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Gadsden State Skills Training Division grant recipient

Gadsden, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention is joining local and state leaders to present a check in the amount of $2,028,600 to local grantee organizations in Alabama’s Fourth Congressional District. The Skills Training Division at Gadsden State Community College is one of those grant recipients. The check presentation will be Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. in the Alabama State House in Montgomery.

The Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, also known as the Children’s Trust Fund, provides annual funding to programs across the state dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

“The Department looks forward each year to participating in our annual district check presentations,” said Sallye Longshore, director of the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention.  “These community-based entities implement evidence-based programs to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect in Alabama.”

Baisha Woody, director of the Skills Training Division at Gadsden State, said the division partners with the Children’s Trust Fund to offer programs funded through the Strengthening Families through Workforce Development Fatherhood Initiative grant.

“The Skills Training Division offers programs that can upgrade skills to develop better-trained employees,” Woody said. “It also serves as a good resource for entry-level hiring needs of local business and industry.”

For more information on the various programs offered through Gadsden State’s Skills Training Division contact Woody at or visit

Other district grant recipients include Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Shoals Inc., Child Advocacy Center of Marshall County, Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama, Etowah County Commission, Family Services of North Alabama, Family Success Center of Etowah County Inc., Gadsden City Schools, Shepherd's Cove, James M. Barrie Center for Children, Sheffield City Schools, The Link of Cullman County Inc., The Maker's Child, The SAM Foundation, United Cerebral Palsy of Northwest Alabama, Jasper Area Family Services Center Inc. and United Way's Success By 6. 

About the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention: The Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect, a state agency founded in 1983, secures resources to fund evidence-based community programs committed to preventing child abuse and neglect. The agency advocates for children, supports community efforts to find new and effective solutions for preventing child abuse before it occurs and strengthening Alabama families to prevent this tragedy in the future.