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Gadsden State Happenings in Cherokee County

Centre, Ala.— Gadsden State Cherokee has several student and community events scheduled to take place the month of November.  

Faculty, staff and students along with the Rotary Club of Centre are sponsoring a month-long food drive to benefit the Family Care Center. Food items needed include instant potatoes, dry beans, peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, Ramen noodles, rice, canned vegetables, pumpkins, meats, chili and stew. Donations may be dropped off at the lobby of Gadsden State Cherokee.  For more information, call 256-927-1808.

A Citizens Firearms Safety and Training Course will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce on the Gadsden State Cherokee campus. The course is sponsored by Sheriff Jeff Shaver and District Attorney Mike O’Dell in partnership with the College.  Topics will include accurate facts regarding Alabama firearms laws, how to safely and legally carry firearms, obtaining a concealed carry permit and hands-on safety instructions from expert instructors. The course also includes hands-on firing range experience that will be announced at a later date.  Pre-registration is required.  Call 256-927-1806 to register.

Gadsden State Cherokee faculty and staff have partnered with Youth Leadership Cherokee and the Weiss Lake Improvement Association for the Keep Cherokee Clean Trash Bash from noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 12. Along with Gadsden State Cherokee nursing students, general academic students, Baptist Campus Ministry participants and members of the Science, Math and Engineering Club, they will pick up litter along a one-mile stretch of Highway 9 North and South in front of the College. Students from all five Cherokee County high schools will also participate. The Trash Bash is being organized by Luanne Hayes, campus director, as part of the Clean Home Alabama Initiative established with the mission of Alabama’s community colleges continuing to serve its communities both inside and outside of campus walls.  Those wishing to participate in Cherokee County’s Clean Home Alabama project should register at

A student success workshop “Cupcakes and Careers” will be held at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 20 in Room 124 of the Academic Building at Gadsden State Cherokee.  Students will be guided to personalized career suggestions based on their interests using Gadsden State’s Cardinal Career Explorer software.   They will also browse careers and explore wages, employment and education requirements.  The workshop is free and is sponsored by the Advisement Resource Center and Student Support Services. For more information, call 256-549-8655.

Military veterans residing in the Cherokee, DeKalb or Marshall county area are invited to take advantage of the free services offered through the Veterans Upward Bound program.  Sessions will be from 8 a.m. to noon every Monday at the main office of the Academic Building.  VUB is a TRiO program funded 100 percent by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Enrollment at Gadsden State or any other college or university is not mandatory in order to participate.  The sessions will be ongoing monthly and continue to meet each Monday.  For more information or to confirm eligibility to receive free services, contact the VUB Office at 256-549-8328 or email