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Gadsden State to host ribbon cuttings on two campuses

Gadsden, Ala. – Gadsden State Community College is hosting ribbon cuttings Jan. 7 for projects on the Wallace Drive and Ayers campuses. The public is invited to attend.

The ribbon cutting for the Cheaha Center on Anniston’s Ayers Campus will be 10 a.m. Jan. 7. The addition to the Cheaha Center was completed in November and addresses the need for additional general education classes that support technical and transfer programs at Gadsden State. The addition includes eight classrooms, six offices and a 140-seat lecture hall that will double as a tornado shelter.

The ribbon cutting for Allen Hall on Gadsden’s Wallace Drive Campus will be 4 p.m. Jan. 7. Renovations to the campus’s oldest building include upgrades to the bathrooms, electrical, plumbing and heating/cooling systems. It will serve students in 22 classrooms and labs and two student gather areas. There will also be offices and reception areas. Faculty and staff moved into Allen Hall in November.

“At Gadsden State, we focus on the 3 I’s – instruction, infrastructure and institution,” said Dr. Martha Lavender, president of Gadsden State. “Our priorities are not only quality educational programming but also continuous improvement. The projects that took place at Allen Hall and the Cheaha Center improve the educational experience for our students.”

The projects – along with the construction of a new science building on the East Broad Campus in Gadsden – are the result of a $25 million bond issue approved by the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees in March 2017.

All media outlets are invited to attend the ribbon cuttings.