Calhoun Community College Receives $2,500 from TVA’s Corporate Contributions


Calhoun Community College has been awarded $2,500 from the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Corporate Contributions fund to support the college’s BEST Robotics program. 

According to Dr. Debi Hendershot, Calhoun’s dean for planning, research and grants, the college will use the funds to support the BEST Robotics program and competition.  The Tennessee Valley BEST program was started in 2003 by a small group of volunteers who worked in the Huntsville area at various engineering based companies.   In 2007, it became a program of Calhoun Community College in partnership with the K-12 Outreach offices of Auburn University’s Ginn College of Engineering and College of Sciences and Mathematics.

“TVA continues to be an extremely valuable and supportive corporate partner for Calhoun,” commented Hendershot.  “This latest contribution to the college will enable us to provide additional support for our BEST Robotics program and to encourage more involvement in and interest by area high school students in the robotics field,” she added.

The TVA grant was presented to Calhoun President Marilyn Beck by Jason G. Harper, manager of valley relations for the Agency. “Community colleges like Calhoun are beacons to our region,” Harper said.

This year’s Tennessee Valley BEST competition will take place Saturday, October 26, 2013, on Calhoun’s Decatur campus.  For more information about program or the competition, please visit the College’s website at or call 256-306-2814 or 256-642-2610.

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