Calhoun Receives $50,000 Grant From Appalachian Regional Commission


The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has announced the approval of a grant in the amount of $50,000 to Calhoun Community College for the “Using Technology to Train 21st Century Workers” program.

According to the grant proposal, the award will be used for new equipment for the college’s Welding program and lab.  At least 40 students, 20 each semester, are to be trained using the new equipment.

Calhoun’s Welding program now serves non-credit students in a 15-week, full-time program which prepares the students for certification testing.  Currently, the program can serve only 16 students per term, however with the addition of the new equipment to be purchased through the ARC funding, the program can expand to serve both credit and non-credit students and will allow for more flexible scheduling and increased access to the training. 

“The new equipment the college will purchase will also provide our students access to a wider array of welding equipment and training, such as TIG, MIG, Plasma Arc and flux core technologies,” commented Bethany Clem-Shockney, Calhoun’s Dean for Business, Technologies and Workforce Development.  Clem-Shockney adds that the different types of welding are needed by industrial maintenance and aerospace industries as well as by advanced manufacturing plants.

In addition to the $50,000 in ARC funding, state sources provided another $69,234, for total project funding of $119,234.

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