Calhoun’s EMT and Paramedic Programs Team Up With Local First Responders for Mock Disaster Drill on the Tennessee River

The Calhoun Community College Health Sciences Division has teamed up with the Coast Guard, state and local first responders to conduct a boating mock casualty drill on the Tennessee River. The drill will take place on Thursday, September 24, from 9:15 a.m. through 10:30 a.m. at mile marker 305 to the west of the Route 31 (Captain William J Hudson Memorial) bridge. Drills will also be conducted at the Decatur Harbor Marina adjacent to this bridge.

Calhoun’s Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedic programs will be involved in the drill and the faculty members of those programs will oversee the student’s participation. According to Tyler Mosely, Calhoun’s Emergency Medical Services Program Director, there will be multiple medical service agencies involved in the drill, which will make the training more realistic for the location and scenario. The drill will provide the students with working knowledge of local EMS systems and provide them with an example of the National Incident Management System, which is the framework used in large scale emergencies around the nation.

Calhoun Unveils New Esports Gaming Studio

Today, the Calhoun Community College Athletics Division unveiled one of its brand new esports gaming competition studios located in Noble Russell, room 115 on the College’s Decatur campus. The second studio is located in the Sparkman building, room 141 on the Huntsville campus. The studios will be the home to the seven members of Calhoun’s Esports team.

Calhoun’s maintenance department began working on the new facility before to the pandemic, and was able to complete it in May. The NJCAA has kicked-off the Esports Gaming Pre-Season and Calhoun’s team will compete later today at 5:00 pm. Competitions will take place in both studios as the team will play Rocket League and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. “We don’t know who our team will compete against as the competitions are open to any two-year school that is a member of the NJCAA Esports Association,” commented Casey Knighten, Calhoun Esports Coach. “Our team could play against students in California or even New York, it all depends on who we are matched with by the NJCAA,” added Knighten.

According to Knighten, the pre-season is just for fun and is a great platform for new gamers to become comfortable competing on collegiate level. “We are excited to see our gaming facility come to fruition as well as to see students on campus having fun in some form or fashion,” commented Dr. Burke, Calhoun’s Interim President. “We hope the incorporation of this new facility will attract more students, as well as increase their engagement with the College,” he added.

“The studios are equipped with gaming chairs and monitors,” commented Wes Harris, Calhoun Esports Coach. “At this time, students are assigned to a gaming station and will use that station as well as their personal headsets and controllers throughout the season,” added Harris. The College is adhering to strict health protocols and measures to ensure all gamers are safe. After the use of each gaming station, the College’s janitorial staff will

sanitize the entire area. Gamers also have access to hand sanitizer in the studio and will adhere to social distancing while competitions are being conducted.

Calhoun will compete in the NJCAA’s regular esports gaming season, which is set to begin in October. The team will compete on Tuesdays, with its first tournament being held on October 6 on both campuses.

For students interested in competing and joining Calhoun’s Esports Gaming Team, visit

Calhoun Assists to Train Next Generation of Systems Engineers

Calhoun Collaborates With Engineer Researchers to Develop New Curriculum That Trains the Next Generation of Systems Engineers

Program backed by a coalition of researchers and industry to address future digital engineering workforce needs in areas of defense, aerospace and manufacturing.

Researchers from the Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering have partnered with Calhoun Community College, Huntsville-based Victory Solutions and the newly-created Institute for Digital Engineering Advancement, IDEA, to utilize a $500,000 award from the Department of Defense to develop a digital engineering curriculum to educate the next generation of systems engineers. The award represents year one of a five-year grant totaling $9.9 million.

Development and implementation of the Systems Engineering Technology Program, SET, will be led by Auburn Engineering associate professor Greg Harris and assistant professor Greg Purdy, both of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering; James Payne, dean of the business and computer information systems division at Calhoun Community College; David Alan Smith, senior vice president of Victory Solutions; and Chris Crumbly, future executive director of IDEA, which will launch in early 2021.

“Our SET curriculum will prepare a workforce of systems engineers equipped with the digital engineering skills necessary to enable future U.S. technology development,” Harris said. “Systems are much more complex today and there is a great demand for systems engineers from organizations such as the Department of Defense, NASA and the Department of Energy. The SET program will address this demand and establish a workforce pipeline to enable trained systems engineers to make an impact.”

The curriculum will be geared toward a two-year community college degree to appeal to graduating high school students and career transitioning professionals, including returning veterans, and ultimately be applicable toward a higher-level degree. It will feature a strong focus on exposure to various industries with a need for systems engineers and will emphasize internship opportunities for program participants to gain hands-on experience.

“It’s imperative, on both economic and national security grounds, that we identify and achieve efficiency gains in our engineering and product development processes,” Payne said. “People looking to start a technical career in the Huntsville area will find this program to be a promising addition to the opportunities Calhoun already offers. We look forward to building this program from the ground up and establishing it as a nationwide standard.”

Students in the program will have direct access to prominent companies in the aerospace and manufacturing industry in the form of guest lectures and other involvement, including SET partner Victory Solutions.

“We identified a critical U.S. industrial base skill gap: a quickly available workforce trained to support engineers in digital modeling,” Smith said.

Ultimately, the vision of the researchers and industry partners involved in bringing the SET program to fruition is to provide a national collaborative center in the form of the nonprofit IDEA, where best practices and solutions in digital engineering and manufacturing will be identified, shared and recommended.

“IDEA will introduce the SET concept to community college systems across the nation and remain as a subject matter expert to support education and connect organizations with experts, graduates and interns,” Crumbly said.

Harris expects high demand for the program, especially from students in north Alabama.

“Auburn Engineering students are already highly desired by the Department of Defense, the U.S. Army and NASA. Our industry partners are already talking to us about how they can get involved. I’m excited for the opportunities this will open up for our students,” he said.

About the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University has a long and rich tradition of excellence in engineering education, consistently ranking among the top engineering institutions in the country. Auburn University is a nationally ranked land grant institution recognized for its commitment to world-class scholarship, interdisciplinary research with an elite, top-tier Carnegie R1 classification and an undergraduate education experience second to none. Auburn is home to more than 30,000 students, and its faculty and research partners collaborate to develop and deliver meaningful scholarship, science and technology-based advancements that meet pressing regional, national and global needs.

Calhoun President Receives Recognition From Alabama Senate

Calhoun Interim President, Dr. Joe Burke, received recognition for his outstanding leadership at the College from Alabama Senators Tom Butler, Steve Livingston and Arthur Orr on behalf of the Alabama Senate. Burke was presented with an official resolution certificate in the presence of the Calhoun College Foundation Board and Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Board Trustee, Crystal Brown on Friday.

Selected to serve as interim president in 2018 by Jimmy H. Baker, ACCS Chancellor, Burke has successfully led the College for the last two years. During his presidency, he has accomplished a plethora of achievements, with one of his very first being his announcement to restart Calhoun’s athletics program. His goal was to not only bring the program back permanently but to also generate more sports options and opportunities to the athletics division of the College.

Under his leadership, Calhoun’s Huntsville campus expanded with a new state of the art nursing simulation lab, which derived from a workforce development grant on behalf of Alabama Governor Kay Ivey for 1 million dollars. Calhoun received an in-kind contribution from Huntsville Hospital Systems to design, renovate and equip existing space dedicated to nursing. Burke celebrated this milestone by hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new lab, which increased the College’s nursing graduates by 48 percent annually. His guidance also allowed students a once in a lifetime opportunity to refurbish the reclaimed Lunar Rover in partnership with the United States Space and Rocket Center, as well as the College’s Advanced Manufacturing Program to rank number one in the nation.

“This resolution is extremely well deserved and timely for Dr. Joe Burke,” commented Orr. “This community has felt and witnessed the inspirational leadership he provides daily and what better way to thank him for his dedicated service to the students of Calhoun and this community, than with this an official resolution on behalf of the Senate of Alabama,” he added.

“It’s not too often you hear people say they have the opportunity to do what they love every day,” commented Dr. Joe Burke. “I feel fortunate to say that over 30 years having served as an instructor, counselor, vice president and now interim president, that I am doing exactly what I love and that is to change lives through education,” he added.

Before serving at Calhoun, Dr. Burke served as Vice President and Dean of Instruction at Northeast Alabama Community College, a position he held for 11 years.

Read the Complete Resolution

Pictured in photo below from L to R:

Alabama Senator Arthur Orr; Alabama Community College System Board Trustee, Crystal Brown; Calhoun Interim President, Dr. Joe Burke; and Alabama Senator Tom Butler

Calhoun’s Career Services Team Takes Its Manufacturing Job Fair Virtual This Fall

The Calhoun Community College Career Services team will be hosting its first Virtual Manufacturing Job Fair on Tuesday, September 22, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. This free event will be held through Blackboard Collaborate and is open to Calhoun students, graduates, as well as the public.

“Although we are still battling this pandemic, we are still adamant about serving our employer partners, students, alumni, and community members,” commented Kelli Morris, Calhoun’s Director of Career Services. “This is a new endeavor for us, and we feel this virtual job fair is one more way we can continue to safely support our community,” added Morris.

According to Dr. Patricia Wilson, Calhoun’s Vice President of Student Services, several employers (listed below) are already registered to participate. The goal of this event is to provide a virtual opportunity for job seekers to network and explore current and upcoming job openings safely. Employers that are participating in the event are seeking to fill part-time and full-time vacancies.

Although the event is virtual, job seekers are encouraged to dress for success and have their current resume readily available. Pre-registration is required and job seekers should register at

For more information about this event, please contact Calhoun’s Career Services department at

All media inquiries must contact Calhoun’s Public Relations team at 256-306-2560 or at 256-306-2965.

Employers currently participating in the job fair: (list is subject to change)

  • AI Signal Research, Inc. (ASRI)
  • BASF
  • Buffalo Rock
  • Constellium
  • E-Technologies Group
  • GE Appliances
  • HDT Global
  • Kelly Services
  • MatchFIT
  • Mazda Toyota Manufacturing
  • Onin Staffing
  • Oral Arts Dental Laboratories
  • PMG, Inc.
  • Sonoco Reels and Plugs
  • Wayne Farms
  • Y-Tec Keylex Toyotetsu Alabama (YKTA)

Student Art Show Gallery

Calhoun Community College 2020 Student Art Show

The Show that Almost Wasn’t

This show is running September 2-17, 2020 in the ACA Main Gallery. Pieces that are available for purchase are labeled with their price. To inquire about purchasing, contact Jennifer Bunnell.

Student Success Symposium

12th Annual Student Success Symposium: The Road to Student Success


Featuring Speakers:

  • Lexandra Lutz – Calhoun Student
  • Trish DiLullo – Calhoun Alumnus
  • Logan Smith – Calhoun Staff

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Calhoun Launches New Nationally Accredited Logistics Training Programs

The Calhoun Community College Adult Education department, through a statewide partnership with the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC), has launched two certified logistics training programs and is now accepting applications. The pilot programs are free to those who qualify and includes training for Foundation-level Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) and Certified Logistics Technician (CLT).

According to Mindi Russell, Calhoun’s Acting Adult Education Director, the programs are taught in two levels and combine interactive, online training with instructor-led material to assist individuals in learning the basic skills and knowledge required for jobs in the logistics field. The first level of training is the CLA program, which provides students with an understanding of the various roles in the global supply chain logistics life cycle, the logistics environment, as well as how to operate and use equipment safely. The second part of training is the CLT program, which is a nationally portable, industry-led program that prepares individuals for front-line material handling and supply chain logistics jobs in fulfillment centers, warehouses, distribution centers, and factories.

“This online training program includes a stackable certification for those who complete the program successfully. It also provides participants with the skillset needed for long-term careers in over 5.8 million supply chain logistics jobs,” added Russell. “There is a growing demand for certified logisticians across the nation, and Calhoun has answered the call by offering a nationally accredited and federally recognized certified training program to fill this industry gap,” commented Dr. Joe Burke, Calhoun Interim President.

For more information, contact Calhoun’s Adult Education Department at 256-307-2830 or 256-890-4793. You may also sign up online at