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Gadsden State to host training in food and beverage services

Gadsden, Ala. — Gadsden State Community College’s Skills Training Division is hosting free training in food and beverage services through the Alabama Community College System’s Innovation Center.

“The ACCS Innovation Center brings together the community colleges, business and industry and community partners to provide training in the state’s most in-demand career fields,” said Baisha Woody, director of the Skills Training Division. “We previously provided skid steer training for the construction field. Now, we are focusing on ‘front of the house’ jobs and duties in the hospitality and tourism field.”

Food and beverage services training is being offered on a virtual platform beginning Aug. 1. Virtual training should take a student six to eight hours and must be completed by Aug. 12. An in-person lab will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Cardinal Café on Gadsden State’s Wallace Drive Campus. It will be conducted by Linda Griffin, manager of Cardinal Café, which is the College’s cafeteria for students and employees.

“Linda is well-versed and experienced in the food industry,” Woody said. “She will provide hands-on experience in food safety, management principles, cooking techniques and customer service. It’s a great benefit for the students to get insight and training from a professional like Linda.”

Students who would like to participate in the course but do not have access to a computer or internet may utilize the Skills Training Computer Lab located on the second floor of the Administration Building on the East Broad Campus. Please call 256.549.8640 for scheduling.

Those interested in registering for the free program should email Class size is limited so early registration is encouraged. For more information about Skills Training programs, solutions and resources, visit