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Jump Start

Gadsden State Community College’s Adult Education Services is offering a new summer program for students planning to attend college this fall. There is no cost to the student.

The program called “Jump Start College Preparation” is for students needing intensive instruction to improve math and English skills.

“College readiness is important for students of all ages,” said Dr. Karen Blythe-Smith, director of Adult Education Services. “The Jump Start Program will enhance their skills so they are successful in college-level math and English courses.”

In January, the Alabama Department of Education released standardized test scores of students in public schools. Among Alabama high school juniors, 44.2 percent were scored as being proficient in math while 43.3 percent were proficient in English. In Gadsden State’s service area, the average percentage of students proficient in English is 37.5 percent. The average proficiency in math is 40.1 percent.

“We still have a lot of students in our area who do not test as ‘proficient’ in math and English, and we want to help them improve those skills so that they attain their educational goals at Gadsden State,” Blythe-Smith said.

Jump Start classes begin June 10 and end July 25. They will be held from 8 a.m. to noon every Monday through Thursday in Ralls Hall in the East Broad Campus in Gadsden and the Adult Education Building on the Ayers Campus in Anniston.

“These free classes are designed for students ages 17 and up who want to be college-ready,” she said. “We welcome both traditional and non-traditional students.

For more information, call 256-549-8357 or 256-439-6957. Emails may be sent to