GADSDEN, Ala. (WAFF) – On Monday, Gadsden Community College appointed Dr Janekia Mitchell as its new Dean of Student Services.
Dr. Mitchell previously worked for Gadsden State as an Outreach Advisor for Upward Bound, a federal TRIO program that provides foundational support to high school students as they prepare for college.
In 2007, Dr. Mitchell was appointed Title III Outreach Advisor at Gadsden State’s Vally Street Campus, it is the only campus in the area to have the designation of a historically black college or university. (HBCU).
“I am proud of my time at our HBCU campus, not only because of the education and services they provide to students, but also because I was a legacy on this campus,” she said. . “My grandmother, Claudia King, taught cosmetology on campus in the 1960s, when it was Gadsden Vocational Trade School.”
A year later, Dr. Mitchell moved into the field of Student Services Guidance and Counseling as an Academic Advisor. In 2016, Dr. Mitchell was appointed Director of Residence Life at Gadsden State.
After 16 years at Gadsden State, Mitchell moved to Emma Sansom Middle School of the Gadsden City School System as a student counselor.
In her new role, Dr. Mitchell’s goals are to increase enrollment, provide an environment that encourages a diverse student body, and form community partnerships and relationships.
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