my four years at UA. In addition to all of the experience and knowledge I gained in the program, I was given countless opportunities to connect with people who worked for various aquaculture facilities all across the country. I know without a doubt that I would not have the job that I have now if I hadn't had the help of this program. I would definitely recommend this program to other students who are interested in this career path.
I was raised in Rockmart Georgia. I graduated from Rockmart High School. I played softball and had a few softball scholarship offers from various schools including GSCC. While I was touring the campus I noticed the Aquaculture building so I went inside. Immediately I knew that it was something I wanted to be a part of and so I accepted the scholarship and started the program in the fall of 2009. I had always had a passion for fish and water. When I was little I wanted to be a marine biologist and I knew that at GSCC I would learn about Marine Life as well as Fresh Water. It helped me build contacts, and I met so many people who had jobs, internships, and different opportunities in the field of aquaculture. And I continue to meet people today. I received a biologist position a month upon graduating and I stayed there for a year working with Aquariums and Ponds. And now because of that experience, I have a couple more opportunities this year to work in the same field. There is always a new hands on adventure around every corner it feels like. I couldn't be happier with the decision I made to join and the Aquaculture program. My high school agriculture class is planning a trip to the facility this year. Upon my graduation from the program they have asked me to give talks in their class expressing what I've learned. Now I have other people interested in the program and my high school Ag teacher wants my help in building aquaponics system in the green house at my old High school. I would absolutely recommend Hugh's class to anyone.
My name is Dylan Houston and I am from Alexandria, Alabama. I first found out about GSCC fisheries when my high school came to the hatchery on a field trip. I found out right off the bat this was what I wanted to do. I grew up on a farm, and fished all my life. I felt right at home on my visit to GSCC Fisheries. Hugh and Tim made me feel comfortable, it is very easy to fit right in. The classes Hugh will teach cover a wide variety of topics and studies. Anything and everything is covered from research to seining a pond. I left the program feeling better prepared for life. You can learn just about anything, this program can help you get the awesome job you want or just help you with everyday problems at home and through life. I would highly recommend this program to anyone. Go in with an open mind and know if you work hard each and every day then you will get where you want to go in life.
I graduated from the aquaculture program in fall 2013. My high school teacher, Stan Arington, recommended me to the program. I started at GSCC fall 2011. Through GSCC I had two out of state internships. First, I was a marketing and economics intern at University of Arkansas Pine Bluff. The second internship I worked for Aquaneering in San Diego, California. I have had great opportunities through the GSCC aquaculture and fisheries program. Currently, I am pursuing my bachelor’s degree from University of Arkansas Pine Bluff.