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Gadsden State Skills Training Division recognizes program graduates

Gadsden, Alabama – The vocational training division of Gadsden State Community College has recognized students who complete the Medication Assistant program.

Gadsden State began offering the training program in April with six students completing the first class. These students have now also received their certification to work as medication assistants. These include Doris Boyd, Shanice Davis, LaDreaka Phillips, and Lurena Wills, all of Anniston; Shokira Ledford from Gadsden and Christy Baker from Oxford.

The second graduating class of the program recognized in September includes De’Aundra Foster, Kara Griffin, Kaylin Ogg, Marissa Smith, Dana Ruiz, all of Anniston; Cleburne’s Baleigh Clay; Ariette Fomby of Gadsden; Elaura Tant from Glencoe; Janelle Thomas, Brylee Wells, Dieren Weeks-Kadir, all of Jacksonville; Jessica Adams of Lineville; Melissa Johnson of Muscadine and Tiffany Morrissey, Philana Russell, both of Oxford.

“We are proud of these graduates and all of the students in our various programs who have chosen to upgrade their skills, learn new skills or become better trained employees,” said Baisha Woody, Director of Skills Training. “Gadsden State is fortunate and delighted to be able to offer short-term, credit-free training through the Skills Training Center to help meet the needs of our community. The Center offers a hands-on approach to give students the experience they need to be valuable employees.

The Medication Assistant program, designed to be completed in four weeks, prepares students to administer routine medications to patients in nursing facilities, assisted living environments, and more.

For more information on the different programs offered by the Gadsden State Vocational Training Division, contact Woody at or visit