Gadsden State Community College, located in Gadsden, Alabama, was established through the merger of several institutions, the first of which was founded in 1925 and was known as the Alabama School of Trades, the first of its kind in the southern United States, and is currently the East Broad Campus of the college. The second was the Gadsden Vocational Trade School which began operation in 1960, identified as a historically black college in 1997 and currently Valley Street Campus. Gadsden State Junior College was formed in 1965 and is now the Wallace Drive Campus. These schools were combined in 1985 by the Alabama State Board of Education. The Harry M. Ayers State Trade School came into being in 1962 and became the Harry M. Ayers Campus through merger in 2003. The college also operates several learning centers in addition to its main campuses. Gadsden State Community College is dedicated to providing the a quality education to residents of its service area, updating programs and facilities as needed to modernize and meet the demands of its student base.
Gadsden State Community College offers a variety of programs that result in either a certificate or degree, and take between one and two years to complete. The large number of programs allows students to choose a program that best meets their needs and future goals. Technical and career programs provide the necessary training and education in a specific field that allows for the development of skills and abilities required to enter the workforce as a qualified professional. These programs are generally reflective of community needs, and are usually in high demand. Individuals who complete a career training program will earn a degree or certificate which demonstrates competency and allows for entry level employment.
Academic transfer programs track allows students to complete the freshman and sophomore years of a four year education. Once complete the student will submit an application to a four year college or university to transfer earned credits and complete one's bachelor's degree. Students should meet with a counselor to discuss a curriculum that best reflect the transfer requirements necessary for the student's desired school or schools.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Gadsden State Community College is a public, two year, open enrollment institution. Any individual interested in enrollment may do so by completing the application for admission and payment of tuition. Students must supply previous transcripts and test scores and may be required to take a placement exam. Students may also visit new student orientation in order to familiarize themselves with campus life. It is also recommended students meet with an academic advisor to discuss program enrollment and curriculum.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), information from which will be used to determine the student's financial needs and aid program eligibility. Aid must be reapplied for prior to the start of each academic year.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $4,700. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Tuition estimates per year:
- State Residents: $3,500-$4,100
- Out-of-State: $6,900-$8,280
- Charges per unit:
- State Residents: $120-$140 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $230-$280 per credit unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||87%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||83%||$5,569|
|Receiving Student Loans||2%||$4,607|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help support students, Gadsden State Community College may provide services like those listed below:
- Online course work available
- Classes offered on nights and weekends
- Remedial courses
- Academic counseling for students
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Helping students find work after graduation
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Community colleges often times offer both career training courses and curriculum to help students transfer out to a 4-year college or university, that is why we include how this school compares for both graduation and transfer rates against other community colleges in Etowah County and community colleges in Alabama in total.
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Massage Therapy & Bodywork Program
- Accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (since 2014)
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1984)
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- Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 2011)
- Radiology Technician Program
- Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1971)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Gadsden State Community College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Personal and Culinary Services
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Gadsden State Community College.
- Snead State Community College in Boaz, AL (17 miles away)
- Northeast Alabama Community College in Rainsville, AL (35 miles away)
- Wallace State Community College - Hanceville in Hanceville, AL (45 miles away)
- Georgia Highlands College in Rome, GA (46 miles away)
- Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, AL (48 miles away)