Centre, Ala. – John Starkey, president of USPOULTRY Foundation, announced that Gadsden State Cherokee has received a grant through the Industry Education Recruitment Funding Program. The $2,300 grant is made possible by Peco Foods.
“This USPOULTRY Foundation gift is to aid in Gadsden State Cherokee’s recruiting and retention efforts for its innovative poultry science program,” Starkey said.
Gadsden State Cherokee and Auburn University are partnering to offer a 2+2 program that allows students to complete their freshman and sophomore years at Gadsden State before transferring to Auburn University for the junior and senior years. After going through the program, students will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in poultry science from Auburn.
“The poultry industry is expanding with numerous job opportunities and a high level of career advancement,” said Dr. Martha Lavender, president of Gadsden State. “This programs starts Gadsden State students on a path to a rewarding career in a world-enhancing industry. We appreciate the USPOULTRY Foundation and Peco Foods for their assistance in helping us recruit students to this innovative program.”
For more information about the 2+2 program, please call Chad Steed, Student Support Services coordinator at Gadsden State Cherokee, at 256-927-1802.
From left, Luanne Hayes, campus director of Gadsden State Cherokee; Chad Steed, Student Support Services coordinator; and Dr. Martha Lavender, president of Gadsden State, accept a $2,300 check from the US Poultry Foundation to help with recruiting and retaining students in the Gadsden State/Auburn University Poultry Science 2+2 Program.