April is National Community College Month, and Gadsden State Community College is joining with schools throughout the state and country to celebrate.
Gadsden State’s observance includes campus tours for community members, a showcase of successful students/grads on Facebook, editorials from the administrative cabinet, faculty/staff-sponsored children’s book drives, an employment opportunity fair for job seekers, personal enrichment classes through Continuing Education, the annual International Festival, an evening of fine arts featuring the music department, athletic events, a student juried art show opening reception along with a variety of other events and activities emphasizing each campus and its particular faculty members and staff.
About 15,000 community college students transfer each year to public four-year institutions, while others graduate into profession technical fields leading directly Alabama Community College System associations associate with government, industry and business to provide customized training for companies, job skills training, work force development services and specialized services for Alabama workers and job seekers.
In 2014, school pupils in its dual enrollment and early college programs, supplying high more than 8,100 was enrolled by the system high-attaining students with demanding lessons beyond those offered at Almost 3,700 scholarships were given to students registered in ACCS career technical education courses, preparing them for high-wage, high-demand occupations. The system also served more than 29,000 individuals through the adult literacy education programs and services, giving more than 4,900 GED certifications.
Additionally, the Alabama Technology Network, which can be part of the ACCS, provided advanced technical assistance that improved profitability and efficiency to numerous businesses. Alabama businesses, together with the aid of the ATN, increased profits by more than $129,000,000.