After graduating from Gadsden City High School, Patrick Welch earned his bachelor’s degree in urban environmental studies from Birmingham-Southern College and his master’s in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He then spent two years living in Nicaragua where he trained teachers and government officials in climate change adaptation and community-led project development. He now works as a climate policy analyst for the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Boston. Patrick’s job involves working to make cities around the world more equitable and resilient in the face of climate change. One piece of advice he would offer to upcoming high school graduates is to learn a foreign language. Patrick says a foreign language can open many doors professionally and personally.

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If you know a successful Gadsden City alumnus who is thriving somewhere around the world, we would love to include them in the Our Titan Family is Going Places campaign.

They can upload a short video (less than two minutes) and a photo here. The video should be an introduction of themselves, a synopsis of what they do in their career, and the coolest work-related experience they’ve had so far.

Make sure the video is between :30 and 2 minutes. The photo should be of just them with a background that reflects what they are doing in their career. They should be sure to use their name (first and last) as the file name for the photo and the video.
Along with the photo and video, they’ll need to complete the short survey here.