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Calhoun and Athens State Announce Funding for Multi-Million Dollar Residence Hall

November 19, 2020

Governor Kay Ivey announced Thursday, November 19, 2020 the Alabama Center for the Arts, jointly operated by Calhoun Community College and Athens State University, has been awarded $15 million in funding to build a new residence hall in downtown Decatur. Funding for the project is included in the Public School and College Authority (PSCA) Bond issue, which is intended for public schools to use toward construction, safety improvement, or technology upgrades.

With the goal of attracting students and increasing enrollment, Senator Arthur Orr presented the student housing proposal to the Governor in January. “We heard about the need for student housing from the department chairs at both colleges and are grateful to Gov. Ivey for helping us address this need. Being able to offer student housing will provide a tremendous impact on the ACA and its future growth,” commented Orr. “I appreciate Calhoun and Athens State for being prepared to take the ACA to the next level through this endeavor,” he added.

Students attending the Alabama Center for the Arts are able to complete an Associate degree from Calhoun Community College and continue with Athens State University to attain a bachelor’s degree, creating a seamless experience at the Alabama Center for the Arts.

“We are very pleased and excited that this funding will enable us to provide living space for our fine arts students as well as some of our student athletes who are from other areas of the state and region. We are grateful to Senator Orr and Governor Ivey for this significant help to serve our students,” commented Dr. Joe Burke, Calhoun Interim President.

“Funding for this project further solidifies the relationship Athens State University and Calhoun Community College enjoy and provides unprecedented access for students wishing to complete a degree in visual and performing arts,” stated Dr. Philip Way, President of Athens State University.

Earlier this year, the Alabama Center for the Arts Foundation, a newly formed 501c3 organization dedicated to the growth of the Alabama Center for the Arts, purchased the property with locally donated funds for the new residence hall. The structure will be located on the corner of 1st Avenue and Johnston Street in downtown Decatur.

About the Alabama Center for the Arts

The Alabama Center for the Arts is the region’s premier art center and degree program. The project continues a long-standing collaborative academic effort between Calhoun Community College and Athens State University and serves as a model of academic institutional cooperation for the state. The Alabama Center for the Arts is a venue for cultural events and activities and enhances an appreciation of art while promoting opportunities for creative expression for residents throughout the region.

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