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Gadsden State Music Department scholarships available


Gadsden, Ala.—The Gadsden State Community College Music Department will hold auditions for the Show Band, Singers and A Cappella Choir Feb. 13, 20 and March 5. Full- or half-tuition scholarships for Fall Semester 2020 are available to Alabama residents and are awarded upon a successful audition. The Show Band, Singers and Choir perform an average of 50 performances throughout the year and rehearsals are held 4 days each week.  Students do not have to be music majors to be awarded a scholarship.  Talented and dedicated students are encouraged to audition. For further information or to schedule an audition, please contact Dr. Matt Leder, Gadsden State music director/instructor at 256-549-8394 or or contact J.T. Harrell, choir director at 256-549-8391 or


Gadsden State to host Employment Fair March 10


Gadsden, Ala.—The Office of Career Services at Gadsden State Community College will host an employment fair for  health sciences and technical majors from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 10 at Beck Conference Center on the Wallace Drive Campus. Employers and representatives of hospitals, health and rehab centers, nursing homes, area companies and colleges and universities will be in attendance at the fair.  The event is free and open to all technical education majors, health sciences majors, students, alumni and the general public. Please dress professionally and bring several copies of your résumé. Recruiters or employers interested in registering for the event should contact Career Services at or Pamela Brady at 256-549-8605.


Spring Mini II registration underway at Gadsden State


Gadsden, Ala.--Registration for the Spring Mini II term is underway through March 5 at Gadsden State Community College.  The first day of class is March 4.  Visit and click on the link to “ONEACCS” at the top of the page to begin the registration process. To be admitted, click on the “Admissions & Aid” tab then click “Apply Now.”  For more information regarding admission or registration email


Veterans Upward Bound offers free workshops


Gadsden, Ala.— Gadsden State’s Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program will host Tech Tuesday BYOD: Learn to use iPad/iPod Touch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Ayers Campus Learning Resource Center and Beck Field House on the Wallace Drive Campus.  The workshop will offer assistance in learning to use the latest technology devices.


A financial literacy workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Feb. 18 at Beck Field House. The workshop will provide assistance in developing effective ways of budgeting, spending and taking control of finances.  Both workshops are free to eligible military veterans.  Please RSVP to 256-549-8204.


For more information or to see if you are eligible to receive free services to help you continue your education, call 256-549-8286/8328 or email  VUB is funded 100 percent by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and enrollment at Gadsden State or any other college or university is not mandatory in order to participate. 


Gadsden State offers photography workshop


Gadsden, Ala.--Gadsden State Community College’s Continuing Education Department is offering “Learn to take Pictures,” a three-day photography workshop.  Getting to Know Your Camera will be Feb. 18; Taking the Perfect Photo will meet Feb. 25 and Lighting and Photo Assignment will be March 3.  All sessions will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  in Room 115 of the Joe Ford Center on the East Broad Campus. Participants must bring their own camera. The fee is $60 per person for the entire three-day workshop. For more information, call 256-549-8462 or email  To register, visit


DMS Program to hold informational meetings


Gadsden, Ala.— The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Gadsden State Community College will hold three Informational meetings for prospective students during the spring semester.  Those interested must complete all prerequisites and attend one of mandatory meetings.  All meetings will be held in DMS Room #1 in Prater Hall on the Valley Street Campus in Gadsden on the following dates and times:


  • Feb. 5 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Mar. 13 at 9 a.m.
  • Apr. 13 at 5:15 p.m.


Please visit the DMS page on Gadsden State’s website at and click the REGISTER HERE link.  Upon completion of the program, students will receive an Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.


Gadsden State hosts student success workshops


Gadsden, Ala.--Gadsden State Community College is hosting free workshops focusing on student health and student success.  “Taking Care of Me Matters” will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Cain Learning Resource Center on the Ayers Campus  and from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Inzer Student Center Breezeway on the Wallace Drive Campus.  


“It is our mission to provide the tools our students need to have a successful academic career,” said Dr. Dana Davis, director of Advising at Gadsden State.  “This workshop is designed to promote mental and physical health, wellness and awareness.  Students are encouraged to participate in this free event and visit with the multiple vendors to take advantage of the resources they provide to our community.” 


Vendors from various agencies including Health Services, CED Mental Health Center, 2nd Chance Domestic Violence Shelter, Highlands Health, United Way, Alabama Public Health, Village Counseling, Alabama Department of Public Health, Etowah Pregnancy Testing Center, RAM Free Medical and the Jacksonville State University Social Work Program will be on hand to provide information concerning access to counseling services, financial counseling, legal services, domestic violence and healthcare.


The workshops are sponsored by the Advisement Resource Center and Student Support Services.  For more information, call 256-549-8655 or 256-835-5465.


Gadsden State study abroad in France 2020


Gadsden, Ala. — Gadsden State’s Fine Arts Department is hosting a 10-day trip to France as part of a study abroad program. Students may enroll in the accompanying ART 109 class for college credit. Limited space is available for those in the community who would like to go on the trip. The trip, scheduled for June 15-24, is $4,305 for those under 30 years old. Travelers who are 30 and over will pay $4,625 and receive a room upgrade. Pricing includes roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations, bus and train transportation, regional cuisine, breakfast daily and local guided tours.  Those interested in the trip to France can visit or contact Gallardo at Registration is currently taking place at the link for a $95 deposit. Registration is also available by phone at 877-485-4184.