Gadsden State and Auburn Partnership
State and local leaders gathered in Cherokee County this morning to announce a new partnership between Gadsden State Community College and Auburn University. The partnership will allow Poultry Science students to complete the first two years of their degree work at Gadsden State Cherokee before transferring to Auburn to finish their course work. Students will take all of their core classes – including introductory poultry science classes with Auburn instructors – on the Centre campus. Centre Mayor Tony Wilkie says the new program is great for his community. Senator Phil Williams and Representative Richard Lindsey were instrumental in bringing the two schools together. Senator Williams says the idea for the partnership began as an informal conversation with Auburn President Dr. Jay Gogue. Lt. Governor Kay Ivey attended the announcement this morning and spoke of the economic and developmental impact of the partnership. She also revealed that she has a soft spot for farming communities like Cherokee County. Poultry is a $15 billion industry in Alabama and represents 65 percent of the state’s annual agricultural revenue. School officials say that the new program is expected to start in 2015.