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Calhoun Receives Approval for New Academic Programs

February 4, 2021

Calhoun Community College is excited to announce its approval from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) to offer new academic programs this spring.

According to Dr. Donna Estill, Calhoun Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, administrators, faculty, and staff within the college worked together to develop a curriculum that would provide students with both hands-on training and classroom instruction. The goal was to create coursework that would train students with the skillset desired by many industry employers.

The three-part approval process began with obtaining approval from Calhoun’s Curriculum Committee for the proposed academic areas listed below.  From there, a proposal was prepared and submitted to the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) for review and approval from the ACCS Board. Once approved by the board, ACHE would make the final decision to approve or deny the request for new programs.

The approved new programs include:

Academic Programs

  • Associate of  Applied Science in Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Applied Science in Visual Communications: Multimedia Production Technology

Short Certificate Programs

  • Computer Information Systems – w/emphasis in Computer Technician
  • Computer Information Systems – w/emphasis in Cybersecurity Essentials
  • Computer Information Systems – w/emphasis in Programming Essentials
  • Computer Information Systems – w/emphasis in Systems Server Administration
  • Computer Information Systems – w/emphasis in Software Applications
  • Computer Information Systems – w/emphasis in Swift App Development
  • Aerospace Welding
  • Engineering Design Technology
  • Additive Manufacturing Design Technology
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Manual Machining
  • Advanced CNC
  • Tool and Die
  • Welding Technology
  • Basic Manufacturing and Fabrication Welding
  • Pipe Welding
  • Child Development
  • Security
  • Programmable Controllers
  • Automotive Electrical Technician
  • Visual Communications Multimedia Production

“The Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice began its work in 2013 as a suggestion from the Security and Criminal Justice Advisory Board for the college which consists of law enforcement agencies across the Tennessee Valley region,” commented Estill. “Students who graduate from this program will have the training to immediately work in a variety of law enforcement industries including legal offices,” added Estill.

The college created the Multimedia Production Technology program several years ago, but determined a more extensive program was necessary. The growing interest in the certificate program made it clear that a degree program was the best way to train students who are interested in this career field. The Multimedia Technology Program focuses on the technical side of video production and provides students with the knowledge and skills to work at television stations, businesses that require digital media production, as well as national film crews.

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