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Calhoun Community College Awarded $200,000 ARC Grant

May 21, 2019

Decatur, AL – The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has announced the approval of a grant in the amount of $199,997 to Calhoun Community College for the college’s Automotive Technology for Dual Enrollment Students project.

According to Gwen Baker, director of Dual Enrollment at Calhoun, the investment will provide training for fifteen (15) additional students per semester for automotive technician careers. The project will ensure that the program is able to produce graduates with the skill-sets and competencies necessary to succeed in the automotive technology maintenance workforce.

Calhoun will utilize the grant funding to purchase instructional equipment for automotive technology training programs housed at the Limestone County Career Technical Center and Morgan County Career Technical Center to deliver training to support the region’s expanding automotive technology industry. In collaboration with area employers, dual enrollment training pathways will be expanded to include state-of-the-art equipment which will allow the College to enroll additional students into the programs. These career training pathways will address the lack of skilled workers in the automotive technology industry.

“We thank the ARC for this investment in support of Calhoun’s efforts in workforce development for our region,” commented Dr. Joe Burke, Calhoun’s interim president.

Calhoun will create certificates in automotive technology and develop short-term and long-term training programs to ensure the region has a pipeline of skilled workers. According to the grant award, the project will serve Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, and Morgan counties in the Appalachian Region of North Alabama. In addition to ARC funds, local sources will provide an additional $221,287, bringing the total project funding to $421,284.

About the Appalachian Regional Commission

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian region. ARC’s™ mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia and help the region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation. More information is available at

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