Dr. Jim Klauber, president of Calhoun Community College, has announced that the college has been awarded $279,000 in grant funding from the Alabama Community College System’s Special Population Training funds for two programs aimed at increasing the number of students trained to enter targeted industry sectors.
The college was awarded a $250,000 grant to purchase a chemical processing and mixing line trainer, which will be utilized by students enrolled in Calhoun’s Advanced Manufacturing program. According to the grant proposal, the equipment purchased through the grant will provide training for existing maintenance forces as well as future maintenance employees.
“This new equipment will allow the college to train a wide variety of students, including adult students, high school dual enrollment students, displaced workers and incumbent workers, providing them with a number of certifications and credentials,” commented John Holley, Calhoun’s interim assistant dean for technologies.
Additionally, the college was awarded a $29,000 grant from ACCS to be used for curriculum support in its Computer Information Systems program, specifically to provide a pilot program for remote instruction of real-time and streamed video collaborations systems to give students more flexibility in course offerings.
“We are extremely appreciative to our local legislative delegation, the ACCS board of trustees, and to Chancellor Jimmy Baker for providing these additional financial resources to the college,” said Klauber.
“The training we will provide through these grant dollars will help to augment our existing programs and will ultimately have a positive impact on our students as we prepare them for current and future workforce demands,” Klauber added