Message From our President on Calhoun ValuesJune 22, 2020
Greetings Calhoun Community College students, faculty, staff and friends. I would like to pause for a moment to state my personal commitment and Calhoun’s position as an equal opportunity educational institution. Discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, marital status or for any other reason is not tolerated. We have witnessed the loss of lives and unrest in recent weeks across the country as our nation once again comes to grips with its history on race relations. Injustices and disrespect have no place and are not welcomed nor tolerated here at Calhoun Community College. Dr. Martin Luther King said, “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools”. I believe it is never too late for those who support change, growth and tolerance to find ways for all of us to live, work and learn together.
Calhoun Community College was established when the Tennessee Valley State Technical School and Calhoun State Junior College consolidated in 1947. We have seen many changes over the years as the college has grown from a small technical school to a comprehensive community college preparing our students to compete across the country and around the world. The administration, faculty and staff here at Calhoun are committed to our statement of values: accountability, collaboration, diversity, equity, innovation and integrity. Our vision statement is “Success for every student, the community and the college”. We have not made it to the finish line, we realize there is still more work to be done, new ground to break, more challenges to overcome. However, we recommit daily to live up to those principles that describe who we are and what we do. We do not take our values and vision lightly, we work very hard each day to make sure the words we use are our reality. Anything less is unacceptable.
Joe Burke, Ph.D.
Calhoun Community College